Andrew Mangiapane, Oliver Kylington and Matthew Phillips have filed for salary arbitration
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By Ryan Pike1 year ago
Sunday is the deadline for players to file for salary arbitration and a trio of Calgary Flames have filed for arbitration. Andrew Mangiapane, Oliver Kylington and Matthew Phillips have filed, while Matthew Tkachuk has not.
Mangiapane, 26, was a sixth-round selection by the Flames in the 2015 NHL Draft. He became a full-time NHLer midway through the 2018-19 season and has emerged as one of the organization’s developmental success stories. He’s essentially gone from good AHLer to promising NHLer to good NHLer to very good NHLer, punctuated by a 35-goal outburst this past season while never really getting time on the first line or first power-play unit. He’s a year away from potential unrestricted free agency and because of that any arbitration award would be a one-year deal. (He’s coming off a two-year deal with a $2.425 million cap hit.)
Kylington, 25, was a second-round selection by the Flames in the 2015 NHL Draft. His developmental path has been a tad more bumpy; he spent three seasons in the AHL honing his defensive game before starting to push for regular NHL duty in 2018-19. In 2021-22, after three years of stops and starts in the NHL, he finally clicked and carved out a spot for himself on the second pair with Chris Tanev. As the party that didn’t file for arbitration, the Flames will have the choice between requesting a one or two-year award – a two-year deal would walk Kylington to unrestricted free agency. (He’s coming off a one-year deal with a league minimum $750,000 cap hit.)
Phillips, 24, was a sixth-round selection by the Flames in the 2016 NHL Draft. Despite his size, he’s emerged as one of the most reliable offensive contributors in the AHL. He’s coming off a one-year deal with a league minimum $750,000 cap hit, and going into arbitration is likely a strategic move aimed at pushing contract negotiations with the Flames along.
Because these three players have filed for arbitration, they can no longer accept their qualifying offers.
Salary arbitration hearings will be scheduled between July 27 and Aug. 11.
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