Calgary Flames forward Andrew Mangiapane played most of last season with an injured shoulder
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By Ryan Pike21 days ago
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Not a lot went well for the Calgary Flames during the 2022-23 season. Following the regular season, Sportsnet’s Eric Francis reported that forward Andrew Mangiapane went under the knife for shoulder surgery. Speaking at the Calgary Italian Open golf tournament earlier this week, Mangiapane revealed that he was injured early in the 2022-23 season but he’s on track to be ready for training camp.
(Over at NHL.com, our pal Aaron Vickers has a great rundown of Mangiapane’s comments at the event, and you can check out his chat with the media over on the Flames’ YouTube channel, too.)
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Here’s what Mangiapane had to say regarding his shoulder, responding to a question from The Athletic’s Julian McKenzie (“How’s your shoulder?):
“It’s good. Obviously I had a shoulder surgery in the off-season there, but everything is going as planned and the medical team and the surgeon and everything like that is saying it’s looking great. It might be affecting my golf game a little bit today. Everything’s on path and like I said, just excited to start camp on time and just get everything going.”
Per Mangiapane, the injury happened “early on” and kept bothering him on and off throughout the rest of the season. He didn’t specify how early the injury occurred. “I didn’t think it was anything too serious, and then turns out I needed shoulder surgery and all that,” he added later in the chat with the media.
The 2022-23 season was supposed to be Mangiapane’s coming-out party. After a superb performance in 2021-22 that saw him score 35 goals and 55 points and earned him a brand-new three-year deal with a $5.8 million cap hit, the hope/expectation was that he’d be a big, big piece of the Flames’ offensive attack. Instead, Mangiapane’s shooting percentage plunged – he scored on 9.3% of his shots after being a 17.1% shooter in his career to that point – and he scored just 17 goals.
Add another frustration to the Flames’ terrible, horrible, no good, very bad 2022-23 season… and another reason the organization is surely very happy to turn the page and write a new chapter when the 2023-24 season begins on Oct. 11.
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