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.)
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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.
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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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