If you have spent any time on the Cardiac Cane website recently, you will know that I have been talking about the Carolina Hurricanes’ need for goal scoring. One free agent that might be somewhat realistic to acquire given Calgary’s cap issue is Andrew Mangiapane. Due to things outside of the control of the Toronto, Ontario native, the Calgary Flames might be in an awkward position with the winger.
Calgary has one of the biggest fish in terms of both the UFA pool and the RFA pond to re-sign and with very limited cap space available to them, Mangiapane might not be someone they can afford to keep around. He’s not going to be a flashy name that you see a thousand rumors linking him with an offer sheet, but there’s a perfect storm forming around him as an offer sheet target if he wants it.
Mangiapane tallied 30 goals and 25 assists for 55 points in 82 games for a pleasingly complete stat line. Mangiapane has been someone that the Flames have been able to depend on constantly as a producer in their top nine. On a team with so many offensive weapons, Mangiapane might just be another guy but he could look to get out of their shadows this summer and aid a team with scoring woes.
Mangiapane is a difficult one to pin point. If you offer him 4 million, Calgary probably matches so a 2nd isn’t going to be enough to get him. You could offer up the 1st, but at that point is it worth it? Of the three players I have talked about, Mangiapane is clearly the best of the three but it does raise questions about the likelihood of getting him and his value. Is he worth the first and third? I’ll leave that up to you to decide.