Tuesday was a day of action for Brad Treliving and the Calgary Flames. They extended AHL forward Martin Pospisil, announced the name of their new AHL affiliate as the Calgary Wranglers, and re-signed restricted free agents (RFAs). Oliver Kylington and André Mangiapane. Mangiapane’s news cam
Mangiapane contract details
The Flames re-signed Mangiapane to a three-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $5.8 million, and he will become an unrestricted free agent (UFA) when that contract ends. This new three-year contract buys his last RFA year and two UFA years. Mangiapane had an arbitration hearing on Aug. 5, so he and the Flames settled three days early, avoiding all the drama and bad feelings that can come with it.
The absence of a mandate may surprise some, but Mangiapane played a leverage role in this contract negotiation because he was only a year away from free will. Having been nickel and dime in his last contracts, it makes sense that Mangiapane and his agent would come up to bat this time around, and scoring 25 goals in 2021-22 has certainly helped. After researching comparable contracts for Mangiapane, I had forecast a four or five year contract at an AAV between $5 and $5.7 million AAV, so the forecast was a bit low on the AAV and a bit high over the years, demonstrating the leverage that Mangiapane has had this time around.
Mangiapane’s performance on ice
Mangiapane had a breakout season in 2021-22, placing in the top six forwards and setting career highs in all major statistical categories. The 5’10”, 184-pound winger had 35 goals and 20 assists for 55 points in 82 games (0.67 P/GP), which shattered his previous career highs. Mangiapane’s 35 goals ranked 25th in the league last year in that category, with players like Timo Meier, Mitch Marmer, Josh Norrisand Adrian Kempe.
Mangiapane scored those 35 goals while playing on a 5-on-5 stop line and not seeing first-unit power play time until the end of the regular season. While his stat numbers have improved, his underlying metrics have also improved which continues to show just how good a player Mangiapane is.
Starting with his isolated 5v5 impact of HockeyViz.com, you can see how good a Mangiapane player has been in his career and how he has improved even more in 2021-2022. Mangiapane has displayed consistently good results both in attack and defence, with significant contributions in and around the net. Calgary was also a significantly better team in offensive and defensive zones at 5-on-5 when Mangiapane was on the ice compared to when he was off.
Moving on to the WAR percentile chart courtesy of JFreshHockey, we can see again that Andrew Mangiapane is such a good hockey player, with excellent offensive and defensive strength, shorthandedness, goalscoring and finishing ability. One thing to note about Mangiapane’s card is that Competitive Percentage is lower than the other values, so he showed those great numbers when he wasn’t playing against the opposition’s best players.
As Mangiapane progresses and gains more ice time, one would expect the competition value to increase and the other numbers to regress a bit, but should perform well above its value thanks to this three-year contract.
Mangiapane is one of the best possession, net-front and defensive players among NHL forwards, coupled with good point offense and volume shooting. Mangiapane is a very rare player to find in the NHL because he checks so many boxes and can provide a team in so many different ways, he’s so valuable.
Calgary’s top six
Upon re-signing Mangiapane, the Flames’ top six is cemented as follows:
Huberdeau ($5.9m) – Lindholm ($4.85m) – Toffoli ($4.25m)
Mangiapane ($5.8M) – Backlund ($5.35M) – Coleman ($4.9M)
It’s certainly not the same top line that wiped out other teams last season, but the closed second line that was very effective last season stays together. With the shiny new contract, there is even a case where Mangiapane should be played on the front line.
Calgary’s Final Six
The last six projects look like:
Pelletier ($863K) – Monahan ($6.38M) – Dubé ($2.3M)
Lucic ($5.25M) – Rooney ($1.3M) – Lewis ($800,000)
That back six remains a concern, as you have a rookie and a player returning from another significant injury both playing on the third line, with a fourth line not exactly screaming at you. Addressing the final six will certainly become the priority for Brad Treliving and co. as players in the free agent market begin to lower their asking prices as teams begin to fill. I would expect at least two more NHL-caliber forwards to be signed before the season begins, whether through trade, free agency or a pro tryout deal.
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