“Was getting nervous with hearing approaching” – Andrew Mangiapane positive on new-look Calgary Flames for Pacific title contention 

Andrew Mangiapane was selected by the Flames in the 6th round as 166th overall during the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Andrew Mangiapane signs deal with Calgary Flames
Andrew Mangiapane signs deal with Calgary Flames

Canadian ice hockey left winger Andrew Mangiapane, who recently agreed to a 3-year $17.4 million deal (annual average value of $5.8 million) with the Calgary Flames on Tuesday, said he’s thrilled with his entry to the new team. The 26-year-old also stated that he feels the team has a legitimate shot to win the Pacific Division with the help of newcomers Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar.

The Bolton native Mangiapne was earlier scheduled for an arbitration hearing on Friday. He is coming off a great season in which he set personal National Hockey League (NHL) highs in goals (35), assists (20) and points (55). As a result, he will be looked to pick up part of the offensive slack with the departure of top forwards like Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk.

“Obviously I’m excited that we could get a three-year deal done,” Mangiapane said Wednesday during an appearance at the Boots and Hearts Barn Burner charity hockey game, as quoted by NHL.com.

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“Wanted to stay in Calgary longer” 

Andrew Mangiapane signs deal with Calgary Flames
Andrew Mangiapane signs deal with Calgary Flames

Andrew Mangiapane further went on to say that the past three weeks have been nothing less than a roller coaster ride for him, just like it has been for his teammates and Flames fans.

“I was getting nervous with the hearing approaching. I wanted a longer-term deal. I wanted to stay in Calgary longer. Obviously, we’ve got some new pieces and some guys left, but I’m still excited about our team. I think we can be in the mix to finish atop the division. I really do.

I know there’s been a lot of talk about whether guys want to play in Canada or not. Well, I love playing in Canada. I love being in the Canadian market. I’m from Canada (Bolton, Ontario), grew up in Canada, and being in Calgary, it’s like a second home to me. I love the city, I love the organization and my teammates are great. It’s a great place to play hockey.”

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