Bennett filed for salary arbitration Friday. Bennett recorded 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists) over 71 games last season. The 23-year-old has played in at least 70 games in each of the last four seasons -- including 81- and 82-game seasons in 2016-17 and 2017-18, respectively -- and has seen significant time on the power play unit. It's highly likely that both parties will agree on a new salary before the arbitration hearings.
Bennett received a qualifying offer from the Flames on Tuesday. This news isn't surprising, considering the Flames wouldn't want Bennett to hit the open market without receiving compensation in return. The 23-year-old produced 27 points in 71 games during his fourth full season at the NHL level, and seems to be entering his prime. He's arbitration-eligible this summer, so he'll likely be due a raise after earning just $1.95 million this campaign.
Bennett registered an assist and nine hits in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Avalanche in Game 5. Bennett was one of the best Flames' skaters in the series with a goal and four helpers, but he alone could not save them from a 4-1 series loss. He added 25 hits, 16 PIM and nine shots in the series. Bennett is an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent this summer, and he'll likely be due a raise after earning $1.95 million this year. The fourth overall pick from 2014 has never had more than 36 points in a season, which came in 2015-16, his first full NHL campaign.
Bennett scored a power-play goal and added three hits and 12 PIM in Monday's 6-2 loss to the Avalanche in Game 3. Bennett's second-period goal gave the Flames a brief glimmer of hope before Mikko Rantanen squashed it with a goal of his own 4:22 later. Bennett then got caught up in some shenanigans with Avalanche winger Matt Calvert, taking a misconduct penalty in the process. With four points and 11 hits in the series, Bennett has been one of the most productive Flames, which makes him worth a look as a DFS option for Wednesday's Game 4.
Bennett had an assist on both Calgary goals in Saturday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Avalanche in Game 2 of their first-round series. Bennett also had four hits for the second consecutive game. He's contributed three assists, two on the man advantage, and five shots in the two playoff appearances, and was boosted onto the top line with Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau in overtime. If that change is permanent, Bennett's fantasy value would rise for as long as the arrangement lasts.
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