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Flames, RFA Mangiapane at surprising stalemate in contract talks

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CALGARY – Matthew Tkachuk’s contract situation isn’t what’s preventing Andrew Mangiapane from being signed.

About $200,000 appears to be the sticking point.

While neither side of the negotiation is willing to confirm numbers, it’s clear the unexpected stalemate revolves around whether he deserves much of a bump from his qualifying offer.

"We provided them with an offer for one year, based on players provided to us as comparables, and we’re waiting to hear back," said agent Ritch Winter, who represents the 23-year-old restricted free agent.

"We feel strong in our position – it’s fair but it’s just not there yet," countered Flames GM Brad Treliving, who admits he never foresaw talks stalling on the up-and-coming winger.

"I am a little bit surprised. To me, this is a really big year for him. Hopefully, he gets in. I’m confident at some point we’ll get something done."

What both sides agree on is that Tkachuk’s pending payday has nothing to do with Mangiapane’s situation.

"No, we’re not waiting........

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