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Why an offer sheet for Flames' Sam Bennett could make sense for Canucks

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Is Sam Bennett ripe for an offer sheet?

Is he coveted enough outside Calgary for a team to try sticking it to the cap-strapped Flames with an offer he can’t refuse?

On the outset it may sound like the oddest of names to attach to a practice even rarer than payphone use. But it may not be the craziest of possibilities.

Bennett made $1.95 million in each of the last two seasons and needs to be offered a 10-per cent raise to qualify him this summer. That means the minimum the arbitration-eligible forward would make as a Flame moving forward would be $2.14 million.

It’s hardly cost-prohibitive, but you can bet the versatile third-line winger will be pressing for more in negotiations that may end up in an arbitrator’s hands.

With Matthew Tkachuk looking at eating up in the neighbourhood of $8 to $9 million of the $14.5 million in cap space left, one must keep in mind the Flames also need to ink their two opening-night goalies, which don’t come cheap.

It makes it hard to find room for RFA Andrew Mangiapane, UFA Garnet........

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