Friedman on Bennett, Flames’ long-term mindset

Sam Bennett’s career trajectory may not be tracking as well as that for which Calgary Flames fans would have hoped, but it doesn’t seem as if his general manager will be giving the forward away via trade anytime soon.

Bennett came up as a point of discussion during Elliotte Friedman’s Friday morning radio hit on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 following a discussion of some of the early-season waiver-related activity..

“One of the things I’m really curious about, and it’s directly related to you guys, is Sam Bennett,” said Friedman. “It looks like his role is not as high in the Flames as he would have hoped he would have had at this point in his career. But I’m not so convinced that they’re that interested in giving him away. I think your GM is well-aware about the potential, and I think he’s got a very long-term vision in the sense that if anyone is calling him about Bennett, I think the price is pretty high.”

Bennett was the fourth overall pick in the 2014 draft, and the conversation on 960 shifted toward Bennett’s need for AHL development, “but if you put him on waivers you would lose him.”

“100 percent,” agreed Friedman. “100 percent you’re going to lose him.”

Friedman also noted, “I do agree with you, I think it’s clear that maybe both the player and team need a chance of scenery. But I think you guys are looking at it like, ‘This is not necessarily a trade that we want to make,’ and I completely understand it. I completely get it. I think that’s the kind of trade you make with a fear that he figures it out somewhere else, and you don’t want to see that happen.

“It’s not a great situation for anybody. But it’s not one I see a really easy answer to because it’s one of those situations where you know another team is going to say, ‘Well, I’m not going to give you this because he’s not playing,’ and the Flames are saying, ‘Well, I’m not taking that’ because the kid is 22 years old, and he’s got a lot of potential.”

Bennett played 8:47 in the Flames’ opening night loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

He’s in the second season of a two-year, $3.9 million contract and will have arbitration rights this summer.

Contract-related info via CapFriendly