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Flames in no rush to sign fourth overall pick Bennett

Jul 9, 2014, 9:41 PM EDT

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Last year, the Flames signed Sean Monahan 22 days after taking him sixth overall at the draft.

Three years ago, they inked Sven Baertschi 10 days after taking him 13th overall.

But despite that history, Calgary GM Brad Treliving says there’s no reason to rush the process with the team’s latest top draftee, Sam Bennett, taken fourth overall at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia.

“It’s not something we think we have to go out and do this afternoon, but obviously it’s something we’ll take a look at fairly soon,” Treliving said, per Flames TV. “Would I like it done (by training camp)? Sure. I don’t think it has any bearing on where Sam starts. That will all be based on his play.

“It’s not something we think we have to rush out and do this afternoon, but obviously it’s something we’re going to take a look at fairly soon.”

There’s a lot of buzz around Bennett right now thanks to his performance at Calgary’s summer prospects camp. He, along with Johnny Gaudreau, have been two of the bright spots and given the lack of veterans up front for the Flames, there are NHL jobs to be had this fall. Calgary also had some success in this area last year, when they kept Monahan up rather than return him to junior; he responded with a solid rookie campaign, finishing fourth among first-year players with 22 goals and eighth in Calder voting.

Like Monahan, Bennett is a center and will need to find a spot on the depth chart among the likes of Mikael Backlund, Matt Stajan, Lance Bouma and Max Reinhart. It wouldn’t be surprising if he’s returned to OHL Kingston for another year of seasoning.

  1. justanotherphillyfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Matt Stajan serious?

  2. quinner17 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:15 PM

    Matt Stajan is a decent 3rd-4th line center. He was resigned for that reason. You wouldn’t know that cuz you’re too busy watching the Flyers implode yearly since the 70’s

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:41 PM

      Tell me you’re not a Flames fan, because I don’t think someone who roots for a team thats been to the playoffs 5 times since 1996 has any reason to talk about implosions.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        I hate to sound like a Pens fan here but…1975! What do you have planned for the 40th anniversary? Were you even around to watch the Flyers have success? The only unfortunate thing is that you’ve actually got a competent GM now, as long as the chairman stays out of things the days of the Flyers being a bipolar mess will likely end with them becoming a consistent contender.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:04 PM

        You do sound like a Pens fan. Yes, I was around 40 years ago Most SC cup appearances since the post expansion era, The Flyers have been consistently competitive since their inception. So take a deep breath homer cause you seem like a dolt.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:35 PM

        You might want to check your stats, the Canadiens have 3 more SCF appearances in that time than the Flyers do, they had 8 post expansion appearances before the 80’s. And they don’t have the dismal 2-6 record either, they’re 10-1, guess who the one loss was to?

        And well done calling me dolt, I haven’t been hit by a barb that sharp in quite some time.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:43 PM

        My facts are valid. Here are some more fun facts:
        the Flyers are the most successful in terms of all-time points percentage (.579) – second only to the Montreal Canadiens (.588) in NHL history. Additionally, the Flyers have the most appearances in the league semi-finals (known as the conference finals since the 1981–82 season) out of all 24 expansion teams (16), the most Stanley Cup Finals appearances (8), and they are tied with St. Louis Blues for the most playoff appearances out of all the expansion teams (36 out of 44 seasons).

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:05 AM

        Not sure how you can be the most successful in terms of winning percentage when you immediately say they’re second to the Canadiens? Did you leave out expansion team? Putting all of that aside:

        Here’s the fun facts that matter: It’ll be a minimum 40 years in between Stanley Cups for your team and a minimum 26 years for my team, with the likelihood that it will increase at least another year for both of us since I don’t see either team being able to compete with Chicago and LA at this point.

        More fun facts: Philly is in a tough cap situation, but they do have some good young pieces and a GM who I think is really good at what he does (the LA guys give him a lot of credit for helping build that organization to what it is) it’ll take some work by him to get out from under some of the mess that Holmgren left (Lecavalier being exhibit 1) but once he does I think the future will be bright, as long as Snider and the fans remain patient and let him do what he needs to do.

        For my team, well they were in a massive hole, no doubt about that, but they’ve done a very good job of accumulating lots of good young pieces with potential (ranked as the 6th deepest organization this past spring) however potential doesn’t mean much until players start delivering (see Edmonton) regardless of that it’s been a long time since Calgary has had so many young skilled players to be excited about (the mid 80’s to be exact) although they had the worst record they’ve had in a long time this past season fans are very excited by the young players, and the fact that Bob Hartley has got the team playing an exciting hard working type of game where they’re in it pretty much every night and they score goals. We like to think the future will be bright here as well, although it’s probably the season after this next one where we’ll see things really start to blossom.

        Now commenting on the original comments: It does go unnoticed by pretty much everyone outside this market, but Stajan is actually a pretty good 3rd or 4th line center, he does a good job defensively and is the Flames best faceoff man, but his last contract was overpriced and he was miscast as a scoring center, he’s just starting a more reasonable extension and I wouldn’t be shocked to hear about teams looking to acquire him next year at the deadline.

    • broadstreetsbaddest88 - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:58 AM

      How you gonna say the flyers are a bipolar mess every year when they are for the most part are contenders every year. No one was talkin about the Canadians. Your tryin to compare your flames to the flyers an realize they don’t come close to comparing in success so you try an use the Canadians as leverage, the most successful team in history that’s been around over 100 years. The flames suck basically every year since the early 90’s. youve been to 3 cups an won one. Flames got a bright future but don’t act like your franchise is something special

      • obamareallysucks - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        just a dumbphuk from philly. scumbag losers.

  3. canada2014gold - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    I’m a Canucks fan and I give some respect to Calgary here. Florida take note

  4. ray2013 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:16 AM

    I don’t see the reasoning for not signing right away. This should be the easiest contract they’ll negotiate all year. Delaying the obvious just creates the potential for poor relations between the team and a key prospect/rookie, and can create distractions for no reason.

    Or is he just waiting until after the Stampede?

  5. blomfeld - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:44 AM


    With all due respect to Halford & crew, nobody gives a crap about the Calgary Flames and their ‘stupid’ draft picks. Nor sir ! Because tonight, all the people ‘want or need’ to talk about is Deutschland vs Argentina ! That’s right, as in four days time the ‘supreme’ champion of the world’s most ‘beautiful’ game will be decided, there in the ‘steamy & sultry’ climes of 3rd world Brazil. And God willing, Germany ‘will’ prevail ! … :)

    GLAUBEN !! .. KAMPF !! .. SIEGEN !! … FÜR DEUTSCHLAND !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

    *** earlier tonight at a worker’s bar in the Altona district of Hamburg ***

    Blomfeld: friends, I know it looks good, but I’m still apprehensive about Sunday eh ?

    Stransky: mein lieber Blomfeld, how many times have we been through this before ?

    Meyer: that’s right Blom, you’re always taking the side of ‘humility’ with things here ?

    Gai Lan: well that’s because my Blommy isn’t one to go around and boast like others !

    Blomfeld: thanks baby … okay you guys, it ‘definitely’ looks like we have the upper hand here eh ?

    Stransky: that’s the spirit comrade !

    Meyer: entschuldigen Sie mich Kellnerin … konnte wir bitte haben eine andere Runde von Getränken ?

    Waitress: of course comrades .. ‘anything’ for friends of comrade Blomfeld ! … tee hee hee !

    Gai Lan: I hate that beach !

    • blomfeld - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:50 AM

      DEUTSCHLAND vs ARGENTINA = LA KINGS vs NY RANGERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

  6. luz56 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    I don’t dispute where the Flames are at but yes the future is brighter… These Flyers fans remind me of Oiler fans…yes 30 plus years ago you were great… That was then and we are living in the now

  7. stl333 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    They will probably wait until the kid can do a pull-up before signing him.

  8. canada2014gold - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    They have it right, don’t rush the prospect unless he’s Nathan Mackinnon. Calgary is going to be a good team in 2-3 years

  9. obamareallysucks - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    flyers suck like obama

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