One more piece of news on a busy weekend for the Calgary Flames! Per a release from the National Hockey League Players Association, Flames forward Andrew Mangiapane has filed for salary arbitration.

Mangiapane, 24, is coming off a career year on a low-ball “show me” contract with the Flames. He signed a one year, one-way deal last fall for $715,000 – $15,000 above league minimum – and proceeded to be really good at hockey. Playing primarily on the second line with Matthew Tkachuk and Mikael Backlund, he had 17 goals and 32 points in 68 games. Now? He’s gonna get a raise.

The question is how much. We dug into his contractual comparables during the pause and our conclusion was as follows:

On a short term deal (two seasons), the conversation probably gets interesting when the cap hit gets around $2.4 million. On a longer deal (closer to four seasons), somewhere around $2.8 to $3 million would be enough to become tantalizing for the Mangiapane camp. Once you get past three seasons, you’re starting to buy potential UFA years.

The arbitration process involves the Flames and Mangiapane’s camp explaining to a neutral arbiter which player they feel are comparable to Mangiapane (and why), and based upon those comparisons recommending a salary for the next season (or two).

Salary arbitration hearings will be held from Oct. 20 to Nov. 8. If nothing else, filing for arbitration adds some urgency to the negotiations between the two sides. Based upon history, they probably agree to a new deal before they hit the hearing date – most arbitration cases don’t make it to the hearing itself.

A sixth round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (in his second year of eligibility), Mangiapane is basically the poster child for the Flames’ late round draft strategy of selecting smaller guys who score a ton.