Very early on in what would be the Flames’ 6-3 victory over the Seattle Kraken, Andrew Mangiapane had an unbelievable chance to open the scoring, but was stopped by a sprawling dive from Jared McCann. While McCann was down on the ice, Mangiapane cross-checked the Kraken forward right between the top of his shoulders and bottom of his helmet. This was immediately ruled a five minute major penalty but was then reviewed and changed to a match penalty to the Flames’ forward. Take a look at the hit here:
Mangiapane suspended one game
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced today that Mangiapane has been suspended one game for cross-checking.
Mangiapane has never been suspended or fined before in his NHL career, so this is the first offense in his NHL career.
Mangiapane will be banned from playing in the following game:
- Tuesday November 7, 2023: vs Nashville Predators
This may open the door for the Flames to recall Matt Coronato from the Calgary Wranglers. The former Harvard Crimson scored a goal in his first AHL game this season and is likely just down as a confidence booster after a not-great start to his NHL career this year.
This would be tight for the Flames, who are presently up against the cap. They currently have $749,000 and change in open space, which would be hard to fit just about anyone under the cap. Bringing up another forward will require some careful maneuvering from GM Craig Conroy and team to make the math work.
Mangiapane has the option to appeal the suspension to the commissioner, however, he cannot appeal to an independent arbitrator since the suspension is less than six games.