Flames forward Bennett satisfied with role since Sutter’s arrival at Saddledome

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Wes Gilbertson

Calgary Flames Sam Bennett during warm-up before a game against the Ottawa Senators in NHL hockey in Calgary on Sunday March 7, 2021. Al Charest / Postmedia Photo by Al Charest /Al Charest Postmedia Article content

He wanted a change of scenery.

It seems he’s had a change of heart.

The question now is whether Calgary Flames forward Sam Bennett — a guy who, since his agent leaked word of his wish for a fresh start with a different organization, has made more headlines than highlights — will be changing his address prior to Monday’s trade deadline.

Asked after Wednesday’s practice if the hiring of hard-nosed coach Darryl Sutter has altered his outlook on his future with the Flames, Bennett replied: “Yeah, absolutely it did.”

“I’m happy playing under Darryl,” said Bennett, whose early-season trade request came while Geoff Ward was still the lead whistler at the Saddledome. “I think I’ve gotten more opportunity and I have been able to play my game a little bit more.

“I want to have a big role and an important role and help this team win. I think when I’m playing more, I’m playing better and I can help the team have success. That definitely makes it fun and makes me enjoy coming to the rink when I have a big role. So I’ve definitely been in a better…

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