Several months after his trade demand went public, Sam Bennett was singing a different tune Wednesday.
Asked if he has altered his stance, he spoke glowingly of Darryl Sutter, who came in last month and saddled the Calgary Flames winger with slightly more ice time and responsibility than Geoff Ward did.
“I’m happy playing under Darryl,” said Bennett. “I think I’ve gotten more opportunity and I’ve been able to play my game a little bit more.”
Has the new coach breathed new life into him, in terms of how he looks at his future in Calgary?
“Ya, absolutely,” he said. “I want to have a big role and important role to help this team win. When I’m playing more I’m playing better and can help the team have success. It definitely makes it fun and makes me enjoy coming to the rink when I have a big role. I’ve definitely been in a better mindset.”
Sutter confirmed that in his mind the suggestion that Bennett wants out is old news.
“We went past that the first time I talked to Sam here, so that’s out of the question,” said Sutter, who has long been a fan of the type of gritty player Bennett is. “Sam and I are on the same page and away he goes.”
It’s an interesting twist to one of the only plotlines linking the Flames to Monday’s trade deadline.
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