CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames aren't hesitating to play rookie Sam Bennett in Game 3 of the best-of-7 Western Conference Second Round series at home against the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday (9:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVA Sports), his 10th game of the season, despite his contract status.
"Contacts don't matter to us," Flames coach Bob Hartley said Monday. "We're a pro organization, a very classy organization, and never have I had a conversation with [general manager] Brad Treliving or [president of hockey operations] Brian Burke about the contract of Sam Bennett. They always allow me to play the players that we feel will help us win.
"Sam Bennett will be in the lineup [Tuesday]."
The NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement allows for nine games from the start of the regular season during which a player on his entry-level contract can be evaluated. A 10th game burns the first season of the three-year entry-level contract.