Flames sign Bennett to 2-year, $5.1 million deal

CALGARY, Alberta -- The Calgary Flames and forward Sam Bennett avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $2.55 million on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old Bennett had 13 goals, 14 assists and a team-high 93 penalty minutes in 71 games last season. He has 55 goals, 61 assists and 264 penalty minutes in 312 regular-season games in five seasons, all with the Flames. In 20 playoff games, he has six goals and five assists.

Bennett and the Flames were scheduled to have an arbitration hearing Saturday.