July 18 2016 08:00AM
This isn't the first time Ladislav Smid has appeared on this list, but this is his current number - because injured or not, he's still a Flame, and still has a number to go with it.
Considering how he exclusively wore #5 with the Oilers before coming to the Flames, #15 is maybe the number that made the most sense for him to have, period; but just like #5, it was already taken. And when it became available, well... Smid became the next guy in a long line of players to don #15.
July 17 2016 08:00AM
I'm a firm believer in retiring numbers. I don't think it should be done often, but I do believe that, when a player becomes so special to a franchise, his number deserves a formal retirement. Nothing gimmicky, just a to-the-point banner raising as nobody ever gets to wear that number for that team ever again.
Some players are worth it.
The #12 should be one of those. It's early yet, but it's really easy to see a future in which the #13 joins it.
July 16 2016 08:00AM
If you want to get really traditional, players have to graduate to a non-training camp number - that is to say, a lower one. A lot of training camp numbers tend to be high and look odd and out of place, but it kind of fits: when they make the team for real, they'll get their number for real.
Mikael Backlund started life in the NHL as #60, but once he made it full time, he took over #11. He's already one of the longest-tenured Flames to wear it.
July 15 2016 11:00AM
It's the middle of July and for all intents and purposes the Flames' roster for 2016-17 is set. Brad Treliving has two major items on his to-do list left: re-sign Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. Re-inking the kids is an inevitability, so that's just a question of what the numbers end up being.
After that, it will be a minor tweak here and there. Likely, Treliving will opt to re-sign some of the club's lingering RFAs and UFAs to fill in the depth. Unless he get scooped up by another team in the meantime, it Jakub Nakladal come back on one-year deal for instance.
So what is the roster going to look like? Let's take a guess.
July 15 2016 08:00AM
Lucky number seven! A lot of players have donned this number for the Flames franchise. Some have been incredible; others, a little less so.
The current incarnation of #7 actually saw his career start off with #66, a number that probably harkens a little more towards greatness. Still, throughout #7's lengthy history on this team, we may be witnessing one of the better incarnations - one in a career that's far from over.