The Flames announce 2016-17 main camp roster and schedule

The 2015-16 season was not very good for the Calgary Flames. They had bad goaltending, bad defensive zone play, bad special teams and, ultimately, a pretty disappointing result in the standings.

The first step to a better result kicks off this week, as main training camp for the 2016-17 season gets underway with medical testing on Thursday and on-ice action beginning on Friday.

Full roster after the jump: [inj. = injured; WC = World Cup]

Goaltenders (7)

No. Player Age Primary 2015-16 Club Acquired Catches Ht Wt
Cap Hit
1 Brian Elliott 31 St. Louis Blues (NHL) Signed as free agent Left 6’2″ 209 $2.5m
31 Chad Johnson 30 Buffalo Sabres (NHL) Signed as free agent Left 6’3″ 196 $1.7m
32 Jon Gillies 22 Stockton Heat (AHL) 2012 Draft Left 6’6″ 223 $925k
40 David Rittich 24 Mlada Boleslav BK (Czech.) Signed as free agent Left 6’3″ 202 $925k
70 Nick Schneider 19 Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL) Signed as free agent Right 6’2″ 170 $642k
72 Mason McDonald 20 Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL) 2014 Draft Right 6’4″ 200 $823k
80 Tyler Parsons 18 London Knights (OHL) 2016 Draft Left 6’1″ 185 n/a

Defensemen (21)

No. Player Age Primary 2015-16 Club Acquired Shoots Ht Wt Cap Hit
3 Jyrki Jokipakka [WC] 25 Calgary Flames (NHL) Trade with Dallas Left 6’3″ 215 $700k
5 Mark Giordano 32 Calgary Flames (NHL) Signed as free agent Left 6’0″ 198 $6.75m
6 Dennis Wideman 33 Calgary Flames (NHL) Trade with Washington Right 6’0″ 202 $5.25m
7 T.J. Brodie 26 Calgary Flames (NHL) 2008 Draft Left 6’1″ 182 $4.65m
8 Nicklas Grossman 31 Arizona Coyotes (NHL) Invite (PTO) Left 6’4″ 230 n/a
15 Ladislav Smid [inj.] 30 Calgary Flames (NHL) Trade with Edmonton Left 6’4″ 210 $3.5m
26 Tyler Wotherspoon 23 Stockton Heat (AHL) 2011 Draft Left 6’2″ 207 $625k
27 Dougie Hamilton 23 Calgary Flames (NHL) Trade with Boston Right 6’6″ 210 $5.75m
29 Deryk Engelland 34 Calgary Flames (NHL) Signed as free agent Right 6’2″ 214 $2.917m
48 Colby Robak 26 Rochester Americans (AHL) Invite (PTO) Left 6’3″ 194 n/a
53 Kenney Morrison 24 Stockton Heat (AHL) Signed as free agent Right 6’2″ 208 $925k
54 Rasmus Andersson 19 Barrie Colts (OHL) 2015 Draft Right 6’1″ 214 *$787k
55 Mikhail Grigoriev 25 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL) Invite (PTO) Right 5’9″ 179 n/a
58 Oliver Kylington 19 Stockton Heat (AHL) 2015 Draft Left 6’0″ 183 *$762k
61 Brett Kulak 22 Stockton Heat (AHL) 2012 Draft Left 6’2″ 187 *$657k
67 Ryan Culkin 22 Adirondack Thunder (ECHL) 2012 Draft Left 6’2″ 200 *$657k
73 Keegan Kanzig 21 Calgary Hitmen (WHL) 2013 Draft Left 6’7″ 247 *$631k
76 Roman Dyukov 20 Yunost Minsk (Belarus) Invite (AHL contract) Left 6’1″ 190 n/a
80 Stepan Falkovsky 19 Ottawa 67’s (OHL) 2016 Draft Left 6’7″ 224 n/a
92 Aaron Hyman 18 Calgary Hitmen (WHL) Invite Right 6’5″ 224 n/a
98 Riley Bruce 19 North Bay Battalion (OHL) 2015 Draft Right 6’7″ 212 n/a

Forwards (38)

No. Player Age Primary 2015-16 Club Acquired Shoots Ht Wt Cap Hit
10 Linden Vey 25 Vancouver Canucks (NHL) Signed as free agent Right 6’0″ 189 $700k
11 Mikael Backlund [WC] 27 Calgary Flames (NHL) 2007 Draft Left 6’1″ 199 $3.575m
13 Johnny Gaudreau [WC] 23 Calgary Flames (NHL) 2011 Draft Left 5’9″ 157 n/a
17 Lance Bouma 26 Calgary Flames (NHL) 2008 Draft Left 6’2″ 208 $2.2m
18 Matt Stajan 32 Calgary Flames (NHL) Trade with Toronto Left 6’1″ 195 $3.125m
19 Matthew Tkachuk 18 London Knights (OHL) 2016 Draft Left 6’2″ 202 *$925k
20 Chris Higgins 33 Vancouver Canucks (NHL) Invite (PTO) Left 6’0″ 205 n/a
21 Lauri Korpikoski 30 Edmonton Oilers (NHL) Invite (PTO) Left 6’1″ 205 n/a
23 Sean Monahan [inj.] 21 Calgary Flames (NHL) 2013 Draft Left 6’3″ 195 $6.375m
25 Freddie Hamilton 24 Stockton Heat (AHL) Trade with Colorado Right 6’0″ 189 n/a
28 Emile Poirier 21 Stockton Heat (AHL) 2013 Draft Left 6’2″ 196 *$863k
36 Troy Brouwer 31 St. Louis Blues (NHL) Signed as free agent Right 6’3″ 215 $4.5m
38 Matt Frattin 28 Toronto Marlies (AHL) Invite (AHL contract) Right 6’0″ 200 n/a
39 Alex Chiasson 25 Ottawa Senators (NHL) Trade with Ottawa Right 6’4″ 208 $800k
42 Luke Adam 26 Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) Invite (PTO) Left 6’2″ 207 n/a
45 Morgan Klimchuk 21 Stockton Heat (AHL) 2013 Draft Left 6’0″ 185 $863k
46 Matt Bailey 25 San Diego Gulls (AHL) Invite (AHL contract) Left 6’1″ 197 n/a
47 Matthew Phillips 18 Victoria Royals (WHL) 2016 Draft Right 5’7″ 140 n/a
49 Hunter Shinkaruk 21 Stockton Heat (AHL) Trade with Vancouver Left 5’10” 181 *$863k
52 Brandon Bollig 29 Calgary Flames (NHL) Trade with Chicago Left 6’2″ 220 $1.25m
56 Ryan Lomberg 21 Adirondack Thunder (ECHL) Invite (AHL contract) Left 5’9″ 190 n/a
57 Mike Angelidis 31 Syracuse Crunch (AHL) Invite (AHL contract) Left 6’1″ 214 n/a
59 Dillon Dube 18 Kelowna Rockets (WHL) 2016 Draft Left 5’11” 183 n/a
60 Brett Pollock 20 Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) Trade with Dallas Left 6’3″ 195 *$712k
62 Austin Carroll 22 Stockton Heat (AHL) 2014 Draft Right 6’3″ 212 *$670k
64 Garnet Hathaway 24 Stockton Heat (AHL) Signed as free agent Right 6’2″ 208 *$690k
65 Jamie Devane 25 Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) Invite (AHL contract) Left 6’5″ 220 n/a
67 Michael Frolik [WC] 28 Calgary Flames (NHL) Signed as free agent Left 6’1″ 194 $4.3m
71 Hunter Smith 21 Stockton Heat (AHL) 2014 Draft Right 6’7″ 231 *$693k
74 Daniel Pribyl [inj.] 23 Sparta Praha (Czech.) Signed as free agent Right 6’3″ 207 $925k
75 Eetu Tuulola 18 HPK (Jr. SM-Liiga) 2016 Draft Right 6’2″ 224 n/a
77 Mark Jankowski 21 Providence College Friars (NCAA) 2012 Draft Left 6’4″ 202 *$925k
79 Micheal Ferland 24 Calgary Flames (NHL) 2010 Draft Left 6’2″ 208 $825k
89 Andrew Mangiapane 20 Barrie Colts (OHL) 2015 Draft Left 5’10” 184 *$705k
93 Sam Bennett 20 Calgary Flames (NHL) 2014 Draft Left 6’1″ 186 *$925k
94 Brayden Burke 19 Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) Invite Left 5’10” 165 n/a
95 Mikkel Aagaard 20 Sudbury Wolves (OHL) Invite Left 5’11” 180 n/a
96 Dennis Kravchenko 22 U-Mass Amhearst (NCAA) Invite Left 5’9″ 176 n/a

The Veterans

“Veterans” are defined by the CBA in regards to the pre-season as anybody 100+ career NHL games, a skater that played 30+ games last season, a goalie that played 30+ games last season (or dressed in 50+), and the first round selection(s) from the most recent NHL Draft.

The Flames have 27 veterans in camp.

  • Goalies Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson
  • Defensemen Mark Giordano, Jyrki Jokipakka, Dougie Hamilton, T.J. Brodie, Dennis Wideman, Ladislav Smid, Deryk Engelland and Nicklas Grossman
  • Forwards Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, Brandon Bollig, Lance Bouma, Micheal Ferland, Matt Stajan, Sam Bennett, Mikael Backlund, Michael Frolik, Troy Brouwer, Alex Chiasson, Chris Higgins, Matt Frattin, Linden Vey, Luke Adam, Lauri Korpikoski and Matthew Tkachuk

Teams have to dress at least eight veterans per game and the addition of the handful of PTO bodies will give the club a bit of flexibility until everybody returns from the World Cup of Hockey.

The Invites

Trying for a contract of some kind are the following try-out players:

  • D Nicklas Grossmann
  • D Aaron Hyman
  • D Colby Robak
  • D Mikhail Grigoriev
  • F Brayden Burke
  • F Mikkel Aagaard
  • F Dennis Kravchenko
  • F Chris Higgins
  • F Lauri Korpikoski
  • F Luke Adam

    The Schedule

    The Flames play seven pre-season games, while the maximum anybody can play is six (given the split-squad openers). Given the clustering in the pre-season schedule, we have three periods where cuts will likely happen.

    • On Monday, Sept. 26, there are simultaneous games between the Flames and Oilers in Calgary and Edmonton.
    • On Tuesday, Sept. 27, the Flames head off to Winnipeg to play the Jets.

    Then expect some cuts.

    • On Friday, Sept. 30, the Flames host the Canucks.
    • On Sunday, Oct. 2, the Flames host the Jets.

    Then expect more cuts.

    • On Wednesday, Oct. 5, the Flames host Arizona.
    • On Thursday, Oct. 6, the Flames head to Vancouver for their last pre-season game.

    Then more cuts, as the rosters have to be set by October 11.

    • jakethesnail

      Typo alert! Tkachuk making $925K, not $925m! if he makes the big club.

      I guess Naks could still be signed before season starts, if Tre finds some lose change…

    • knappsacked

      Out of all the invites, the only ones i wanna see get some sort of contract are aagaard, karvchenko, and burke. The rest prevent the kulaks and the tkachuks from getting a shot

    • The Fall

      Forgot to mention how much stronger Kylington looked compared to last year. He was much more capable defending with his body and getting body position on opponents. I’d expect a significant jump in his play as a result.

    • The Last Big Bear

      Nakladal is the big obvious omission. One would think that if they were just hammering out the details on a contract, or waiting to clear space, then he’d still be invited to camp.

      The defense isn’t that deep at the bottom end. We have lots of good top-end options, but if someone gets injured we’re going to be relying on someone who is either unproven or disproven at the NHL level to slot into the bottom pairing. That’ll probably be “good enough” for the regular season, but you need NHL-level replacement bodies of you want to go anywhere in the playoffs.

      In the forward ranks, we have the opposite situation. The Flames have depth for days at the bottom of the roster, but they still have a dire need for top-end talent.

      There’s some real crash-and-bang creeping into the forward ranks though, ranging from depth guys like Ferland, Bouma, and Brower, to the blue chip talent like Tkachuk and Bennett.

      That goaltending change, though…

      I think this is a playoff team.

      • everton fc

        “Nakladal is the big obvious omission. One would think that if they were just hammering out the details on a contract, or waiting to clear space, then he’d still be invited to camp.”

        Nakladal won’t be a Flame this season.

      • FlamesFanOtherCity

        I don’t think you can include a UFA on a TC roster, unless he is signed to a PTO. Seeing as nobody else signed him to a PTO, there’s still a good chance he will be signed and show up there.

    • freethe flames

      I can’t wait to see how GG approaches training camp. Does he experiment with pairings in the early part of preseason or does get right down to business.

      I like many are concerned about the Back’s injury but it also provides an opportunity for Stajan to step up, for Vey, for Janko and even for Lomberg and Aagard to show their stuff and this is a good thing. I’m hoping that Back’s injury and being brought back to Calgary is precautionary and not long term.

      Still hoping the Flames can move one of our surplus defenders and find a way to sign Nakdaddy but it seems less likely everyday.

      I’m not sure who to cheer for when Russia plays NA today. My heart says NA but brain says Russia so the Flames can get Johnny signed and can have all their pieces at camp.

      Hockey that begins to matter is here.

    • The Last Big Bear

      The Flames don’t have surplus defencemen, they just have overpaid defencemen.

      If the Flames move someone like Wideman or Engelland, they’ll be stuck with a rookie on the roster, and given the inevitability of injuries, that means likely 2 rookies.

      I don’t have a problem with rookies on the blue line in principle, but I want it to be because they outperformed proven NHLers, rather than there being no other bodies to fill those spots.