Meet the 2016-17 Calgary Flames

After weeks of uncertainty, wheeling, dealing and finally a flurry of roster moves over the last few days, the Calgary Flames have officially set their roster to begin the 2016-17 National Hockey League season.

The Flames roster features the standard 23 players – two goalies, eight defensemen and 13 forwards – and carries a cap hit of roughly $72,991,732 (including buyouts, buried contracts and existing cap penalties), just ekeing under the cap by $8,268.

(Ladislav Smid is on “regular” injured reserve; he doesn’t count against the total roster number, but does still count against the salary cap.)

Let’s introduce you to the 2016-17 Flames, shall we?


From: Newmarket, Ontario
Age: 31
Cap Hit: $2.5 million
Last Amateur Club: University of Wisconsin Badgers
Drafted: By Ottawa, 291st overall in 2003
Acquired: In a trade with St. Louis for a 2016 second round pick and conditional 2017 third round pick
NHL Games: 323
Won NCAA Championship with Wisconsin in 2006
Twitter: @KidElls1


From: Tampere, Finland
Age: 25
Cap Hit: $700,000
Last Amateur Club: Ilves U20
Drafted: By Dallas, 195th overall in 2011
Acquired: In a trade with Dallas (along with Brett Pollock and a 2016 second round pick, used on Tyler Parsons) for Kris Russell
NHL Games: 109
Twitter: @JJokipakka


From: Toronto, Ontario
Age: 33
Cap Hit: $6.75 million
Last Amateur Club: Owen Sound Attack
Acquired: Signed as a free agent
NHL Games: 592
Twitter: @5MarkGiordano


From: Kitchener, Ontario
Age 33
Cap Hit: $5.25 million
Last Amateur Club: London Knights
Drafted: By Buffalo, 241st overall in 2002
Acquired: In a trade with Washington for Jordan Henry and 2013 fifth round pick (used on Tucker Poolman)
NHL Games: 758
Twitter: @DennisWideman6


From: Chatham, Ontario
T.J. stands for Thomas James
Age: 26
Cap Hit: $4.65 million
Last Amateur Club: Barrie Colts
Drafted: By Calgary, 114th overall in 2008
NHL Games: 336


From: Nacka, Sweden
Age: 31
Cap Hit: $575,000
Last Amateur Club: Södertälje SK
Drafted: By Dallas, 56th overall in 2004
NHL Games: 589


Right Wing
From: Lethbridge, Alberta
Age: 30
Cap Hit $950,000
Last Amateur Club: Kamloops Blazers
Drafted: By Boston, 134th overall in 2004
Acquired: Signed as a free agent
NHL Games: 550
Won Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010 and 2015


From: Vasteras, Sweden
Age: 27
Cap Hit: $3.575 million
Last Amateur Club: Kelowna Rockets
Drafted: By Calgary, 24th overall in 2007
NHL Games: 380

Twitter: @mbacklund11


Left Wing
From: Carney’s Point, New Jersey
Age: 23
Cap Hit: $6.75 million
Last Amateur Club: Boston College Eagles
Drafted: By Calgary, 104th overall in 2011
NHL Games: 160
Won NCAA Championship with Boston College in 2012


Left Wing
From: Provost, Alberta
Age: 26
Cap Hit: $2.2 million
Last Amateur Club: Vancouver Giants
Drafted: By Calgary, 78th overall in 2008
NHL Games: 243
Twitter: @LanceBouma17


From: Mississauga, Ontario
Age: 32
Cap Hit: $3.125 million
Last Amateur Club: Belleville Bulls
Drafted: By Toronto, 57th overall in 2002
Acquired: In a trade with Toronto (with Jamal Mayers, Ian White and Niklas Hagman) for Dion Phaneuf, Keith Aulie and Fredrik Sjostrom
NHL Games: 854
Twitter: @MattStajan18


Left Wing
From: Scottsdale, Arizona
Age: 18
Cap Hit: $925,000
Last Amateur Club: London Knights
Drafted: By Calgary, 6th overall in 2016
Won Memorial Cup with London in 2016
NHL Games: 0
Twitter: @TKACHUKycheese_


Alternate Captain
From: Brampton, Ontario
Age: 21
Cap Hit: $6.375 million
Last Amateur Club: Ottawa 67’s
Drafted: By Calgary, 6th overall in 2013
NHL Games: 237

Twitter: @Monahan20


Center/Right Wing
From: Toronto, Ontario
Age: 24
Cap Hit: $613,500
Dougie’s older brother
Last Amateur Club: Niagara IceDogs
Drafted: By San Jose, 129th overall in 2010
Acquired: In a trade with Colorado for a conditional 2016 7th round pick (condition not met)
NHL Games: 33


From: Toronto, Ontario
Age: 23
Cap Hit: $5.75 million
Freddie’s younger brother
Last Amateur Club: Niagara IceDogs
Drafted: By Boston, 9th overall in 2011
Acquired: In a trade with Boston for a 2015 1st round pick and two 2016 2nd round picks.
NHL Games: 260


From: Edmonton, Alberta
Age: 34
Last Amateur Club: Moose Jaw Warriors
Drafted: By New Jersey, 194th overall in 2000
Acquired: Signed as a free agent
NHL Games: 388


From: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Age: 30
Cap Hit: $1.7 million
Last Amateur Club: University of Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks
Drafted: By Pittsburgh, 125th overall in 2006
Acquired: Signed as a free agent
NHL Games: 101


Right Wing
Alternate Captain
From: Vancouver, British Columbia
Age: 31
Cap it: $4.5 million
Last Amateur Club: Moose Jaw Warriors
Drafted: By Chicago, 214th overall in 2004
Acquired: Signed as a free agent
NHL Games: 613
Won Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010


Right Wing
From: Montreal, Quebec
Age: 26
Cap Hit: $800,000
Last Amateur Club: Boston University Terriers
Drafted: By Dallas, 38th overall in 2009
Acquired: In a trade with Ottawa for Patrick Sieloff
NHL Games: 239


From: Edmonton, Alberta
Age: 22
Cap Hit: $656,666
Last Amateur Club: Vancouver Giants
Drafted: By Calgary, 105th overall in 2012
NHL Games: 9
Twitter: @bkulak3


Right Wing
From: Kladno, Czech Republic
Age: 28
Cap Hit: $4.3 million
Last Amateur Club: Rimouski Oceanic
Drafted: By Florida, 10th overall in 2006
Acquired: Signed as a free agent
NHL Games: 576
Won Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2013
Twitter: @frolik_michael


Left Wing
From: Swan River, Manitoba
Age: 24
Cap Hit: $825,000
Last Amateur Club: Saskatoon Blades
Drafted: By Calgary, 133rd overall in 2010
NHL Games: 97
Twitter: @ferdaddy27


Center/Left Wing
From: Holland Landing, Ontario
Age: 20
Cap Hit: $925,000
Last Amateur Club: Kingston Frontenacs
Drafted: By Calgary, 4th overall in 2014
NHL Games: 78

  • Greatsave

    According to CapFriendly, this roster has the Flames at $72,991,734. That’s just $8,266 from the cap ceiling. Well done on that front, Treliving.

    My understanding of the CBA says that with Smid on LTIR, the Flames’ functional cap ceiling will be… $76,491,734?

    I’m guessing Kulak will be sent down, possibly as early as tomorrow. So docking his cap hit of $656,667 leaves the team with ~$4.16m of cap room. Which I hope they don’t use to recall Bollig.

      • FireScorpion

        Oh I don’t know . You never miss a FN blog so wondered why you hadn’t commented latEly baffled how you were so wrong on yet another Flames signing? Johnny.
        Or maybe you didn’t care to comment on the Yakupov return?
        Or the Versteeg shunning the Oilers and Conner in favor of the more playoff ready Flames?

        • #97Train/McDavidCopperfield

          Actually Yak advice to go anyway. As far as Versteeg goes he frankly has a better chance to play on the first line in Calgary. Eberle and it looks like Draisaitl on the right wing. He would only play third line minutes in Edmonton. Edmonton only offered him a two way contract. Anything else?

          • FlamesFanOtherCity

            Or he had no intention of being an Oiler.

            Curious why you think Draisaitl playing on the wing is a good thing and have Callguila or Lander playing as the #3C. Or why Poolparty was gifted a RW spot without actually doing anything in camp.

            I think the real story is that Versteeg was tired of waiting for the Oilers to sign him. Last minute they decided to offer him a part-time role?
            What, there isn’t a lineup of players wanting to play for the Oilers?

  • MWflames

    Kris Versteeg was an important add. Line-up would be missing something; hopefully he’s better than say… David Jones I guess?

    Monny and Jonny mostly need helping getting puck out of their end and playing the possession game, so hopeful he can provide help there. He doesn’t have to be a brilliant offensive guy (although, I wouldn’t be opposed to that), just someone that can finish when the defensive attention isn’t on him.

  • Schmenkley

    Does anybody else get the feeling that Tree through a “big and gritty” bone to BB by signing Grossman, so that he would go back to shaking his fist at the clouds outside the Dome?

  • JoelOttosJock

    I’m pretty impressed with this team moving forward..big fan of the signings thus far. My only knock is trade Matt Stajan. Most over paid player on this team and has no business on the Flames let alone the N.H.L.

    • everton fc

      Trade him to “whom”?

      I hope Stajan hangs the skates up at the end of this season and gets a gig w/the organization. He’s a class guy. I wish him the best. His goal in the playoffs against the Nucks will forever be one of my favourite moments, as a Flames fan. Couldn’t have happened to a better guy.

      All that said… I’d rather see some young guy in the pivot, on that 4th line. Heard BT say good things about Jankowski, Hathaway, Kulak, Shinkaruk and Freddie H. this afternoon. He was also quite candid in his disappointment during training camp w/young guys who had a shot at making the team, but under-achieved.

      • JoelOttosJock

        Didn’t know the Flames were in the business of keeping guys around and hurting the progress of the team because someone is a good guy. Although I do agree wow be very difficult to trade him. Bury him in the minors..ask him to retire and take on a front office role..but get him out of the line up.

    • Greatsave

      I can’t take you seriously when you call Stajan the “most over-paid player on this team” with Wideman, Engelland, and Smid still around. Which is a good thing, because that helped me get over your “Stajan has no business in the NHL” take.

  • Newbietwo

    Don’t shoot me here but what do you guys think about us going after Trouba? He’s a right shot and could finish our top four very well such as Gio/ Hamilton and Brodie/Trouba.. And what would it take to get him really?? Could it be Wideman and our first round pick? Thoughts??

  • RandallScott

    The Flames can’t add a top 4 d-man until after the expansion draft this summer.We can only protect 3 d-men.If we were to add another top 4guy it would mean we would probably loose Gio.

    • #97Train/McDavidCopperfield

      Even if Puljujarvi does start tonight , he will be playing sheltered 3rd line minutes. Isn’t it a red flag to flame fans that Versteeg has been gifted a top 6 role in Calgary? 3 AHL teams and 9 NHL teams he has been with counting Edmonton and Calgary, and he is only 30 years old. 12 teams in 12 years!!!

      • FlamesFanOtherCity

        The fact that Puljujarvi has done nothing in pre-season to warrant a spot in the lineup doesn’t bother you? Or that a former college kid crack the lineup as a 3rd line center, after being a standout in one NCAA season?

        You can only protect that line so much. Unless they play Stajan’s line, they won’t be protected at all.
        Draisaitl showed that he can handle the job, but you would prefer to load up one line and have 2 lines that don’t drive the play?

        Versteeg will play with one of the top 3 pairs, wherever he fits the best. He can play either wing.
        It will come down to keeping the pairs and adding Versteeg or Ferland to the top pair, or switching out Frolik or Brouwer.

        Chia wants to play Puljujarvi regardless of being ready or not. He’s the next great hope. But, he is less ready for the NHL than Draisaitl was his first season.

  • freethe flames

    Looking at this squad I see glaring issues that still need to be resolved. BT has done some good things this offseason like adding Elliott and to a lesser extent Johnson. He has added depth to the RW position but other than Brouwer they have not exactly looked like world beaters. Some of the same issues exist from last year; our 4th line, lack of depth at center past the top 3, and 5,6 and 7th defenders. Will the changes in goal and upfront with Brouwer, Tkachuk and now Versteeg be enough to make the playoffs? I’m not sure; lots will be determined by player usage by GG. It will be interesting to see how long he goes with the defensive pairings that we listed yesterday. In all likely hood we are a bubble team in the Pacific with it going down to the last few games; good luck.

    • everton fc

      I agree w/this assessment. There’s a reason Versteeg was on a PTO. Now he may be our first line RW.

      A lot will be determined by the start we get. If we come out of the gates slow, under .500 for October, that won’t be good. Having Johnny back will help, but w/o him, we would have been painfully thin, offencively.

  • Bean-counting cowboy

    TSN projected last night that Flames grab the last wild card spot.

    Nucks and Oil? Last and second last in the conference respectively.

    Sounds about right.

  • JoelOttosJock

    England is a close 2nd to most over paid..paying just under 3 million to someone whom is at best a number 6 dman boggles my mind. Smidgen isn’t so bad, injuries have plagued him, not a fair sample size in a flames jersey. I disagree about Wideman, he was signed to be a number 1 to 3 dman, the addition of Dougie and the exceptional growth of TJ has pushed him to a lesser role, please do remember though that Wideman stepped it up huge and was arguably the best flames dman when Giordano was hurt on our play hurt and run a few years ago. I just cannot fathom paying Stajan 3.5 or 3.75 to be a 4th line center that isn’t even in the top echelon of4th line centers. The flames would have been better off buying him out and signing Mike Richards.

    • Greatsave

      The same defense you give Wideman can be applied to Stajan. He was re-signed in the middle of the 2013-14 season to a $3.125m extension–if you’re going to complain about a contract, at least get your numbers right–when he was playing 18:28 a night. He was not re-signed under the pretenses of being a 4th-line center.

      In the same way that Hamilton and Brodie have bumped Wideman down the chart, so have Monahan, Backlund, and now Bennett. The Flames didn’t foresee where they would be in a couple years’ time, and now they’re paying for it. But I still don’t agree that makes him the *most* over-paid.