How did the Flames acquire all their players?

Amassing a hockey club is hard work. The Calgary Flames currently have roughly 60 players under team control through standard contracts and their reserve list of unsigned players. They’ve accumulated these players in a lot of different ways: some via the draft, some via free agency, and a few by a series of increasingly wacky trades with other clubs.

How did the Flames acquire all their players? Here’s a handy tracker, broken down by position.

GOALIES

Player
Transaction Tree
Brian Elliott
  • Traded 2016 second round pick and conditional 2018 third round pick to St. Louis for Brian Elliott.
Jon Gillies
  • Drafted with 2012 third round pick.
Chad Johnson
  • Signed as an unrestricted free agent.
Tom McCollum
  • Signed as an unrestricted free agent.
Mason McDonald
  • Drafted with 2014 second round pick.
Tyler Parsons
  • Drafted with 2016 second round pick.
    • Traded Jiri Hudler to Florida for 2016 second round pick and 2018 fourth round pick.
      • Signed Hudler as an unrestricted free agent.
David Rittich
  • Signed as an unrestricted free agent.
Nick Schneider
  • Signed as an unrestricted free agent.

DEFENSEMEN

Player Transaction Tree
Rasmus Andersson
  • Drafted with 2015 second round pick.
    • Traded Sven Baertschi to Vancouver for 2015 second round pick.
      • Selected Baertschi with 2011 first round pick.
T.J. Brodie
  • Drafted with 2008 fourth round pick.
    • Traded Andrew Ference and Chuck Kobasew to Boston for Brad Stuart, Wayne Primeau and conditional 2008 fourth round pick.
      • Traded 2004 third round pick to Pittsburgh for Andrew Ference.
      • Selected Kobasew with 2001 first round pick.
        • Traded down in first round (from 11th to 14th) in exchange for 2001 second round pick from Phoenix.
Riley Bruce
  • Drafted with 2015 seventh round pick.
Ryan Culkin
  • Drafted with 2012 fifth round pick.
    • Traded Rene Bourque, Patrick Holland and 2013 second round pick to Montreal for Mike Cammalleri, Karri Ramo and 2012 fifth round pick.
      • Traded 2010 second round pick to Chicago for Bourque.
      • Selected Holland with 2010 seventh round pick.
Deryk Engelland
  • Signed as an unrestricted free agent.
Adam Fox
  • Drafted with 2016 third round pick.
Mark Giordano
  • Signed as an unrestricted free agent.
Nicklas Grossmann
  • Signed as an unrestricted free agent.
Dougie Hamilton
  • Traded 2015 first round pick and two 2015 second round picks to Boston for Hamilton.
    • Traded Curtis Glencross to Washington for 2015 second round pick and 2015 third round pick.
      • Signed Glencross as an unrestricted free agent.
Brandon Hickey
  • Drafted with 2014 third round pick.
Jyrki Jokipakka
  • Traded Kris Russell to Dallas for Jokipakka, Brett Pollock and 2016 second round pick.
    • Traded 2014 fifth round pick to St. Louis for Russell.
Keegan Kanzig
  • Drafted with 2013 third round pick.
Brett Kulak
  • Drafted with 2012 fourth round pick.
Oliver Kylington
  • Drafted with 2015 second round pick
    • Traded two 2015 third round picks to Arizona for 2015 second round pick.
      • Traded Curtis Glencross to Washington for 2015 second round pick & 2015 third round pick.
        • Signed Glencross as an unrestricted free agent.
Kenney Morrison
  • Signed as an unrestricted free agent.
Adam Ollas Mattsson
  • Drafted with 2014 sixth round pick.
    • Traded Tim Jackman to Anaheim for 2014 sixth round pick.
      • Signed Jackman as an unrestricted free agent.
Rushan Rafikov
  • Drafted with 2013 seventh round pick.
Ladislav Smid
  • Traded Laurent Brossoit and Roman Horak to Edmonton for Smid and Olivier Roy.
    • Drafted Brossoit with 2011 sixth round pick.
    • Traded Tim Erixon and 2011 fifth round pick to NY Rangers for Horak and two 2011 second round picks.
      • Selected Erixon with 2009 first round pick.
        • Traded down in the first round (from 20th to 23rd) in exchange for 2009 third round pick from New Jersey.
Dennis Wideman
  • Traded Jordan Henry and 2013 fifth round pick to Washington for Wideman.
    • Traded Keith Seabrook to Florida for Henry.
      • Traded 2012 seventh round pick to Washington for Seabrook.
Tyler Wotherspoon
  • Drafted with 2011 second round pick.
    • Traded Tim Erixon and 2011 fifth round pick to NY Rangers for Roman Horak and two 2011 second round picks.
      • Selected Erixon with 2009 first round pick.
        • Traded down in the first round (from 20th to 23rd) in exchange for 2009 third round pick from New Jersey.

FORWARDS

Player Transaction Tree
Mikael Backlund
  • Drafted with 2007 first round pick.
    • Traded down in first round (from 18th to 24th) in exchange for 2007 third round pick from St. Louis.
Sam Bennett
  • Drafted with 2014 first round pick.
Brandon Bollig
  • Traded 2013 third round pick to Chicago for Bollig.
    • Traded Lee Stempniak to Pittsburgh for 2013 third round pick.
      • Traded Daymond Langkow to Phoenix for Stempniak.
        • Traded Denis Gauthier and Oleg Saprykin to Phoenix for Langkow.
          • Drafted Gauthier with 1995 first round pick.
          • Drafted Saprykin with 1999 first round pick.
            • Traded Jan Hlavac, 1999 first round pick (ninth) and 1999 third round pick to NY Rangers for Marc Savard and 1999 first round pick (11th).
              • Traded Ryan Bast and 1999 eighth round pick to Philadelphia for 1999 third round pick.
Lance Bouma
  • Drafted with 2008 third round pick.
Troy Brouwer
  • Signed as an unrestricted free agent.
Austin Carroll
  • Drafted with 2014 seventh round pick.
Alex Chiasson
  • Traded Patrick Sieloff to Ottawa for Chiasson.
    • Drafted Sieloff with 2012 second round pick.
      • Traded down in first round (from 14th to 21st) in exchange for 2012 second round pick from Buffalo.
Dillon Dube
  • Drafted with 2016 second round pick.
    • Traded Kris Russell to Dallas for Brett Pollock, Jyrki Jokipakka and 2016 second round pick.
      • Traded 2014 fifth round pick to St. Louis for Russell.
Micheal Ferland
  • Drafted with 2010 fifth round pick.
Michael Frolik
  • Signed as an unrestricted free agent.
Johnny Gaudreau
  • Drafted with 2011 fourth round pick.
Freddie Hamilton
  • Traded conditional 2016 seventh round pick (condition not met) to Colorado for Hamilton.
Tim Harrison
  • Drafted with 2013 sixth round pick.
Garnet Hathaway
  • Signed as an unrestricted free agent.
Mark Jankowski
  • Drafted with 2012 first round pick.
    • Traded down in first round (from 14th to 21st) in exchange for 2012 second round pick from Buffalo.
Pavel Karnaukhov
  • Drafted with 2015 fifth round pick.
Morgan Klimchuk
  • Drafted with 2013 first round pick.
    • Traded Jarome Iginla to Pittsburgh for Ben Hanowski, Kenny Agostino and 2013 first round pick.
      • Traded Joe Nieuwendyk to Dallas for Jarome Iginla and Corey Millen.
        • Drafted Nieuwendyk with 1985 second round pick.
          • Traded Kent Nilsson and 1986 third round pick to Minnesota for 1985 second round pick and 1987 second round pick.
            • Selected Nilsson with 1976 fourth round pick.
Linus Lindstrom
  • Drafted with 2016 fourth round pick.
Andrew Mangiapane
  • Drafted with 2015 sixth round pick.
Mitchell Mattson
  • Drafted with 2016 fifth round pick.
Sean Monahan
  • Drafted with 2013 first round pick.
Emile Poirier
  • Drafted with 2013 first round pick.
    • Traded Jay Bouwmeester to St. Louis for Mark Cundari, Reto Berra and 2013 first round pick.
      • Traded Jordan Leopold and 2009 third round pick to Florida for Jay Bouwmeester.
        • Traded Matthew Lombardi, Brandon Prust and 2010 first round pick to Phoenix for Olli Jokinen and 2009 third round pick.
          • Drafted Lombardi with 2002 third round pick.
          • Drafted Prust with 2004 third round pick.
        • Traded Lawrence Nycholat, Ryan Wilson and 2009 second round pick to Colorado for Leopold.
          • Claimed Nycholat off waivers.
          • Signed Wilson as unrestricted free agent.
          • Traded Alex Tanguay and 2008 fifth round pick to Montreal for 2008 first round pick and 2009 second round pick.
            • Traded Leopold, 2006 second round pick and 2006 second round pick to Colorado for Tanguay.
              • Traded Andrei Nazarov and 2001 second round pick to Anaheim for Leopold.
                • Traded Michael Nylander to Tampa Bay for Nazarov.
                  • Traded Gary Suter, Paul Ranheim and Ted Drury to Hartford for Nylander, James Patrick and Zarley Zalapski.
                    • Drafted Suter with 1984 ninth round pick.
                    • Drafted Ranheim with 1984 second round pick.
                      • Traded Pat Riggin and Ken Houston to Washington for Howard Walker, George White, 1982 second round pick, 1983 third round pick and 1984 second round pick.
                        • Drafted Riggin with 1979 second round pick.
                        • Drafted Houston with 1973 sixth round pick.
                    • Drafted Drury with 1989 second round pick.
Matthew Phillips
  • Drafted with 2016 sixth round pick.
    • Traded David Jones to Minnesota for Niklas Backstrom and 2016 sixth round pick.
      • Traded Alex Tanguay and Cory Sarich to Colorado for Jones and Shane O’Brien.
        • Signed Tanguay as unrestricted free agent.
        • Signed Sarich as unrestricted free agent.
Brett Pollock
  • Traded Kris Russell to Dallas for Pollock, Jyrki Jokipakka and 2016 second round pick.
Daniel Pribyl
  • Signed as an unrestricted free agent.
Hunter Shinkaruk
  • Traded Markus Granlund to Vancouver for Shinkaruk.
    • Drafted Granlund with 2011 second round pick.
      • Traded Tim Erixon and 2011 fifth round pick to NY Rangers for Roman Horak and two 2011 second round picks.
        • Drafted Erixon with 2009 first round pick.
          • Traded down in the first round (from 20th to 23rd) in exchange for 2009 third round pick from New Jersey.
Hunter Smith
  • Drafted with 2014 second round pick.
    • Traded Reto Berra to Colorado for 2014 second round pick.
      • Traded Jay Bouwmeester to St. Louis for Mark Cundari, Reto Berra and 2013 first round pick.
        • Traded Jordan Leopold and 2009 third round pick to Florida for Jay Bouwmeester.
          • Traded Matthew Lombardi, Brandon Prust and 2010 first round pick to Phoenix for Olli Jokinen and 2009 third round pick.
            • Drafted Lombardi with 2002 third round pick.
            • Drafted Prust with 2004 third round pick.
          • Traded Lawrence Nycholat, Ryan Wilson and 2009 second round pick to Colorado for Leopold.
            • Claimed Nycholat off waivers.
            • Signed Wilson as unrestricted free agent.
            • Traded Alex Tanguay and 2008 fifth round pick to Montreal for 2008 first round pick and 2009 second round pick.
              • Traded Leopold, 2006 second round pick and 2006 second round pick to Colorado for Tanguay.
                • Traded Andrei Nazarov and 2001 second round pick to Anaheim for Leopold.
                  • Traded Michael Nylander to Tampa Bay for Nazarov.
                    • Traded Gary Suter, Paul Ranheim and Ted Drury to Hartford for Nylander, James Patrick and Zarley Zalapski.
                      • Drafted Suter with 1984 ninth round pick.
                      • Drafted Ranheim with 1984 second round pick.
                        • Traded
                          Pat Riggin and Ken Houston to Washington for Howard Walker, George
                          White, 1982 second round pick, 1983 third round pick and 1984 second
                          round pick.
                          • Drafted Riggin with 1979 second round pick.
                          • Drafted Houston with 1973 sixth round pick.
                      • Drafted Drury with 1989 second round pick.
Matt Stajan
  • Traded Dion Phaneuf, Keith Aulie and Fredrik Sjostrom to Toronto for Niklas Hagman, Ian White, Jamal Mayers and Stajan.
    • Drafted Phaneuf with 2003 first round pick.
    • Drafted Aulie with 2007 fourth round pick.
      • Traded two 2007 fifth round picks to Buffalo for 2007 fourth round pick.
        • Traded 2007 third round pick to New Jersey for David Hale and 2007 fifth round pick.
    • Signed Sjostrom as unrestricted free agent.
Matthew Tkachuk
  • Drafted with 2016 first round pick.
Eetu Tuulola
  • Drafted with 2016 sixth round pick.
Kris Versteeg
  • Signed as an unrestricted free agent.
Linden Vey
  • Signed as an unrestricted free agent.
  • The GREAT WW

    It’s amazing how poorly we have drafted in the second round historically.

    The last couple of years may produce some good NHL players, but 2014 and prior is an absolute wasteland of picks.

    Do we have any decent second round picks we can celebrate? (I realize we have traded away plenty of second round picks in the past…).

    WW

    • ClayBort

      Folks usually expect a lot from second rounders, but the truth is the success rate is generally pretty low. We remember the round 3-7 picks that make it because we make a big deal about it when it happens. The truth is, most recent analytics suggest GMs overvalue 2nd rounders, and you should trade them. The Brian Elliott trade is a great example of getting a lot for little.

  • FL@med

    Ryan Spooner is on the block, and the Bruins were interested in a d man. We could and Wideman over as they were interested in him before. Widemans also off to a hot start which makes him more attractive. Spooner had 46 points last year, and comes below 1 mil. He could be put on the first line…

  • Nighteyes

    Well, this just made me revisit in my head how utterly horrible Darryl Sutter was as a GM. Totally destroy the team, leave and win the cup with another..thanks a lot!