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Flames make some post-deadline roster moves

After all the National Hockey League trade deadline moving and shaking, the Calgary Flames have made a few roster tweaks to set things up for the home stretch.

Forward Andrew Mangiapane has been returned to the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League. Newly signed blueliner Cody Goloubef has also been reassigned to Stockton. Finally, goalies David Rittich and Jon Gillies were both separately assigned to Stockton in paper transactions to keep them eligible for the AHL’s playoffs, then recalled back to Calgary.

What does this all mean? Here’s the gist of it, friends:

Who’s on the Flames roster?

  • Goaltenders Jon Gillies and David Rittich
  • Defensemen Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, Travis Hamonic, Michael Stone, Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski and Brett Kulak
  • Forwards Chris Stewart, Mikael Backlund, Johnny Gaudreau, Tanner Glass, Matt Stajan, Matthew Tkachuk, Curtis Lazar, Garnet Hathaway, Sean Monahan, Nick Shore, Troy Brouwer, Michael Frolik, Mark Jankowski, Micheal Ferland and Sam Bennett

That’s 24 active players, which is allowed since we’re past the trade deadline and the roster limit is lifted (as long as teams stay below the salary cap).

Mike Smith (lower-body, day-to-day), Marek Hrivik (upper-body, day-to-day) and Kris Versteeg (hip, week-to-week) are on the injured reserve. Gillies is up on emergency recall and he must return to the AHL as soon as Smith is healthy. Rittich is up on a “regular” recall and has used one of Calgary’s four remaining recalls – it’s a dumb, pointless, confusing post-deadline rule that exists to stop NHL clubs from keeping oodles of healthy bodies around.

Who’s on Stockton’s roster?

  • Goaltenders C.J. Motte, Ryan Faragher, Tyler Parsons (injured) and Mason McDonald (injured)
  • Defensemen Josh Healey, Oliver Kylington, Tyler Wotherspoon, Rasmus Andersson, Oleg Yevenko, Colby Robak, Cody Goloubef, Dalton Prout and Adam Ollas Mattsson (injured)
  • Forwards Mike McMurtry, Rod Pelley, Spencer Foo, Hunter Shinkaruk, Morgan Klimchuk, Austin Carroll, Emile Poirier, Brett Pollock, Andrew Mangiapane, Brett Findlay, Colin Smith, Darren Nowick, Ryan Lomberg and Luke Gazdic

Everybody who is currently on Stockton’s roster is eligible to play in the playoffs, plus Rittich and Gillies. The Heat are also able to bring up ECHLers as needed, so guys like Hunter Smith and Kayle Doetzel (currently with Kansas City) are eligible, if needed.

Any Flames junior prospect can come to Stockton on an amateur try-out (ATO) contract when their team’s season is finished – this means Juuso Valimaki (Tri-City, WHL), Glenn Gawdin (Swift Current, WHL), Matthew Phillips (Victoria, WHL), Nick Schneider (Calgary, WHL), Zach Fischer (Spokane, WHL), Dillon Dube (Kelowna, WHL), Adam Ruzicka (Sarnia, OHL) and D’Artagnan Joly (Baie-Comeau, QMJHL) are eligible for the playoffs.

If a college player (such as Adam Fox or a free agent) wanted to join Stockton for the playoffs, they would have to sign a contract and void their remaining college eligibility.

  • FL🔥MES

    A question for Stockton’s Finest:

    The Heat are having a good season and players called up to the Flames have fit in rather seamlessly. I haven’t heard anything good, bad or indifferent about Huska this season. Any thoughts on Huska that you wouldn’t mind sharing?

    Thank you

    • Stockton's Finest

      I am indifferent about Huska.

      He constantly changes his forward lines, while keeping the top 2 defensive pairs, to start games. Bottom d pair is constantly rotating between 3 or 4 players. It is hard to build chemistry with new line mates every game. But when there is a constant flux of missing players, you do what you have to. I figure Colin Smith will center Mangiapane and Foo for the foreseeable future.

      He is quick to change lines during games when things are not working.

      He tends to ride the hot goalie even in back-to-back games.

      Power play and penalty kill are not the best.

      Hope that answers your questions.

    • IUsedToHaveAName

      The only thing I can think of is that he was called up to fill the 3rd line truculence roll that Ferland ended up in if Ferland wasn’t ready to go. I think that Bennett was always their fall back for the top line if something happened to Ferland.

      • Mickey O

        Gulutzen said that Ferland is most likely missing the next 2 games. No update on Smith. He also said Glass might get into a game depending on whom they are playing.

        • BendingCorners

          Ugh. Glass wasn’t even good enough to play in Stockton most nights. Stewart can fight and can a dually play the game. Bad idea to keep him around – tempt GG with am ECHL-level player that is almost as bad as he was.

          • McRib

            Yeah at this point Glass taking up ice from other younger players with upside in Stockton is dumb. Brian Burke needs to get over the fact that staged fighting is dying. Outside of bottom feeders like Arizona holding on to cheap shot artists like Zac Rinaldo, all the successful franchises have realized young scoring depth in the bottom six is paramount to win these days, roster spots cannot he wasted.

        • Roger the Shrubber

          To play devil’s advocate:

          It sure would’ve been nice to have Glass fight in Arizona as opposed to having Ferland fight and further injure himself. Fighting isn’t completely dead and you need to have guys (that aren’t your top-line RW) step up and answer the bell against pieces of poop like Rinaldo.

          Now, being realistic, Glass shouldn’t play a game in the NHL ever again. Especially now that the Flames bottom six depth is so…full.

  • Alberta Ice

    So disappointed Mangiapane was sent down again. And so disappointed Andersson not brought up. Really like the depth of our young players, so I guess the management wants to keep cultivating the talent.

    • Kzak

      Patience Ice. We are clearly going for it and these guys are better off staying down with Stockton to help their playoff charge and get plenty of ice time and experience. I would expect to see both of them up with the big team next year to start the season. I think with the moves today, our roster looks deeper and better.

    • FL🔥MES

      One thing with Stone is that part of the reason he wanted to be here is that his wife’s family is from here, if I remember correctly. For this reason I wasn’t too surprised when he wasn’t traded this early in his contract. That’s not how Flames management does things. That being said though, how else does Ras eventually slot into the lineup?

      • McRib

        Stone is from Winnipeg. You’re thinking of Brouwer his wife wanted to be here because it’s home. I’ll just say this though successful teams don’t keep washed up players on the roster because their “wife is friends with the GMs wife”. This is called nepotism and is shunned in any major business environment (except professional sports apparently).

  • FL🔥MES

    Here’s another great quote from ON regarding Chia’s trading prowess:

    “Chia insisted on getting the beautiful blonde, but found himself drunk 5 minutes before closing with only the 10 cent hooker left in the back corner of the bar. He happily took her home.”

    👍👍

      • Oil consuming Flames

        Treliving improved the Flames chances of making the playoffs, and their future by NOT making an bad trade and paying an exorbitant price for something that was a want, or need. Sometimes, the best trade is the one you don’t make.
        Due to the Smith, Stone, and Hamonic deals the Flames had limited draft pick assets to deal which was the most desired currency this trade deadline. This left higher valued prospects as the main currency at his disposal and without the right deal, it wouldn’t be prudent to part with them. With the glut of D-prospects the Flames currently poses, I could certainly see them using Adam Fox as trade bate to secure a top 6 RWer if Bennett proves to not be a solution on the top line by the draft. If I were Fox, I’d look at Calgary and wonder where my opportunity was to make the club and that is a risk the Flames should avoid. There’s no risk this year, but better to deal with it this summer to mitigate the risk next summer when he’d be able to try the UFA route.

      • buts

        All BT would have to do is fire the coach to improve the team so what he did at the trading deadline is how he’s addressed the teams short comings all year. I’m beginning to lose faith in BT big time. I’m hoping the reason he that he hasn’t done anything is that a suitable replacement in his mind wasn’t available. Tho I think a blind monkey could have used the bench better.

  • buts

    Looks like BT improved the 4th line and that’s about it. The biggest move to improve the team would have been to replace GG……another wasted season when we could have made a run……thanks BT….not.

    • Avalain

      We get it. You want GG gone and you want him gone yesterday. But who do you replace him with right now? Because there aren’t a ton of great coaches out there at this exact moment. So what you’re saying is that you want Cameron or Jerrard to take over? What makes you think that those two would actually be any better? I get that you want a new coach, but seriously this isn’t the right time to do it.

  • slyall41

    I get pretty sick of reading all the garbage about GG. The guy has done well. Look at the statistics, a lot of you fools don’t understand how good we have it. Who could do a better job? The players need to be accountable for inconsistent play.