In advance of Tuesday’s league-wide roster deadline, the Calgary Flames have seemingly made some final decisions. The club has placed defender Brett Kulak and forwards Curtis Lazar and Anthony Peluso on the waiver wire, with intentions of sending the players to the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat.
The #Flames have placed defenceman Brett Kulak and forwards Anthony Peluso and Curtis Lazar on waivers.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) September 30, 2018
Presuming that nobody else goes on waivers tomorrow, here are the conclusions to draw from these waiver exposures:
- David Rittich is going to be the backup, as Jon Gillies can be sent down without requiring waivers.
- Dalton Prout has made the team, as has one of Juuso Valimaki and Rasmus Andersson.
- Garnet Hathaway, Dillon Dube and Andrew Mangiapane have made the opening night roster.
Kulak, 24, was a fourth round pick of the Flames back in 2012. He’s been a depth defender on the team for basically the last three seasons, but hasn’t really kicked the door down in this year’s camp – to contrast with Juuso Valimaki, who has. Kulak didn’t dress for either of the last two preseason games. He was waived over the summer in advance of his arbitration hearing.
Lazar, 23, was a first round selection of the Ottawa Senators in 2013. He was acquired at the 2017 trade deadline for a second round draft pick but has failed to materialize (so far) into an impactful NHL player. He didn’t dress for either of the last two preseason games.
Peluso, 29, has been a depth forward basically everywhere he’s gone. He was useful depth for the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals last season (spending much of the season with the AHL’s Hershey Bears) and was signed this summer to be that for the Flames.
The Flames must submit their season-opening 23-man roster to the league office by 3 p.m. MT on Tuesday. They open their season on Wednesday night at Rogers Arena against the Vancouver Canucks.