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Introducing the 2018-19 Calgary Flames roster

The Calgary Flames have finalized their roster to begin the 2018-19 National Hockey League season. The club announced their final moves to fit snugly under the 23-man roster limit earlier today. Here’s a quick rundown of who’s who on this year’s Flames.

The Flames roster features 23 players – two goalies, seven defensemen and 14 forwards – and carries a cap hit of roughly $77.7 million (including the buyout cap hits from Lance Bouma, Ryan Murphy and Troy Brouwer), fitting under the salary cap by $1.765 million.

Here’s who made the 2018-19 Flames roster:

#5 MARK GIORDANO

Defenseman (shoots left)
Captain (since 2013-14)
From: Toronto, Ontario
Age: 35
Cap Hit: $6.75 million
Last Amateur Club: Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
Acquired: Signed as a free agent
NHL Games: 755 (all with Calgary)
16th in Norris Trophy voting in 2017-18
Won NHL Foundation Player Award in 2015-16
Wore #46 as a rookie

#6 DALTON PROUT

Defenseman (shoots right)
From: Kingsville, Ontario
Age: 28
Cap Hit: $800,000
Last Amateur Club: Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
Acquired: Signed as a free agent
NHL Games: 242 (with Columbus and New Jersey)

#7 T.J. BRODIE

Defenseman (shoots left)
From: Chatham, Ontario
T.J. stands for Thomas James
Age: 28
Cap Hit: $4.65 million
Last Amateur Club: Barrie Colts (OHL)
Drafted: By Calgary, 114th overall in 2008
NHL Games: 491 (all with Calgary)
Wore #66 as a rookie

#8 JUUSO VALIMAKI

Defenseman (shoots left)
From: Nokia, Finland
Age: 19
Cap Hit: $894,166
Last Amateur Club: Tri-City Americans (WHL)
Drafted: By Calgary, 16th overall in 2017
NHL Games: 0

#10 DEREK RYAN

Center (shoots right)
From: Spokane, Washington
Age: 31
Cap Hit: $3.125 million
Last Amateur Club: University of Alberta Golden Bears (CIS)
Acquired: Signed as a free agent
NHL Games: 153 (all with Carolina)
Nicknamed “Doc” by head coach Bill Peters due to a combination of his initials (D.R.) and holding a Science degree from the U of A

#11 MIKAEL BACKLUND

Center (shoots left)
Alternate Captain (since 2018-19)
From: Vasteras, Sweden
Age: 29
Cap Hit: $5.35 million
Last Amateur Club: Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
Drafted: By Calgary, 24th overall in 2007
NHL Games: 543 (all with Calgary)
13th in Selke Trophy voting in 2017-18
Wore #60 as a rookie

#13 JOHNNY GAUDREAU

Left Wing (shoots left)
From: Carney’s Point, New Jersey
Age: 25
Cap Hit: $6.75 million
Last Amateur Club: Boston College Eagles (NCAA)
Drafted: By Calgary, 104th overall in 2011
NHL Games: 312 (all with Calgary)
Won NCAA Championship with Boston College in 2012
11th in Lady Byng Memorial Trophy voting in 2017-18
16th in NHL scoring in 2017-18
Won Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 2016-17
Wore #53 as a rookie

#18 JAMES NEAL

Left Wing/Right Wing (shoots left)
From: Whitby, Ontario
Age: 31
Cap Hit: $5.75 million
Last Amateur Club: Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
Drafted: By Dallas, 33rd overall in 2005
Acquired: Signed as a free agent
NHL Games: 703 (with Dallas, Pittsburgh, Nashville and Vegas)

#19 MATTHEW TKACHUK

Left Wing (shoots left)
Alternate Captain (since 2018-19)
From: Scottsdale, Arizona
Age: 20
Cap Hit: $925,000
Last Amateur Club: London Knights (OHL)
Drafted: By Calgary, 6th overall in 2016
NHL Games: 144 (all with Calgary)
Won Memorial Cup with London in 2016

#20 CURTIS LAZAR

Center/Right Wing (shoots right)
From: Salmon Arm, British Columbia
Age: 23
Cap Hit: $950,000
Last Amateur Club: Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
Drafted: By Ottawa, 17th overall in 2013
Acquired: In a trade with Ottawa (with Michael Kostka) for a 2016 2nd round pick and Jyrki Jokipakka.
NHL Games: 245 (with Ottawa and Calgary)
Won Memorial Cup with Edmonton in 2014

#21 GARNET HATHAWAY

Right Wing (shoots right)
From: Naples, Florida
Age: 26
Cap Hit: $850,000
Last Amateur Club: Brown University Bears (NCAA)
Acquired: Signed as a free agent
NHL Games: 99 (all with Calgary)

#23 SEAN MONAHAN

Center (shoots left)
Alternate Captain (since 2015-16)
From: Brampton, Ontario
Age: 23
Cap Hit: $6.375 million
Last Amateur Club: Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
Drafted: By Calgary, 6th overall in 2013
NHL Games: 393 (all with Calgary)

#24 TRAVIS HAMONIC

Defenseman (shoots right)
From: St. Malo, Manitoba
Age: 28
Cap Hit: $3,857,143
Last Amateur Club: Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
Drafted: By NY Islanders, 53rd overall in 2008
Acquired: In a trade with NY Islanders (with a conditional 2019 or 2020 4th round pick) for a 2018 1st round pick, 2018 2nd round pick and conditional 2019 or 2020 2nd round pick.
NHL Games: 518 (with NY Islanders and Calgary)
Won NHL Foundation Player Award in 2016-17

#26 MICHAEL STONE

Defenseman (shoots right)
From: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Age: 28
Cap Hit: $3.5 million
Last Amateur Club: Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
Drafted: By Phoenix, 69th overall in 2008
Acquired: In a trade with Arizona for a 2017 3rd round pick and conditional 2018 5th round pick
NHL Games: 425 (with Phoenix/Arizona and Calgary)

#27 AUSTIN CZARNIK

Center/Right Wing (shoots right)
From: Detroit, Michigan
Age: 25
Cap Hit: $1.25 million
Last Amateur Club: Miami (Ohio) University (NCAA)
Acquired: Signed as a free agent
NHL Games: 59 (all with Boston)

#28 ELIAS LINDHOLM

Center/Right Wing (shoots right)
From: Boden, Sweden
Age: 23
Cap Hit: $4.85 million
Last Amateur Club: Brynas IF (Sweden)
Drafted: By Carolina, 5th overall, in 2013
Acquired: In a trade with Carolina (with Noah Hanifin) for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and the rights to Adam Fox.
NHL Games: 374 (all with Carolina)

#29 DILLON DUBE

Center/Left Wing (shoots left)
From: Cochrane, Alberta
Age: 20
Cap Hit: $778,333
Last Amateur Club: Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
Drafted: By Calgary, 56th overall in 2016
NHL Games: 0

#33 DAVID RITTICH

Goaltender
From: Jihlava, Czech Republic
Age: 26
Cap Hit: $800,000
Last Amateur Club: HC Dukla Jihlava (Czech Republic)
Acquired: Signed as a free agent
NHL Games: 22 (all with Calgary)

#41 MIKE SMITH

Goaltender
From: Kingston, Ontario
Age: 36
Cap Hit: $4.25 million ($1.417 million retained by Arizona)
Last Amateur Club: Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
Drafted: By Dallas, 161st overall in 2001
Acquired: In a trade with Arizona for Chad Johnson, the rights to Brandon Hickey and a conditional 2018 3rd round pick
NHL Games: 529 (with Dallas, Tampa Bay, Phoenix/Arizona and Calgary)

#55 NOAH HANIFIN

Defenseman (shoots left)
From: Boston, Massachusetts
Age: 21
Cap Hit: $4.95 million
Last Amateur Club: Boston College Eagles (NCAA)
Drafted: By Carolina, 5th overall, in 2015
Acquired: In a trade with Carolina (with Elias Lindholm) for Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and the rights to Adam Fox.
NHL Games: 239 (all with Carolina)

#67 MICHAEL FROLIK

Right Wing (shoots left)
From: Kladno, Czech Republic
Age: 30
Cap Hit: $4.3 million
Last Amateur Club: Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)
Drafted: By Florida, 10th overall in 2006
Acquired: Signed as a free agent
NHL Games: 728 (with Florida, Chicago, Winnipeg and Calgary)
Won Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2013

#77 MARK JANKOWSKI

Center (shoots left)
From: Hamilton, Ontario
Age: 24
Cap Hit: $1.675 million
Last Amateur Club: Providence College Friars (NCAA)
Drafted: By Calgary, 21st overall in 2012
NHL Games: 73 (all with Calgary)
Scored four goals in a game once.

#93 SAM BENNETT


Left Wing (shoots left)
From: Holland Landing, Ontario
Age: 22
Cap Hit: $1.95 million
Last Amateur Club: Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
Drafted: By Calgary, 4th overall in 2014
NHL Games: 241 (all with Calgary)
Scored four goals in a game once.



  • Raffydog

    I look at this lineup and to me it’s just the same crap that they put out last season. I just don’t see where the goals are going to come from. The top line will get their points no doubt, but it’s just a bunch of garbage after that. The 3m line sucked last year and with the diminishing skills of Backlund and Frolik there’s no reason to believe that they will be anything but garbage this year. Backlund is not a 2nd line centre, and Frolik plays like he’s 65 years old, and should be sitting in the press box. That third line is going to struggle hard to score goals. If that line stays intact, Neal will be lucky to finish the year with 10 goals. And the fourth line is what it is, just more crap. With the new coach I was really hoping to see something different than the lineups that caused the team to fall flat on its face, but it’s like GG never left. These are his lines and they didn’t work last year and they won’t work this year. Not sure why they even bothered with a new coach when they’re just going to roll out the same garbage we’ve all seen before. And with the worst goaltending tandem in the league and that pillowy soft defence, this is going to be a long painful year yet again.

    • Mickey O'McGritty

      Raffy, you don’t hear that much from Tony Robbins these days. In fact, there seems to be a bit of a void out there.
      Have you considered going on the lecturing circuit slinging your upbeat pearls of wisdom to the adoring masses?
      You would be a natural, I’m telling ya!

    • Sven

      “The 3m line sucked last year”..

      indeed …

      if by “sucked” you mean played at a consistently effective level

      in fact – according to LeftWingLock.com
      a statistical site evaluating  NHL forward trios based upon: “Puck possession, shooting, scoring metrics and defensive play”

      the 3M line ranked 22nd of all NHL line combinations

      and only 5 teams in the entire league , (Colorado, Las Vegas, Nashville, Philadelphia and the Islanders), had a more effective second unit

      meaning that of the 31 NHL teams skating last season

      the metrics of Calgarys 3M line, the Flames nominal “second unit”, were sufficient to merit “first line “status in almost half of the NHL rinks icing a side last season

      and they would be the best “second line” option in every NHL city outside the 5 towns listed above…

      so – yeah

      sure they “suck”

      I just hope the Flames third and fourth line “suck” as much this year – 

    • Flint

      Strange observation. You do know that every single line features a player that wasn’t there last year. Lindholm, Neal, Ryan, Czarnik… on D Brodie moves up… Hanafin and Valimaki. Dube will get reps.

      That’s 7 new players.. basically one third the team. And including Brodie playing in a different role its 8 significant changes.

      Plus a new coaching staff.

      Same old? What did you want a whole different team?

      The changes dont ensure improvement but it’s far from the same group.

    • Bawcos

      What the F are you talking about Raffy? This team just took it’s 3rd line – made it better – then put it down as their 3rd line. Neal, lucky to score 10 goals? He’s never not scored 20! with many different teams, in many different situations. Backlund? Not a 2nd Line C is like saying Toews isn’t a 1st Line C. Different roles = different pt totals. 3rd Line is completely new. Therefor, by definition, different than last year. The only thing that stayed the same is goal tenders. And I’m of the opinion that let’s see what they have, if a trade needs to be made then pull the trigger. But the point here is CGY is absolutely not the same team as last season. One could argue that they in fact have changed the most.

  • Mickey O'McGritty

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  • freethe flames

    What are reasonable expectations of this squad? This team should be in the play off hunt and could challenge for the Pacific crown if everything goes well. I like the more aggressive system that BP has introduced and it should get the most out of the squad he has. Two things that need to improve from the preseason are better goaltending and more success on the PP. I think we will see BP use his 4 lines in specific roles and that 5 on 5 the lines will be rolled more than in the past. We will not see them used in the traditional 4 line model.
    Line A: Johnny(25)/Monny(35)/Lindholm(20) this line will get mostly offensive zone starts how ever Lindholm makes this line better defensively than they have been in the past. All 3 will play on the PP and Lindholm will also play on the PK. Expectations for this line should be 80+ goals.
    Line B: Tkachuk(25)/Backs(15)/Frolik(12). This line will once again get the most difficult defensive zone starts and be expected to produce it’s own offence and change the possession arrow. Tkachuk will play on the PP, Frolik will play on the PK and Backlund will play on both. Expectations for this line should be 50+ goals.
    Line C: Dube(10)/Ryan(15)/Neal(20): This line will likely get more ozone starts than Dzone starts. Dube will likely play the PK, Neal the power play and Ryan will get time on both units. 45+ goals from this line should not be a reach.
    Line D: Bennett(15)/Janko(20)/Czarnik(10): This line will likely see more defensive zone starts than Ozone starts. All 3 will play the PK and while Czarnik will see more PP time at the start of the season I would not be surprised to see all three get some PP during the year. 45+ goals for this line is a realistic number.
    D Pairing A: TJ(6)/Gio(14): they will face other teams top 2 lines and will both at times play on both the PK and PP. This tandem should be around 20 goals.
    D Pairing B: Hamonic(4)/Hanifin (11): they will also face tough minutes Hanifin will play on both units and Hamonic will be on the PK. 15 goals from this pairing is reasonable.
    D Pairing C: Stone(3)/Valimaki(7): This unit will face mostly 3rd/4th liners from other teams. stone will play on the PK while Valimaki will get to play on a bit on both units. 10 goals from this pairing should be attainable.(Could easily go up)

    Time will tell. But These are my expectations. As the season goes on we will see both Andersson and Mangiapane come up and make contributions to this team and while I agree with many of the writers here today that they could easily be up already I understand the reasoning they were sent down.

    • oilcanboyd

      Nice observations….I am sure there will be a few line changes during the season depending on how the new lines gel and how the young guns perform. But man, so much more talent than previous years!
      Interesting to see what the starting lineup is tonight.