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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.

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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

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#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

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#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

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#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.


    • FlamesFan27

      Dog, I don’t usually agree with you. But, I do on this post. Realistically Flames will be fighting for a playoff spot. They could be anywhere from 85-100 points depending on goaltending.

    • Skylardog

      It comes down to who is going to score the extra 40 or so goals this teams needs compared to last year. Hamilton and Ferland out is about equal to Neal and Hanifin in. Lindholm covers Stajan and Brouwer, and gains about 10 at best. Czarnik is a playmaker, not a scorer. Dube ain’t getting 30 this season (not that I don’t think he can in a year or 2).

  • 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.

    • The Beej

      Sorry but Mangiapane is better than all the PTOs and unsigned rookies. Hathaway and Lazar are pretty good candidates for scratches. You wouldnt want to waste a prospect on a bench spot.

      Overall this is pretty good and Mangiapane and And ersoncan get their motors running and give us a boost in a few weeks.

      Not sure who these PTOs are you speak of that would have been upgrades. Name one please. Only guy I noticed was Sproul and he would have been AHL depth at best. If it is the rooks Mangiapane and Anderson you are refering to… why waste them on a bench spot. At 20 years old They need to play minutes.

      • FlamesFanOtherCity

        It’s true. Even though I am miffed about leaving Lazar on the roster, they would be pretty hard up to play him.
        They already know Mangiapane is better. Ras gets left behind because they want a vet sitting and eating popcorn, not Ras. If Valimaki can solidify his spot, they can offload Stone and call the Ras up. If they only keep Valimak for 9 games, they either bring up Ras to play RD and shift Stone or use Kylington.

        • Skylardog

          What stat anywhere says that Mangiapane is better at the NHL level than Lazar. Lazar and Hathaway were both better than Bennett last year in terms of making the players around them better. Everyone who Bennett played with had their numbers tank when they played with him compared to when they played without him, except for Janko.

          Having said that, Lazar needed to go to Stockton. He needs and asked to get playing time after he was put on waivers, even if that meant being in the AHL. He gets it. This is not in his or the Flames best interest. Peluso should have been the 14th guy.

          Which raises the question. Is there someone on the roster that already has a nagging injury and will miss time in the next week? Is that why Lazar, who by all accounts wanted and should have gone down, is still here?

  • Jimmyhaggis

    BT just can’t admit Lazar isn’t good enough to play at this level, especially the Flames, with so many other better players in the organization. And Hathaway, what is he doing here. I don’t have a problem with Prout, he impressed me during pre season. Team looks good, other than goaltending.

    • Jobu

      Calm yourselves… you are talking about two bench riders here who wont see more than 20 games combined this year (barring injury, in which case Mangiapane gets called up and likely plays more)

    • HOCKEY83

      Interested in the list of “so many other better players” in the organization. Who is it Foo Gawdin Phillips and Mangi. If you throw any of these players into the press box like Hathaway and lazar are going to be…it will hurt the development of these players. They are better off in Stockton.

    • The Beej

      Who would you have on the team over Hathaway and Lazar and where would they play.

      Anderson and Mangiapane are not going to be benchwarmers. It just aint gonna happen. The decisions made are more about what is best for their development… not about Lazar.

      • Joeyhere

        I agree with your assessment. With over 200 nhl games we know what Lazar is, a fabulous attitude but not the skills to match. It’s Mangi and Foo who need ice time. They will get that in Stockton. Lazar is the perfect bench warmer, he has a good attitude, won’t complain, a team guy who will give 100 percent in practices.
        But if there is a real injury or need its Mangiapane who gets put into the games

      • FlamesFanOtherCity

        I don’t think you need anyone being the 14th player.
        Two forwards get injured before the start of a game, you go with 11F and 7D.
        The replacement forward could be brought up within 1/2 a day for the next game.
        What’s the value of two guys that shoot right and mostly play RW as your extras.

  • Dan the flames fan

    Not happy about Lazar still in Calgary. He did very little until his back was up against a wall. Manga did more consistently, and in my view, earned the right to be with the big club. Hopefully this is just a ploy to upgrade a trade.