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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:


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


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)


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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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


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


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


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


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)


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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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


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)


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)


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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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)


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)


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)


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


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)


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)


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)


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


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.


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.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    On paper this team is so much stronger than last season at this point. Tons more skill and depth. Goaltending scares me a little but very optimistic about this group! Bring on tomorrow night!

      • Cfan in Van

        OK, I get that you’re a perpetual glass-pretty-much-completely-empty type of person, even on the best of days… But what about Gio, Stone, Hamonic, screams “soft as marshmellows”.

        • Skylardog

          Hamonic will be shown to be our weakest defenseman before the season is over. We just sent the 2nd best defenseman we had to Stockton(Andersson).

          Just think. We start the season with whipping boy Brodie, Stone, that we all hate, and Hamonic who has had 2 disasterous seasons in the last 2 years on the right side. On left you got a rock in Gio, a young kid in Hanifin that many say has some defensive weaknesses, and a rookie that is yet to play an NHL Game.

          Sorry – What part of that isn’t a marshmallow? (other than Gio)

  • thumz

    Go Flames Go!
    Here here to laying some serious beat downs on the Oilers and Canucks!
    Here here to the boys lifting lord Stanley’s mug!
    Here here to shirts off for Kippersoff on the Red Mile!
    Go Flames Go!

  • 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.

    • Ralph Waldo Emerson

      Those two are easily the top 2 Canadian teams entering this season. I’m hoping the Flames make it into the Western Finals – yes my hopes are high.

    • oilcanboyd

      Name me ONE Canadian team that will be in great shape if their number one goalie goes down! Jets – Brossoit? lol, Oilers – ? Unproven KHL goalie, Vancouver – Demko? lol, Habs – Niemi (maybe), Leafs – Sparkey? not proven, Sens – Condon meh?

    • 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).

  • meat1

    It’s looking more and more like a real battle is shaping up with the Leafs and Nylander getting a contract figured out. How much more would it take than Sam Bennett in a trade? If we were to send Bennett and TJ Brodie to the Leafs in exchange for Nylander and a third round pick???? The salary would be a wash and Ras could replace Brodie. It would potentially make for a second line of Tkachuk-Nylander-Neal which would be dynamite. Two of our weakest links (besides in goal) are Bennett and Brodie.

  • Zesty14

    Well looks like I have a Dube jersey to buy just like a promised if he made opening roster. (Thank god I didn’t jump the gun and have 59 instead of 29.) Nothing better then looking down the opening roster and seeing talent for a playoff contention team.

  • 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?

  • dontcryWOLF

    They didnt put Lazar on the waiver wire without some intention of sending him down. My guess is dube and valimaki might only get 9 games, and then be replaced by Lazar and Andersson.

    • HOCKEY83

      Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk: Skips third frame as precaution
      by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
      (9/29/18) Tkachuk was removed from Saturday’s game against the Flames as a precaution, considering he was “dinged up” and sustained a lower-body injury in a game against the Sharks two days prior, Kristen Anderson of The Calgary Sun reports.
      Tkachuk logged 12:45 of ice time in Sunday’s 4-3 road loss to the Oilers, coming up empty on three shot attempts and posting a minus-1 rating. Apparently, the plan all along was for Tkachuk to only play in two periods, so fantasy owners shouldn’t fret about the power winger’s status for the Opening Night matchup with the Canucks next Wednesday.

    • Raffydog

      I’m pretty worried about that too. I wonder if that knock on the head he took at the end of last season is still troubling him, he looked like a shell of his old self during the preseason. I hope it isn’t lingering concussion issues.

  • Chucky

    It seems that they are trying to spread out scoring across three lines but I am not sure they have the right mix just yet.
    Tkachuk has a huge offensive upside but it is not obvious that Backlund and Frolik have the same potential.
    Dube and Ryan seem to have speed but does Neal’s game fit with that.
    Bennett and Jankowski play to control the boards and behind the net, Czarnik does not go into these areas, will he pick up a lot of lose pucks and score or simply be a mismatch.
    I expect that there will be some shuffling even though the lineup from yesterday is good enough to win several against the early schedule.
    The strong part is the defense both Giordano and Brodie seem to have enough confidence in each other to commit to the aggressive play on the blueline to break up most rushes.
    Hanifin and Hamonic look a lot better than Hamonic and Brodie.
    Valimaki looks like an improvement on Kulak, Stone has not gotten any worse and Prout may actually be a better seventh than Bartkowski.
    Each of the forward lines have at least one defensively responsible player .
    The defense through the neutral zone and at the blueline is far superior to the fall back and turtle strategy employed last year.
    The variety of zone exit strategies are a vast improvement on shoot it around the boards straitjacket and the passing speed gives them a chance to create offensive opportunity out of the defensive zone.
    Goaltending is a question but there is no reason to believe that it will that much different than last year. There are really very few goalies that have the standing to make a team relax, we got spoiled by Kipper.
    Don’t be surprise if Maniapanie and Anderson are on the roster by mid November.

    • Jakethesnail?

      Tkachuk is good but he does not have huge offensive upside he will get 50-60 points max. He is what he is . He is not all of a sudden going to become elite.

      • Chucky

        60 points is a 20% improvement on last year and puts him tied for 72nd in the league. With 31 teams that is theoretically third on any team. Not third on a team that does not score. Put him on a more offensively oriented line and he will beat the 60 point mark. Leave him out against McDavid, Crosby etc and he will not get beyond 60.

  • Mickey O'McGritty

    Follow Follow @NHLFlames
    Wearing the A!

    Mikael Backlund and Matthew Tkachuk have been named #Flames alternate captains! Congrats boys!

    ~ Byng gets himself a letter! Atta boy young Matthew.

  • oilcanboyd

    Question: If Lazar is sent down to AHL, does he have to then clear waivers if he gets traded to another team? If YES, then maybe Tre is trying to trade Lazar to give him a chance with another team, like Kulak.

  • 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.