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Introducing the 2019-20 Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames have set their 2019-20 opening roster. For your education and amusement, here is a quick rundown of the 23 players on the Flames’ roster.

#4 – Rasmus Andersson (RD)

22 years old (turns 23 on Oct. 27); from Malmo, Sweden
$755,833 AAV (plus $57,500 in potential bonuses); will be restricted free agent following this season
Calgary’s second round pick (53rd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Barrie Colts (OHL) as an import
90 career NHL games, all with the Flames

#5 – Mark Giordano (LD)

35 years old (turns 36 on Oct. 3); from Toronto, Ontario
$6.75 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following 2021-22 season
Captain since 2013 (previously alternate captain 2011-13)
Signed as a free agent
Played junior hockey with the Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
833 career NHL games, all with the Flames (second-most in franchise history behind Jarome Iginla)
Won Norris Trophy (2018-19), NHL Foundation Player Award (2015-16) and Spengler Cup (2007)
“Young and Fresh”

#7 – TJ Brodie (RD)

29 years old; from Chatham, Ontario
$4.65 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following this season
Calgary’s fourth round pick (114th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Saginaw Spirit and Barrie Colts (OHL)
570 career NHL games, all with the Flames

#8 – Juuso Valimaki (LD)

20 years old (turns 21 on Oct. 6); from Nokia, Finland
$894,166 AAV (plus $425,000 in potential bonuses); will be restricted free agent following 2020-21 season
Calgary’s first round pick (16th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Tri-City Americans (WHL)
24 career NHL games, all with the Flames
On the injury reserve due to knee surgery

#10 – Derek Ryan (C)

32 years old; from Spokane, Washington
$3.125 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following 2020-21 season
Signed as a free agent
Played junior hockey with the Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
Played college hockey with the University of Alberta Golden Bears (USports)
234 career NHL games, with Carolina and the Flames

#11 – Mikael Backlund (C)

30 years old; from Vasteras, Sweden
$5.35 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following 2023-24 season
Alternate captain since 2018
Calgary’s first round pick (24th overall) in the 2007 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) as an import
620 career NHL games, all with the Flames

#13 – Johnny Gaudreau (LW)

26 years old; from Carney’s Point, New Jersey
$6.75 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following 2021-22 season
Calgary’s fourth round pick (104th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft
Played college hockey with the Boston College Eagles (NCAA)
394 career NHL games, all with the Flames
Won Lady Byng (2016-17), Hobey Baker (2013-14) and World Junior gold (2012-13)

#16 – Tobias Rieder (RW)

26 years old; from Landshut, Germany
$700,000 AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following this season
Edmonton’s fourth round pick (114th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft
Signed as a free agent
Played junior hockey with the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) as an import
379 career NHL games, with Arizona, Los Angeles and Edmonton

#17 – Milan Lucic (LW)

31 years old; from Vancouver, British Columbia
$5.25 million AAV (Edmonton’s paying another $575,000 via retained salary); will be unrestricted free agent following 2022-23 season
Boston’s second round pick (50th overall) in the 2006 NHL Draft
Acquired via trade with Edmonton
Played junior hockey with the Vancouver Giants (WHL)
890 career NHL games with Boston, Los Angeles and Edmonton
Won Stanley Cup (2011) and Memorial Cup (2007)

#19 – Matthew Tkachuk (LW)

21 years old; from St. Louis, Missouri
$7 million AAV; will be restricted free agent following 2021-22 season
Alternate captain (since 2018)
Calgary’s first round pick (6th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the U.S. National Development Team (USHL) and the London Knights (OHL)
224 career NHL games, all with the Flames
Won Memorial Cup (2016)

#23 – Sean Monahan (C)

24 years old (turns 25 on Oct. 12); from Brampton, Ontario
$6.375 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following 2022-23 season
Alternate captain (since 2015)
Calgary’s first round pick (6th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
471 career NHL games, all with the Flames

#24 – Travis Hamonic (RD)

29 years old; from St. Malo, Manitoba
$3.857 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following this season
NY Islanders’ second round pick (53rd overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft
Acquired in a trade with the Islanders
Played junior hockey with the Moose Jaw Warriors and Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
587 career NHL games, with the Islanders and Flames
Won NHL Foundation Player Award (2016-17)
Currently runs three charities with his wife

#26 – Michael Stone (RD)

29 years old; from Winnipeg, Manitoba
$1.867 million AAV ($700,000 salary, plus $1.167 million buyout); will be unrestricted free agent following this season
Phoenix’s third round pick (69th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft
Acquired in a trade with Arizona, bought out, then signed as a free agent
Played junior hockey with the Calgary Hitmen (WHL), one of a handful of Hitmen to ever suit up for the Flames
439 career NHL games, with Arizona/Phoenix and the Flames

#27 – Austin Czarnik (RW)

26 years old; from Washington Township, Michigan
$1.25 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following this season
Signed as a free agent
Played junior hockey with the U.S. National Development Team and Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
Played college hockey with Miami University (NCAA)
113 career NHL games, with Boston and the Flames

#28 – Elias Lindholm (RW/C)

24 years old; from Boden, Sweden
$4.85 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following 2023-24 season
Carolina’s first round pick (5th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft
Acquired in a trade with Carolina
455 career NHL games, with Carolina and the Flames

#33 – David Rittich (G)

27 years old; from Jihlava, Czech Republic
$2.75 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following 2020-21 season
Signed as a free agent
67 career NHL games, all with the Flames
“Big Save Dave”

#39 – Cam Talbot (G)

32 years old; from Caledonia, Ontario
$2.75 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following this season
Signed as a free agent
Played college hockey with the University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers (NCAA)
288 career NHL games, with NY Rangers, Edmonton and Philadelphia

#55 – Noah Hanifin (LD)

22 years old; from Boston, Massachusetts
$4.95 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following 2023-24 season
Carolina’s first round pick (5th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft
Acquired in a trade with Carolina
Played junior hockey with the U.S. National Development Team (USHL)
Played college hockey with the Boston College Eagles (NCAA)
319 career NHL games, with Carolina and the Flames

#58 – Oliver Kylington (LD)

22 years old; from Stockholm, Sweden
$730,833 AAV (plus $82,500 in potential bonuses); will be restricted free agent following this season
Calgary’s second round pick (60th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft
39 career NHL games, all with the Flames
Believe it or not, this will be his 7th season playing pro hockey – he made his debut in the SHL when he was 16

#67 – Michael Frolik (RW)

31 years old; from Kladno, Czech Republic
$4.3 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following this season
Florida’s first round pick (10th overall) in the 2006 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) as an import
793 career NHL games, with Florida, Chicago, Winnipeg and the Flames
Won Stanley Cup (2013)

#77 – Mark Jankowski (C)

25 years old; from Hamilton, Ontario
$1.675 million AAV; will be restricted free agent following this season
Calgary’s first round pick (21st overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft
Played college hockey with the Providence College Friars (NCAA)
152 career NHL games, all with the Flames
Won NCAA Championship (2015)

#88 – Andrew Mangiapane (LW)

23 years old; from Bolton, Ontario
$715,000 AAV; will be restricted free agent following this season
Calgary’s sixth round pick (166th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft
Played college hockey with the Barrie Colts (OHL)
54 career NHL games, all with the Flames

#93 – Sam Bennett (LW/C)

23 years old; from East Gwilliambury, Ontario
$2.55 million AAV; will be restricted free agent following 2020-21 season
Calgary’s first round pick (4th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
312 career NHL games, all with the Flames
Best facial hair on the team