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Introducing the 2021-22 Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames have set their 2021-22 opening roster. For your education and amusement, here is a quick rundown of the 23 players on the Flames’ roster. Nine of these players didn’t start last season on the Flames’ NHL roster.

The main roster

#4 – Rasmus Andersson (RD)

24 years old (turns 25 on Oct. 27); from Malmö, Sweden
$4.55 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following 2025-26 season
Calgary’s second round pick (53rd overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Malmö Redhawks (J20 SuperElit) and the Barrie Colts (OHL, as an import)
216 career NHL games, all with the Flames

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#6 – Juuso Välimäki (LD)

23 years old; from Nokia, Finland
$1.55 million AAV; will be restricted free agent following 2022-23 season
Calgary’s first round pick (16th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with Ilves (J20 SM-liiga) and the Tri-City Americans (WHL, as an import)
73 career NHL games, all with the Flames

#8 – Chris Tanev (RD)

31 years old; from Toronto, Ontario
$4.5 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following 2023-24 season
Played college hockey with the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers (NCAA)
Signed as a free agent
514 career NHL games, with Vancouver and the Flames
Won World Championship with Canada in 2016

#11 – Mikael Backlund (C)

32 years old; from Västerås, Sweden
Alternate captain since 2018
$5.35 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following 2023-24 season
Calgary’s first round pick (24th overall) in the 2007 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with VIK Hockey Ungdom and VIK Västerås HK (J20 SuperElit) and the Kelowna Rockets (WHL, as an import)
744 career NHL games, all with the Flames
Won WHL Championship with Kelowna in 2009
Won World Championship with Sweden in 2018

#13 – Johnny Gaudreau (LW)

28 years old; from Carney’s Point, New Jersey
$6.75 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following this season
Calgary’s fourth round pick (104th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL) and college hockey with the Boston College Eagles (NCAA)
520 career NHL games, all with the Flames
Won USHL Championship with Dubuque in 2011
Won NCAA Championship with Boston College in 2012
Won World Junior gold medal with United States in 2013
Won Hobey Baker Award in 2013-14 and Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 2016-17

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#15 – Brad Richardson (C) [injury reserve]

36 years old; from Belleville, Ontario
$800,000 AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following this season
Colorado’s fifth round pick (163rd overall) in the 2003 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
Signed as a free agent
825 career NHL games, with Colorado, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Arizona and Nashville
Won Stanley Cup with Los Angeles in 2012

#16 – Nikita Zadorov (LD)

26 years old; from Moscow, Russia
$3.75 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following this season
Buffalo’s first round pick (16th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with Krasnaya Armiya Moskva (MHL) and the London Knights (OHL, as an import)
Acquired in a trade with Chicago
411 career NHL games, with Buffalo, Colorado and Chicago
Won OHL Championship with London in 2013

#17 – Milan Lucic (LW)

33 years old; from Vancouver, British Columbia
$5.25 million AAV (Edmonton’s covering the other $750,000 of his $6 million total cap hit); will be unrestricted free agent following 2022-23 season
Boston’s second round pick (50th overall) in the 2006 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Vancouver Giants (WHL)
Acquired via trade with Edmonton
1,014 career NHL games with Boston, Los Angeles, Edmonton and the Flames
Won Memorial Cup with Vancouver in 2007
Won Stanley Cup with Los Angeles in 2011

#18 – Tyler Pitlick (RW)

29 years old; from Minneapolis, Minnesota
$1.75 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following this season
Edmonton’s second round pick (31st overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft
Played college hockey with the Minnesota State University Mavericks (NCAA) and junior hockey with the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
Acquired in a trade with Seattle
286 career NHL games, with Edmonton, Dallas, Philadelphia and Arizona

#19 – Matthew Tkachuk (LW)

23 years old; from St. Louis, Missouri
Alternate captain (since 2018)
$7 million AAV; will be restricted free agent following this season
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)
349 career NHL games, all with the Flames
Won OHL Championship and Memorial Cup with London in 2016

#20 – Blake Coleman (LW)

29 years old; from Plano, Texas
$4.9 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following 2026-27 season
New Jersey’s third round pick (75th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with Tri-City Storm & Indiana Ice (USHL) and college hockey with Miami University RedHawks (NCAA)
Signed as a free agent
301 career NHL games, with New Jersey and Tampa Bay
Won Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2020 & 2021

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#22 – Trevor Lewis (RW)

34 years old; from Salt Lake City, Utah
$800,000 AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following this season
Los Angeles’ first round pick (17th overall) in the 2006 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) and Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
Signed as a free agent
730 career NHL games, with Los Angeles and Winnipeg
Won USHL Championship with Des Moines in 2006
Won Stanley Cup with Los Angeles in 2012 & 2014

#23 – Sean Monahan (C)

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

#25 – Jacob Markström (G)

31 years old; from Galve, Sweden
$6 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following the 2025-26 season
Florida’s second round pick (31st overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with Brynas IF (J20 SuperElit)
Signed as a free agent
315 career NHL games, with Florida, Vancouver and the Flames
Won World Championship with Sweden in 2013

#28 – Elias Lindholm (C)

26 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
Played junior hockey with Brynas IF (J20 SuperElit)
Acquired in a trade with Carolina
581 career NHL games, with Carolina and the Flames
Won World Championship with Sweden in 2017

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#29 – Dillon Dube (LW)

23 years old; from Cochrane, Alberta
$2.3 million AAV; will be restricted free agent following 2023-24 season
Calgary’s second round pick (56th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
121 career NHL games, all with the Flames
Won WHL Championship with Kelowna in 2015
Won World Junior gold medal with Canada in 2018

#42 – Glenn Gawdin (C)

24 years old; from Richmond, British Columbia
$750,000 AAV; will be Group 6 free agent following this season
St. Louis’ fourth round pick (116th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Swift Current Broncos (WHL)
Signed as a free agent
7 career NHL games, all with the Flames
Won WHL Championship with Swift Current in 2018

#44 – Erik Gudbranson (RD)

29 years old; from Ottawa Ontario
$1.95 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following this season
Florida’s first round pick (3rd overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
Signed as a free agent
563 career NHL games, with Florida, Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Anaheim, Ottawa and Nashville

#55 – Noah Hanifin (LD)

24 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
Played junior hockey with the U.S. National Development Team (USHL) and college hockey with the Boston College Eagles (NCAA)
Acquired in a trade with Carolina
436 career NHL games, with Carolina and the Flames

#58 – Oliver Kylington (LD)

24 years old; from Stockholm, Sweden
$750,000 AAV; will be restricted free agent following this season
Calgary’s second round pick (60th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with Södertälje SK and Färjestad BK (J20 SuperElit)
95 career NHL games, all with the Flames

#80 – Daniel Vladar (G)

24 years old; from Praha, Czech Republic
$750,000 AAV; will be restricted free agent following the 2022-23 season
Boston’s third round pick (75th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with Rytiri Kladno (Czech Republic)
Acquired in a trade with Boston
5 career NHL games, all with Boston

#88 – Andrew Mangiapane (LW)

25 years old; from Bolton, Ontario
$2.425 million AAV; will be restricted free agent following this season
Calgary’s sixth round pick (166th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Barrie Colts (OHL)
178 career NHL games, all with the Flames
Won World Championship with Canada in 2021

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