Calgary Flames recall Jakob Pelletier, Kevin Rooney and Cole Schwindt from AHL’s Wranglers

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Ryan Pike
5 months ago
As they return from the All-Star break, the Calgary Flames have made more roster moves. Per the club, they’ve recalled forwards Jakob Pelletier, Kevin Rooney and Cole Schwindt from the American Hockey League’s Calgary Wranglers. They’ve also placed A.J. Greer on the injury reserve, retroactive to his injury on Jan. 25.
Pelletier, 22, was the Flames’ first-rounder in 2019 and is a left-shot winger. After an audition in 2022-23 on the NHL roster in a limited role, he seemed like a shoo-in for a role on the club this season… but he was injured in the pre-season and just recently returned after shoulder surgery. He’s played four AHL games this season and posted two goals and three points.
Rooney, 30, is a left shot centre who joined the Flames out of free agency in 2022 but didn’t really fit in under Darryl Sutter’s system, and spent much of 2022-23 in the AHL. He had a pretty good training camp and seemed in the mix for an NHL gig before he, too, was injured – he crashed into the boards during a practice. He recently returned after shoulder surgery and has one goal in four AHL games.
Schwindt, 22, is a right shot centre (and winger) who joined the Flames via the Matthew Tkachuk trade with Florida. He’s been the Wranglers’ tough-minutes centre this year and was briefly up with the Flames to audition for a fourth-line gig before he was sent down to the AHL during the Flames’ All-Star break. He has zero points in three NHL games and 8 goals and 20 points in 40 AHL games.
So here’s the roster situation for the Flames:
  • Goaltenders [2]: Jacob Markstrom & Dan Vladar
  • Defencemen [8]: Rasmus Andersson, MacKenzie Weegar, Chris Tanev, Noah Hanifin, Dennis Gilbert, Jordan Oesterle, Oliver Kylington and Brayden Pachal
  • Forwards [13]: Jonathan Huberdeau, Yegor Sharangovich, Andrei Kuzmenko, Andrew Mangiapane, Mikael Backlund, Blake Coleman, Connor Zary, Nazem Kadri, Martin Pospisil, Walker Duehr, Jakob Pelletier, Cole Schwindt and Kevin Rooney
  • Injury Reserve [1]: A.J. Greer
  • Non-Roster [1]: Dillon Dube
(The Flames’ top nine seems set, so they focused on bringing up potential fourth line bodies.)
The Flames have $84.1 million in active cap commitments, slightly over the $83.5 million cap, but since they banked savings earlier in the season they’re able to overspend – to the extent that they have savings left. They project to have just shy of $72,000 of cap space remaining after these recalls.
The Flames return to action on Tuesday in Boston.

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