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Comparing today’s roster to Darryl Sutter’s last roster as coach

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Ryan Pike
1 year ago
It’s a big day for the Calgary Flames! Darryl Sutter is back behind the bench for the club as they face the Montreal Canadiens. The last game he coached for the Flames was Game 7 of a first round loss to Anaheim way back on May 3, 2006.
Which roster would you rather have? Sutter’s from 2006 or Sutter’s from today?

Goaltenders

20062021
Miikka Kiprusoff
Brian Boucher
Jacob Markstrom
David Rittich
Louis Domingue (taxi)
Edge: 2021. Kiprusoff is the best goalie of the bunch, easily, but we’d rather have Markstrom, Rittich o Domingue over 2006 Brian Boucher.

Defensemen

20062021
Dion Phaneuf
Roman Hamrlik
Jordan Leopold
Andrew Ference
Robyn Regehr
Rhett Warrener
Bryan Marchment (extra)
Cale Hulse (extra)
Mark Giordano (extra)
Rasmus Andersson
Mark Giordano
Juuso Valimaki
Chris Tanev
Noah Hanifin
Nikita Nesterov
Michael Stone (taxi)
Oliver Kylington (taxi)
Edge: 2006. The 2021 Flames have a former Norris winner, but the depth in 2006 was something to behold. They had three strong pairings, while the 2021 Flames are a bit top-heavy.

Forwards

20062021
Tony Amonte
Stephane Yelle
Jarome Iginla
Byron Ritchie
Shean Donovan
Chris Simon
Matthew Lombardi
Chuck Kobasew
Kristian Huselius
Daymond Langkow
Jamie Lundmark
Darren McCarty
Marcus Nilson (extra)
Mike Leclerc (extra)
Craig MacDonald (extra)
Derek Ryan
Mikael Backlund
Johnny Gaudreau
Milan Lucic
Matthew Tkachuk
Sean Monahan
Brett Ritchie
Josh Leivo
Elias Lindholm
Dillon Dube
Andrew Mangiapane
Sam Bennett
Joakim Nordstrom (extra)
Dominik Simon (extra)
Buddy Robinson (taxi)
Zac Rinaldo (taxi)
Edge: This is close, but a slight edge to 2021. The 2006 had Jarome Iginla, Daymond Langkow, and a bunch of role players. The 2021 team has more high-end players, more up-and-comers, and overall just a better mix of players.
Which roster would you rather have? Sound off in the comments!

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