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Delving into the Calgary Flames’ pretty crowded winger depth chart

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Photo credit:Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Ryan Pike
21 days ago
Folks, we’re about six weeks away from the 2024 trade deadline and the Calgary Flames are expected by many to be an active participant in the league’s big moves. As we creep closer to the dominoes beginning to topple, we thought we’d use All-Star Week to take a look at what the Flames have, and don’t have, in their system.
Next up, the Flames’ wingers.

Established NHLers

Jonathan Huberdeau (30; left shot) is under contract through 2030-31, with a $10.5 million cap hit and a full no-move clause. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent upon expiry. He has 6 goals and 26 points in 48 NHL games this season.
Andrew Mangiapane (27; left shot) is under contract through 2024-25, with a $5.8 million cap hit and a partial no-trade clause. He’ll become a UFA upon expiry. He has 9 goals and 27 points in 48 NHL games this season.
Andrei Kuzmenko (28; right shot) is under contract through 2024-25, with a $5.5 million cap hit and a partial no-trade clause. He’ll become a UFA upon expiry. He has 8 goals and 21 points in 43 NHL games this season.
Blake Coleman (32; left shot) is under contract through 2026-27, with a $4.9 million cap hit and a full no-trade clause. (It becomes a partial no-trade clause next season.) He’ll become a UFA upon expiry. He has 20 goals and 40 points in 49 NHL games this season.
Yegor Sharangovich (25; left shot) is under contract through 2024-25, with a $3.1 million cap hit. He’ll become a UFA upon expiry. He has 20 goals and 35 points in 49 NHL games this season.
Walker Duehr (26; right shot) is under contract through 2024-25, with a $825,000 cap hit. He’ll become a UFA upon expiry. He has 1 goal and 4 points in 20 NHL games and 1 point in 2 AHL games this season.
A.J. Greer (27; left shot) is under contract through this season, with a $762,500 cap hit. He’ll become a UFA upon expiry. He has 6 goals and 10 points in 47 NHL games this season.
Dillon Dube (25; left shot) is under contract through this season, with a $2.3 million cap hit. He’ll become a restricted free agent upon expiry, but given his complicated legal situation right now related to the Hockey Canada scandal, it’s unclear what his future holds from a hockey perspective. He has 3 goals and 7 points in 43 NHL games this season.
Connor Zary (22; left shot) is under contract through 2024-25, with an $863,333 cap hit. He’ll become an RFA upon expiry. He has 10 goals and 23 points in 39 NHL games and 1 goal and 10 points in 6 AHL games this season.
Martin Pospisil (24; left shot) is under contract through this season, with a $775,000 cap hit. He’ll become an RFA upon expiry. He has 4 goals and 11 points in 33 NHL games and 3 goals and 6 points in 6 AHL games this season.

The pipeline

Jakob Pelletier (22, left shot) is under contract through this season, with an $863,333 cap hit. He’ll be an RFA upon expiry. He has 2 goals and 3 points in 4 AHL games this season.
Adam Klapka (23; right shot) is under contract through this season, with an $832,500 cap hit. He’ll be an RFA upon expiry. He has 0 points in 4 NHL games and 11 goals and 24 points in 36 AHL games this season.
Matt Coronato (21; right shot) is under contract through 2024-25, with a $925,000 cap hit. He’ll be an RFA upon expiry. He has 1 goal and 3 points in 15 NHL games and 12 goals and 32 points in 30 AHL games this season.
Samuel Honzek (19; left shot) is with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League, and he’s under contract through 2026-27, with a $950,000 cap hit. He’ll be an RFA upon expiry. He has 7 goals and 19 points in 16 WHL games this season.
Dryden Hunt (28; left shot) is under contract through 2024-25, with a $775,000 cap hit. He’ll be a UFA upon expiry. He has 0 points in 4 NHL games and 7 goals and 20 points in 21 AHL games this season.
Emilio Pettersen (23; left shot) is under contract through this season, with a $775,000 cap hit. He’ll be an RFA upon expiry. He has 7 goals and 27 points in 42 AHL games this season.
Rory Kerins (21, left shot) is under contract through 2024-25, with an $846,667 cap hit. He’ll be an RFA upon expiry. He has 11 goals and 24 points in 33 AHL games this season.
William Strömgren (20, left shot) is under contract through 2025-26, with a $900,833 cap hit. He’ll be an RFA upon expiry. He has 1 goal and 9 points in 39 AHL games this season.
Lucas Ciona (21, left shot) is under contract through 2025-26, with an $830,000 cap hit. He’ll be an RFA upon expiry. He has 2 goals and 3 points in 36 AHL games this season.
Ilya Nikolaev (22; left shot) is under contract through 2024-25, with an $836,667 cap hit. He’ll be an RFA upon expiry. He has 2 goals and 5 points in 20 AHL games this season.
Parker Bell (20, left shot) is with the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, and he’s under contract through 2025-26, with an $857,500 cap hit. He’ll be an RFA upon expiry. He has 21 goals and 39 points in 40 AHL games this season.
Aydar Suniev (19; left shot) is in his freshman season with the University of Massachusetts. The Flames hold his rights through August 15, 2027 (unless he leaves college earlier). He has 8 goals and 17 points in 23 NCAA games this season.

The rundown

If you’re counting along, there don’t seem to be a lot of NHL-level job openings right now. Think about it: even if Duehr, Dube and Greer aren’t in the NHL team’s plans going forward, the emergence of Zary and Pospisil means the Flames have roughly seven NHL wingers for eight jobs. That means that if they want to integrate new faces soon, they need to continue to turn over existing NHL players to create room for them.
Beyond the NHL level, there’s a lot of winger depth at the AHL level. Pelletier, Coronato, Klapka, Hunt and Pettersen all seem like reliable enough players that they can offer something useful – and different from each other – at the highest level. And Honzek is probably a year of AHL polishing away, but the team probably doesn’t want to block his progress.
The Flames will obviously keep trying to back-fill their winger depth with more picks and signings in the near future, but they have a pretty good mix of players and skill-sets on the wings right now.

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