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Diving into the Calgary Flames’ current goaltending depth chart

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Ryan Pike
4 months 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.
First up, an organization strength area: goaltending.

Established NHLers

Jacob Markstrom (34) is under contract through 2025-26, with a $6 million cap hit and a full no-move clause. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent upon expiry. He was voted to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team in 2021-22. He’s 14-13-2 with 2 shutouts, a 2.60 goals against average and .912 save percentage in 29 NHL games this season.
Dan Vladar (26) is under contract through 2024-25, with a $2.2 million cap hit. He’ll also be a UFA upon expiry. He’s 7-7-2 with a 3.27 goals against average and .888 save percentage in 16 NHL games this season.

The pipeline

Dustin Wolf (22) is under contract through this season, with an $813,333 cap hit. He’ll become a restricted free agent upon expiry. He was named the WHL’s goaltender of the year in 2019-20 and 2020-21, the AHL’s goaltender of the year in 2021-22 and 2022-23, and the AHL’s most valuable player in 2022-23. He’s 1-2-1 with a 3.46 goals against average and .893 save percentage in 5 NHL games, and 17-7-1 with 4 shutouts, a 2.30 goals against average and .928 save percentage in 25 AHL games.
Oscar Dansk (29) is under contract through this season, with a $775,000 cap hit. He’ll become a UFA upon expiry. He’s 6-5-2 with a 2.94 goals against average and .910 save percentage in 14 AHL games.
Arsenii Sergeev (21) is in his sophomore year at the University of Connecticut. He was named the USHL goaltender of the year in 2021-22. The Flames hold his rights until the Aug. 15 following his departure from college. He’s 5-4-0 with 1 shutout, a 2.19 goals against average and .928 save percentage in 9 NCAA games.
Daniil Chechelev (22) is with Ryazan-VDV in Russia’s Vysshaya Hokkeinaya Liga (VHL; “Supreme Hockey League”), their minor pro league below the KHL. Because of a lack of a IIHF transfer agreement with Russia, the Flames hold his rights in perpetuity. He’s under contract with Ryazan for this season. He’s 1-1-0 with 1 shutout, a 1.52 goals against average and .958 save percentage.
Yegor Yegorov (18) is with MHK Dynamo Moskva in Russia’s Molodyozhnaya Hokkeinaya Liga (MHL; “Major Hockey League”), their top major junior league. Because of a lack of a IIHF transfer agreement with Russia, the Flames hold his rights in perpetuity. He’s under contract with Dynamo through the 2024-25 season. He’s 10-4-3 with 2 shutouts, a 1.94 goals against average and .932 save percentage.

The rundown

Markstrom and Vladar are a pretty effective NHL-level tandem. Beyond them, Wolf is likely the best third netminder in any system in the NHL.
Beyond the top three, there are some interesting players with potential. Sergeev has had an up and down sophomore season, but he’s been on a hot streak since 2024 began and he’s been excellent lately as a result. Yegorov is a question mark only because of the Russia of it all; he’s performed extremely well in the MHL and he should start getting spot appearances in Dynamo’s pro system at some point.
If the Flames move out an NHL-level goalie and move Wolf up, they could either be an alluring destination for a European or college free agent goalie… or they could look at whether Sergeev is ready to go pro or not. (We’d lean “no” so he could get another year in college under his belt, but it depends on how he closes out his sophomore year.)
Long story short: the Flames have a few strong established goalies in their system, and a few prospects with a lot of potential. They’re in as good a shape as they can be with hockey’s most unpredictable position.

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