Friends, the Calgary Flames have announced their opening 22 player roster, and they begin their season on Thursday night against the Colorado Avalanche. The team has changed quite a bit over the past off-season, so here’s a quick snapshot of just who everybody is on the opening roster.

#3 – Connor Mackey (LD)

26 years old; from Tower Lakes, Illinois
$912,500 AAV; will be Group 6 unrestricted free agent following this season (unless he plays 71 NHL games, then he’ll be a restricted free agent)
Signed as free agent
Played junior hockey with the Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) and college hockey with the Minnesota State University Mavericks (NCAA)
9 career NHL games, all with the Flames

#4 – Rasmus Andersson (RD)

25 years old (turns 26 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)
298 career NHL games, all with the Flames
Produced 14.3 goals above replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)
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#8 – Chris Tanev (RD)

32 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
652 career NHL games, with Vancouver and the Flames
Won World Championship with Canada in 2016
Produced 16.2 goals above replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)

#10 – Jonathan Huberdeau (LW)

29 years old; from St-Jérôme, Quebec
$5.9 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following 2031-31 season
Florida’s first round pick (3rd overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
Acquired in a trade with Florida
671 career NHL games, all with Florida
Won Memorial Cup with Saint John in 2011
Won QMJHL Championship with Saint John in 2011 and 2012
Produced 14.8 goals above replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)

#11 – Mikael Backlund (C)

33 years old; from Västerås, Sweden
$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)
826 career NHL games, all with the Flames
Won WHL Championship with Kelowna in 2009
Won World Championship with Sweden in 2018
Produced 6.9 goals above replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)
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#16 – Nikita Zadorov (LD)

27 years old; from Moscow, Russia
$3.75 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following 2023-24 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
485 career NHL games, with Buffalo, Colorado, Chicago and the Flames
Won OHL Championship with London in 2013
Produced 2.5 goals below replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)

#17 – Milan Lucic (LW)

34 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 this 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
1,096 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
Produced 3.7 goals below replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)
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#20 – Blake Coleman (LW)

30 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 the Tri-City Storm and Indiana Ice (USHL) and college hockey with Miami University RedHawks (NCAA)
Signed as a free agent
382 career NHL games, with New Jersey, Tampa Bay and the Flames
Won Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay in 2020 & 2021
Produced 2.4 goals above replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)

#21 – Kevin Rooney (C)

29 years old; from Canton, Massachusetts
$1.3 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following the 2023-24 season
Played college hockey with the Providence College Friars (NCAA)
Signed as a free agent
210 career NHL games, with Los Angeles and Winnipeg
Won NCAA Championship with Providence College in 2015
Produced 1.1 goals below replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)
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#22 – Trevor Lewis (RW)

35 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 the Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) and Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
Signed as a free agent
810 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
Produced 0.6 goals below replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)

#24 – Brett Ritchie (RW)

29 years old; from Orangeville, Ontario
$750,000 AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following this season
Dallas’ second round pick (44th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Sarnia Sting and Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
Signed as a free agent
341 career NHL games, with Dallas, Boston and the Flames
Won AHL Championship with Texas in 2014
Produced 0.3 goals above replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)
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#25 – Jacob Markström (G)

32 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
378 career NHL games, with Florida, Vancouver and the Flames
Won World Championship with Sweden in 2013
Produced 29.1 goals above replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)

#28 – Elias Lindholm (C)

27 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
663 career NHL games, with Carolina and the Flames
Won World Championship with Sweden in 2017
Produced 22.1 goals above replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)

#29 – Dillon Dube (LW)

24 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)
200 career NHL games, all with the Flames
Won WHL Championship with Kelowna in 2015
Won World Junior gold medal with Canada in 2018
Produced 5.9 goals above replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)
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#52 – MacKenzie Weegar (RD)

28 years old; from Nepean, Ontario
$3.25 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following 2030-31 season
Florida’s seventh round pick (206th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Acquired in a trade with Florida
306 career NHL games, all with Florida
Won QMJHL Championship with Halifax in 2013
Produced 9.7 goals above replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)

#53 – Nicolas Meloche (RD)

25 years old; from LaSalle, Quebec
$950,000 AAV; will be Group 6 unrestricted free agent following this season (unless he plays 23 NHL games, then he’ll be a restricted free agent)
Colorado’s second round pick (40th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, Gatineau Olympiques and Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)
Signed as a free agent
57 career NHL games, all with San Jose
Won ECHL Championship with Colorado in 2018
Produced 1.6 goals below replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)
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#55 – Noah Hanifin (LD)

25 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
517 career NHL games, with Carolina and the Flames
Produced 14.9 goals above replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)

#58 – Oliver Kylington (LD) [Injured/Non-Roster]

25 years old; from Stockholm, Sweden
$2.5 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following 2023-24 season
Calgary’s second round pick (60th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with Södertälje SK and Färjestad BK (J20 SuperElit)
168 career NHL games, all with the Flames
Produced 17.2 goals above replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)

#63 – Adam Ruzicka (C)

23 years old; from Bratislava, Slovakia
$762,500 AAV; will be restricted free agent following the 2023-24 season
Calgary’s fourth round pick (109th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with HC Pardubice (Czechia) and the Sarnia Sting and Sudbury Wolves (OHL, as an import)
31 career NHL games, all with the Flames
Produced 2.5 goals above replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)
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#73 – Tyler Toffoli (RW)

30 years old; from Scarborough, Ontario
$4.25 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following the 2023-24 season
Los Angeles’ second round pick (47th overall) in the 2010 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
Acquired in a trade with Montreal
651 career NHL games, with Los Angeles, Vancouver, Montreal and the Flames
Won Stanley Cup with Los Angeles in 2014
Won World Championship with Canada in 2015
Produced 0.6 goals above replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)

#80 – Daniel Vladar (G)

25 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
28 career NHL games, with Boston and the Flames
Produced 7.1 goals above replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)

#88 – Andrew Mangiapane (LW)

26 years old; from Bolton, Ontario
$5.8 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following the 2024-25 season
Calgary’s sixth round pick (166th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Barrie Colts (OHL)
260 career NHL games, all with the Flames
Won World Championship with Canada in 2021
Produced 14.7 goals above replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)
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#91 – Nazem Kadri (C)

32 years old; from London, Ontario
$7 million AAV; will be unrestricted free agent following the 2028-29 season
Toronto’s first round pick (7th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft
Played junior hockey with the Kitchener Rangers and London Knights (OHL)
Signed as a free agent
739 career NHL Games, with Toronto and Colorado
Won OHL Championship with Kitchener in 2008
Won Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2022
Produced 21.7 goals above replacement in 2021-22 (via Evolving Hockey)

Coaching staff and management

The head coach is Darryl Sutter (64; Viking, Alberta), who won Stanley Cups with Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014. He’s entering his third season as Flames head coach in this current stint (and seventh with the Flames as coach overall). He won the Jack Adams Award as the league’s top coach last season.
The assistant coaches are Kirk Muller (56; Kingston, Ontario), Ryan Huska (47; Cranbrook, B.C.), Cail MacLean (46; Middleton, Nova Scotia), Jason LaBarbera (42; Burnaby, B.C.) and Jamie Pringle (47; Picton, Ontario). Broadly-speaking, Muller runs forwards and the power play, Huska runs defence and the penalty kill, MacLean is the “eye-in-the-sky” and advises on in-game adjustments, LaBarbera is the goalie coach, and Pringle is the video coach.
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The general manager is Brad Treliving (53; Penticton, B.C.), who’s entering his ninth season as Flames GM. His assistants are Brad Pascall (52; Coquitlam, B.C.), Craig Conroy (51; Potsdam, New York) and Chris Snow (41; Melrose, Mass.)