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Flames' Colton Poolman: Re-signs with Calgary
Poolman signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames on Friday, per CapFriendly.
The 25-year-old defenseman has yet to make his NHL debut, but he could be in contention for a roster spot during training camp. Poolman produced six points in 21 contests with AHL Stockton last season, but he's mainly a defensive option.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Andy Welinski: Signs on with Calgary
Welinski inked a one-year, $750,000 two-way deal with the Flames on Wednesday.
Welinski has appeared in 46 games over three seasons with a goal and five assists to his name. He has spent some time in the AHL as well and figures to be a player who will spend time both at the major- and minor-league levels during this upcoming year.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Adam Werner: Signs with Calgary
Werner signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames on Wednesday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Werner had a 2.55 GAA, a .908 save percentage and a 6-4-1 record in 11 games with AHL Colorado last year, although he spent the bulk of the season on the Avalanche's taxi squad. The Swede will join the Flames' goalie pipeline, and at 24 years old, it's possible he could compete with Daniel Vladar for the backup role behind Jacob Markstrom this year.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Kevin Gravel: Links up with Calgary
Gravel signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames on Wednesday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Gravel spent last year with the Oilers' farm team in Bakersfield, racking up eight points in 37 games. While that's nothing special, the defenseman apparently showcased himself enough to earn an NHL contract from the Flames. He'll likely play with AHL Stockton in 2021-22, as he last played in the NHL with the Maple Leafs for three games in 2019-20.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Nick DeSimone: Heads north of border
DeSimone signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames on Wednesday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
DeSimone lands with his fourth organization in the last three-and-a-half months, so he'll be hoping to stay awhile. The defenseman had 11 points in 22 games between AHL teams in San Jose and Rochester last season. He was most recently traded from the Golden Knights to the Rangers as part of the Brett Howden deal ahead of the Kraken expansion draft. DeSimone will likely begin 2021-22 with AHL Stockton while he awaits a potential NHL debut.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Trevor Lewis: Inks one-year deal with Calgary
Lewis signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Flames on Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Lewis appeared in all 56 games with the Jets last season, picking up five goals, five helpers and 71 hits while averaging 9:52 of ice time. The 34-year-old vet will likely center the fourth line and kill penalties for Calgary in 2021-22.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Daniel Vladar: Dished to Calgary
The Bruins traded Vladar to Calgary on Wednesday for a 2022 third-round pick.
Vladar appeared in five games for the Bruins last season but his last start ended with him surrendering eight goals to the Capitals. He performed much better at AHL Providence last year, compiling a 2.19 GAA and a .923 save percentage and has found a more secure home in Calgary where he should have a decent chance to land the backup gig behind Jacob Markstrom.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Blake Coleman: Signs six-year deal with Calgary
Coleman signed a six-year, $29.4 million contract with the Flames on Wednesday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Coleman has been a rock-solid middle-six option for the Devils and the Lightning over the past three seasons, totaling 57 goals, 42 helpers, 535 shots on net and a whopping 525 hits while averaging 16:29 of ice time per contest through 199 appearances. The 29-year-old forward won't see much power-play time with Calgary, but he'll likely skate on the Flames' second line, and he's capable of threatening the 20-goal and 45-point marks over the course of a full season while dishing out plenty of hits.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Nikita Zadorov: Traded to Calgary
Zadorov was traded by the Blackhawks to the Flames in exchange for a 2022 third-round pick Wednesday.
Zadorov will provide Calgary with plenty of physicality -- he racked up 190 hits last season -- but he doesn't have much offensive ability, having tallied just eight points in 55 games last campaign. The 26-year-old blueliner will likely slot into a bottom-four role with the Flames in 2021-22.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Cameron Whynot: Drafted 89th at 2021 NHL Draft
Whynot was drafted 89th overall by the Flames at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
A safe selection with a high floor and limited ceiling, Whynot has established himself as a steady defensive option for QMJHL Halifax. The Nova Scotia native reads plays well and works hard in his own zone. Whynot's skating is fine, while his offensive abilities are somewhere between average and below average, depending on your viewpoint. He's not going to pile up the points as a professional. It's not out of the realm of possibility that Whynot develops into an NHL regular for Calgary at some point down the road, but it's likely to come in a third-pairing role.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Cole Huckins: Selected 77th overall at '21 Draft
Huckins was drafted 77th overall by the Flames at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
Huckins has an attractive size/skill combination, as well as versatility. He checks in at 6-foot-3 and has displayed the ability to play both center and wing throughout his QMJHL career. Huckins moves fine for his size and is very good at pressuring opposing defenders in the offensive zone. The hope for Calgary is that Huckins develops enough offensively over the next few seasons to eventually fill a middle-six role.... See More ... See Less
Flames' William Stromgren: Stolen by Calgary in Round 2
Stromgren was drafted 45th overall by the Flames at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
One of the biggest risers in the entire draft over the past many months, the attraction surrounding Stromgren is the size/skill combination -- 6-foot-3 wingers with speed and physicality are exceedingly difficult to find. Stromgren played for four different teams this season, in addition to suiting up for his native Sweden at the World U18's. He's more of a sniper than playmaker, although Stromgren is adept at finding his teammates and making creative plays in the offensive zone. There is a boatload of potential here and it wouldn't have been the least bit surprising had Stromgren been selected in the final stages of Round 1. Nice job by the Flames.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Matthew Coronato: Scorer goes 13th at 2021 NHL Draft
Coronato was drafted 13th overall by the Flames at the 2021 NHL Draft on Friday.
Coronato is a pint-sized natural scorer with a never-quit motor and elite hockey sense -- his skills, smarts and drive make him a guaranteed pro. He'll do it 5-on-5 and on the power play, after he spends some time at Harvard. Yes, the hockey IQ is very, very real. We really like Coronato's package and the fact he can play both wings. His ultimate upside could be a bit like Jake Guentzel if he's paired with the right star. Dynasty managers should stash him as a top-10 fantasy forward from this year's class. Other managers should file his name away and be ready to pounce on a 30-35 goal type in a few years. Yep, Coronato could be that good.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Tyler Pitlick: Traded to Calgary
Pitlick (lower body) was traded by the Kraken to the Flames in exchange for a 2022 fourth-round pick Thursday.
Pitlick drew into 38 games with the Coyotes last season, notching 11 points, 56 shots and 81 hits while averaging 16:22 of ice time per contest. The 29-year-old American likely won't see nearly as much ice time with the Flames in 2021-22, so it'd be surprising to see him surpass the 25-point threshold.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Mark Giordano: Available to Seattle
Giordano was left off the Flames' protected player list ahead of Wednesday's Expansion Draft.
The Flames' captain has one year remaining on his current deal with a cap hit of $6.75 million, and though he managed 26 points in 56 games last year, he's in the twilight of his career at age 37. That said, the Kraken could do worse than to take the blueliner on for his veteran savvy and steadying presence on the back end for at least one year -- if they're able to fit his salary into their roster, of course.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Brett Ritchie: Snags one-year contract
Ritchie signed a one-year, $900,000 deal with the Flames on Thursday.
Ritchie hasn't gotten close to replicating his 2016-17 numbers when he garnered 16 goals and 24 points in 78 games with the Stars. Since then, the 28-year-old winger has cracked the 10-point threshold just once, including managing a mere eight points in 32 games this year. The Ontario native shouldn't be expected to offer much fantasy value this year and figures to serve primarily in a bottom-six role.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Alexander Yelesin: Signing in KHL
Yelesin signed a contract with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL on Thursday, Ryan Pike of Flames Nation reports.
Yelesin is a pending restricted free agent, so the Flames could retain his rights by extending a qualifying offer. That may not be likely, as he played in only four NHL games in 2019-20. He was limited to AHL action in 2020-21, notching seven points in 28 contests with Stockton. At 25 years old, a solid performance in Russia could get Yelesin back on an NHL team's radar, but that is probably a long shot.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Chris Tanev: Played through injury
Tanev played through multiple injuries at the tail end of the season, including broken ribs and a torn pectoral muscle, per Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun.
Talk about a warrior -- Tanev suited up in all 56 games for the Flames this year, posting a modest 12 points. Also, his 21:44 of average ice time was just one second off his career high back in 2015-16. Tanev should have plenty of time to heal ahead of the 2021-22 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Flames' Dillon Dube: Diagnosed with concussion
Dube suffered a concussion during Wednesday's season finale versus Vancouver, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Dube should be ready to rock once next season's training camp rolls around, but he won't participate in the upcoming IIHF World Championship. The 22-year-old forward picked up 11 goals and 22 points while averaging 13:38 of ice time per contest through 51 appearances this year.... See More ... See Less
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