Calgary Flames Projected 2017-18 Roster

The Flames 2017-18 roster is coming into focus. Here's a rundown of recent transactions by general manager Brad Treliving:
  • June 17 - Traded for G Mike Smith to be the team's starter
  • June 23 - Drafted D Juuso Valimaki 16th overall in NHL draft
  • June 24 - Traded for D Travis Hamonic to round out the top four
  • June 27 - Signed highly-touted college free agent RW Spencer Foo
  • June 29 - Re-signed veteran RW Kris Versteeg
  • June 29 - Traded for G Eddie Lack to be the back-up
  • June 30 - Re-signed D Michael Stone
  • July 1 - Signed C/LW Marek Hrivik to a two-way deal
  • July 2 - Signed LW Luke Gazdic to a two-way deal
  • July 13 - Re-signed LW/RW Micheal Ferland
  • July 14 - Re-signed C/RW Curtis Lazar
  • July 20 - Re-signed RW Garnet Hathaway
  • August 28 - Re-signed D Brett Kulak
  • September 5 - Re-signed D Tyler Wotherspoon
  • September 6 - Re-signed C Sam Bennett

With these recent additions and signings in mind, I've built a roster that if everyone is healthy, should resemble the group of 23 players that will open the year with Calgary when the Flames visit Edmonton on Oct. 4 to kick off the regular season.

This is my best guess as of September 6, now that Sam Bennett has signed, as to who will be on the big club and who is more likely to start the season in the minors. These projections are subject to change as we get going with rookie camp coming up soon and main camp after that. Also, don't get too hung up on the actual line combinations listed.

How Much Loot Can Treliving Spend?

That's a loaded question.

First, you'll see a figure below ($3 million) of the approximate cap space now that all of Calgary's free agents have been signed. But understand that this is with a full 23-man roster as I've constructed it. If you subtract a player (i.e. demote him to the minors) to open up a roster spot for someone else, that player's listed NHL salary would no longer count so you have that much more money to spend if there is a free agent that interests you such as Jaromir Jagr.
For example, removing Mark Jankowski increases the available cap space to spend on a replacement forward by $925,000. Thus, the available cap space for Treliving to spend on a free agent would grow from $3.0 million to around $3.9 million based on my projected roster/payroll.

There are a couple other variables to also consider:

1. There could be individual bonuses owed this season. Matthew Tkachuk is a prime example. He could earn as much as $850,000 in performance bonuses, which would add onto his $925,000 AAV. Calgary may want to adjust their internal cap to allow a cushion for that. Otherwise, any overage has to come off their 2018-19 salary cap.

2. While I've been working off a 23-man roster, I get the impression that if the team is healthy, coach Glen Gulutzan prefers to carry just two extras rather than three. That ultimately would save cap space and create another $600,000-plus to spend, depending on who you subtract.

So it's not quite as simple as I've portrayed it below but for my purposes, this is close enough and does the trick of providing a sense of where the team is at overall.


NHL Salary Cap in 2017-18
$75.0 million

Flames Projected Payroll 
$72.0 million
(23 players - 14 forwards, 7 defencemen, 2 goaltenders)

Projected Available Cap Space
$3.0 million 


Breakdown by Position


$38.2 million
(14 spots taken, 0 spots to fill)

Starting 12

Gaudreau (L) $6.75M - Monahan (L) $6.38M - Ferland (L) $1.75M
Tkachuk* (L) $925K - Backlund (L) $3.58M - Frolik (L) $4.3M
Versteeg (R) $1.75M - Bennett (L) $1.95M - Brouwer (R) $4.5M
Stajan (L) $3.13M - Jankowski* (L) $925K - Lazar (R) $950K


RW Hathaway (R) $650K
C/RW Hamilton (R) $612K

Other Candidates
 (not factored into the payroll)

LW Glass (L) PTO
LW Cramarossa (L) PTO
LW Gazdic (L) $650K
C/LW Hrivik (L) $650K
RW Poirier (L) $863K
RW Foo* (R) $925K
LW Shinkaruk (L) $863K

* Waiver exempt

$25.8 million
(7 spots taken, 0 spots to fill)

Starting Six

Giordano (L) $6.75M - Hamilton (R) $5.75M
Brodie (L) $4.65M - Hamonic (R) $3.86M
Kulak (L) $650K - Stone (R) $3.5M


Bartkowski (L) $612K

Other Candidates
 (not factored into the payroll)

Andersson* (R) $756K
Wotherspoon (L) $650K
Kylington* (L) $863K

* Waiver exempt

$5.6 million
(2 spots taken, 0 spots to fill)


Smith $4.25M
Lack $1.38M


Other Expenses
$2.4 million

Buyout Costs
$1.8 million
(Raymond $1.05M, Bouma $667K, Murphy $100K)

2016-17 Bonus Overage



    1. Looks great I can't wait until October 4

    2. Gives us about 3-3.5 million if we want to sign Jagr/Parenteau/Iggy for offensive depth. Or else use that space for a big name forward at the deadline and/or to cushion bonus overages for next year. Even with the Brouwer deal (and Stone deal to a lesser extent, but that's my seemingly controversial opinion), BT has done a wonderful job of navigating us out of cap hell and positioned us really well for the future. His attention to detail in terms of our future cap plans is outstanding.

      Outside of depth UFA signings, BT has been fantastic at every other aspect of his job.

      1. I think they're looking at a couple options but whether one of them comes together or not, we'll see. I don't think they feel compelled to bring in another player just because they have the money to do so. As you mentioned, there are other ways where that cushion could come in handy and if they don't spend to the cap this year, I don't think the owners would complain one bit.

    3. Will Stajan in Stockton be an option?

      1. I highly doubt that's how his final season goes for Matt Stajan. I don't expect him to play all 82 games and I suspect he'll play some wing and open up playing time at centre but he's so respected, and with the young group at centre, he's an ideal mentor. I just don't envision him being kicked to the curb in Stockton in his final season, I believe Gulutzan values him too much for that.

      2. Darren I think your characterizing a relocation to Stockton as being kicked to the curb is; perhaps offensive is overstating it, but certainly a mischaracterisation. Stajan loves the game, and based on his own comments, mentoring is no mere aspect, but rather a key component contributing to that enjoyment. In Calgary his contributions both on the ice, and in the room are waning. Yes Stockton for some is an exit from the show, but I think in a more positive light it is an opportunity to play a larger role.

        I see the farm club as an intricate, relevant essential part of the organization as a whole. Being asked to continue providing leadership, and helping to moulding the future of the Flames should only be seen as an offer made out of respect for the talents one is still able to bring to the organisation. Brian McGrattan for example has recently had a tremendous impact on the future of one player. I am sure that extends to the Flames organisation, perhaps the league, and beyond.

        There is life, and accomplishments after hockey.

      3. Stockton as a place is well known to be a hell hole of a town. I think Stajan has earned the main roster spot for one more year, he is far more capable than the likes of David Jones and Dennis Wideman in their twilight years and has been an incredible ambassador for the club. If he really does struggle this season I would prefer to see him bought out rather than sent down, if that option remains open but I believe he is smart enough to know his role and will be an important depth piece for the team this year.

    4. Thanks Darren! Solid article. I hadn't considered the bonuses aspect of Tkachuk's contract.

      1. Thanks. Now we'll see if they are content to just have some money left over in their wallet or if it burns a hole in their pocket and they feel compelled to spend it!

    5. Technically still room to sign Jagr because it would likely move Janko and his salary to Stockton to start the season. I'm really interested to see how this plays out. Hopefully Bennett and Wotherspoon deals right around the corner.

      1. For sure. Make it 22 players instead of 23 and you have another $600,000-plus to work with.

    6. Jagr can play in Europe or retire! Janko and his development are way more important. I, personally, would like to see the third line consist of Bennett(LW), Jankowski(C), and Lazar(RW) and the fourth line go Brouwer/Versteeg on RW/LW centred by Stajan. (Most likely Versteeg on the left side). Go Flames Go!!������

      1. Bennett and Jankowski together is an interesting combination to ponder. Not something imminent as the club is committed to both at centre but eventually, one could get flipped to the wing -- probably Bennett. Good thought.

    7. I'm really surprised to see so many fans calling for Jagr. I see a guy with great hands and vision but when the puck is heading towards his own net he is disinterested. The game is so fast now, we need to develop our kids not bring in a guy for Jersey sales.

      1. At the right price on a one-year deal, I might try it as I think he could still provide some value as a triggerman on PP1 and in the top nine somewhere. But I see your point and I'm fairly certain they'll do what you're suggesting and at least give the kids a chance. If they're still worried as main camp progresses, then maybe they re-think that.

    8. Save the money for the TDL (or earlier). If the Flames are in it to win it nearing the TDL a trade for even an insurance body (last year of contract player looking for a SC win!)at that time would be helpful...

      1. Indeed, having money is never a bad thing and it does open up some options.