Calgary Flames Player News: All Positions

News: Backlund (undisclosed) won't participate in Thursday's practice.
Impact: Backlund is likely just getting some rest after being a full participant in the first three days of training camp. The second-line center notched 16 goals and 45 points in 70 games during the regular season.
News: Robinson was absent from Tuesday's training camp session.
Impact: Robinson logged just five games for the Flames this year, tallying one goal, seven PIM and six shots while averaging 12:14 of ice time. The 28-year-old winger figures to be a long shot to play in the club's play-in series versus Winnipeg.
News: Dube (undisclosed) was unavailable for Tuesday's practice session.
Impact: It's only two days in, but the fact that Dube has yet to get onto the ice for the Flames could impact his ability to get into a playoff game. The center saw action in 45 NHL games this year, tallying six goals and 10 helpers while averaging 12:41 of ice time.
News: The Flames have deemed Ryan (undisclosed) "unable to participate" in Tuesday's practice.
Impact: The American forward notched 10 goals and 29 points in 68 games during the regular season, and he's expected to fill a bottom-six role once postseason play gets underway.
News: Valimaki (knee) was added to the Flames' training camp roster.
Impact: Valimaki spent the season on long-term injured reserve after suffering an ACL injury in August. Considering he hasn't played this year, the blueliner is unlikely to get into a playoff game. However, it sounds like he could be ready for the start of the 2020-21 campaign.
News: Lomberg (undisclosed) was not included on the Flames' initial training camp roster.
Impact: Lomberg was expected to take part in Phase 3 training camp, but it seems his injury will keep him sidelined, at least to start. Even if the winger rejoins the team at some point, he is unlikely to get into any playoff games, making him a non-factor in fantasy contests.
News: Hamonic has opted out of playing once the 2019-20 season restarts.
Impact: The NHL announced its plans to return to play Friday, but Hamonic will elect to not join the team out of family concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The defenseman battled an upper-body injury prior to the suspension of play and only picked up 12 points over 50 games this year.
News: Lomberg is expected to skate with the Flames as part of Phase 3 but he's dealing with an undisclosed injury, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Lomberg notched 11 goals and nine helpers in 21 appearances for AHL Stockton this year. The 25-year-old winger was significantly less productive in the NHL regular season, as he failed to register a point in four contests in which he averaged just 6:59 of ice time.
News: Gawdin will be one of 11 players joining the Flames for Phase 3 of the NHL's Return to Play training camps, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: With AHL Stockton this year, Gawdin led the way with 47 points (16 goals) in 53 appearances and could get a look from the coaching staff as a bottom-six option during the playoffs. In addition to Gawdin, the team also brought up forwards Buddy Robinson, Alan Quine, Austin Czarnik, Byron Froese, Matthew Phillips and Adam Ruzicka, defensemen Alexander Yelesin and Connor Mackey and netminders Jon Gillies and Artyom Zagidulin.
News: Zagidulin penned a one-year, two-way deal with Calgary on Monday.
Impact: In his first season in North America, Zagidulin went 16-7-4 with a .898 save percentage for AHL Stockton. The 24-year-old's retention could be an indication that the club will let either Cam Talbot or Jon Gillies walk in free agency, though it's youngster Dustin Wolf that the Flames faithful will be keeping an eye on as the heir apparent between the pipes.
News: According to goalie coach Jordan Sigalet, Rittich has fully recovered from the elbow injury he was dealing with prior to the NHL halting its season in mid-March, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Rittich was struggling prior to the break, suffering three straight losses while posting an ugly 4.05 GAA and .882 save percentage, so perhaps he'll perform better whenever the NHL's 24-team playoff gets underway since he'll no longer be dealing with a nagging injury. The Flames will take on the Jets in a best-of-five series if and when teams are cleared to return to play.
News: Tkachuk tallied 23 goals and 38 assists in 69 games before play was suspended in mid-March.
Impact: The 22-year-old would probably fall short of last year's fantastic 34-goal, 77-point effort if the regular season resumes, but he's still the current leading scorer in Cow Town. Tkachuk's shooting percentage predictably regressed this season from 16.4 to 12.2, but he's turning into a true point-per-game threat as he continues to grow and develop after four seasons at the NHL level.
News: Mangiapane produced 17 goals and 15 assists in 68 games prior to the suspension of play in mid-March.
Impact: The 24-year-old has taken a noticeable leap forward this season, as his 32 points would fall just shy of 40 over 82 games. Mangiapane managed 13 points in 44 contests last year, so clearly he's faring better these days on a scoring line with Flames leading scorer Matthew Tkachuk and one of either Elias Lindholm or Mikael Backlund. It's worth noting that the Toronto native has averaged just 13:42 of ice time -- including 31 seconds on the power play -- this season, so it's reasonable to suggest his offensive production will further improve with a larger assignment in the future.
News: Hanifin (head) is back to 100 percent health, according to his TSN interview with Jermain Franklin. He recorded 22 points in 70 games prior to the league going on hiatus in mid-March and did not miss a game with the issue.
Impact: Hanifin's fifth season in the NHL has produced much of the same, as he's landed between 22-33 points in 79-81 games in each campaign. The 2015 fifth-overall pick is durable and good for a point every three games or so, which is unspectacular from a fantasy standpoint. Hanifin is also good for 80-plus hits over the last few years and is approaching triple-digit blocked shots (89 in 2019-20), so he's probably best suited to deeper leagues at this point.
News: Wolf agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Calgary on Friday.
Impact: Wolf posted a 34-10-2 record and 1.88 GAA in 46 appearances for WHL Everett this season. Heading into the offseason, the Flames currently have just one netminder (David Rittich) under contract for 2020-21, yet fantasy owners should still expect the 19-year-old Wolf to play out his last season of junior eligibility before making the jump to the professional ranks.
News: Kinnvall signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Calgary on Wednesday.
Impact: Kinnvall will spend the upcoming season in Sweden with HV71 before making the jump to North America in 2021-22. This past year, the blueliner racked up 11 goals and 29 helpers in 51 outings for HV71. If he can bring his offensive touch with him across the pond, the 22-year-old could avoid spending any time in the AHL and immediately jump into a spot on the 23-man roster.
News: Pettersen inked a three-year, entry-level contract with Calgary on Monday, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports.
Impact: Pettersen racked up 19 goals and 46 helpers in 76 collegiate appearances for the University of Denver. Rather than return for his junior season, the 2018 sixth-round pick will make the jump to the professional ranks, almost certainly with AHL Stockton for the 2020-21 campaign. It will likely be a year or two until Pettersen gets the opportunity to make his NHL debut.