Calgary Flames Player News: All Positions

News: The Oilers traded Lucic (lower body) and a conditional third-round pick in 2020 to the Flames in exchange for James Neal on Friday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Lucic's time in Edmonton was less than stellar, as the 31-year-old only managed to pot 39 goals in his three years with the Oilers after racking up 139 goals in eight seasons with Boston. At $6 million AAV, the team was clearly expecting more out of the winger and will be happy to move on from the next four years of his contract. A change of scenery might benefit Lucic, though he may not be able to break into the top six with his new club.
News: Valiev put pen to paper on a one-year, two-way deal with Calgary on Tuesday.
Impact: Valiev hasn't seen action in the NHL since 2017-18, spending all of the previous campaign in the minors with the Heat. In 57 contests, the 24-year-old notched four goals and 17 helpers. The blueliner will be hard-pressed to secure a spot on the 23-man roster for Opening Night versus Colorado on Oct. 3.
News: Lomberg signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames on Tuesday.
Impact: Lomberg filed for salary arbitration earlier this month, but he and the Flames were able to come to terms on a deal both sides deemed fair prior to his hearing. The 24-year-old forward spent the majority of the 2018-19 campaign in the minors, notching 12 goals and 29 points in 58 games. The University of Maine product will likely once again stick with AHL Stockton for most of the 2019-20 season, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on him.
News: McKenna agreed to a two-way contract with Calgary on Wednesday, Eric Francis of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: McKenna put together a strong showing in a prospects camp after going undrafted, and he's earned himself a shot with Calgary. He figures to spend the majority of the 2019-2020 campaign at AHL Stockton.
News: Valiev filed for salary arbitration Friday.
Impact: Valiev spent the entire 2018-19 season with AHL Stockton, logging four goals, 17 assists and 51 PIM over 57 games. The 24-year-old could still have a shot at seeing a depth role on Calgary's blue line if both sides are able to negotiate a new deal at or before the arbitration hearings.
News: Rittich (knee) filed for salary arbitration Friday.
Impact: Rittich appeared in 45 games for Calgary last season, managing a 27-9-5 record while boasting a 2.61 GAA and .911 save percentage. The 26-year-old dealt with knee issues when the calendar turned to 2019, but his production from last season would likely speak for itself in negotiations, which will likely be over before the arbitration hearings.
News: Lomberg filed for salary arbitration Friday.
Impact: Lomberg was originally offered $650,000 for the upcoming season. The 24-year-old spent most of last season in the minors with AHL Stockton, where he recorded 12 goals and 17 assists over 58 games.
News: Bennett filed for salary arbitration Friday.
Impact: Bennett recorded 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists) over 71 games last season. The 23-year-old has played in at least 70 games in each of the last four seasons -- including 81- and 82-game seasons in 2016-17 and 2017-18, respectively -- and has seen significant time on the power play unit. It's highly likely that both parties will agree on a new salary before the arbitration hearings.
News: Kirkland inked a one-year, two-way contract with Calgary on Tuesday.
Impact: Kirkland put up decent numbers with AHL Milwaukee last season, nine goals and 21 assists in 75 games, but it wasn't enough for the Predators to give him a qualifying offer. The winger figures to spend another year developing in the minors, but could earn a call-up or two during the season.
News: Froese inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames on Monday.
Impact: Froese was unable to break into an NHL lineup last year, instead spending the entire 2018-19 campaign with AHL Laval and Lehigh Valley. The center put up decent numbers in the minors, as he notched 21 goals and 23 assists in 70 appearances. The 28-year-old could earn his way into a roster spot during training camp, but it certainly isn't a lock and figures to play at least some games with the Heat this season.
News: Talbot signed a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Flames on Monday, AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno reports.
Impact: Talbot is familiar with playing in Western Canada, having plied his trade in Edmonton for most of the past four seasons before a four-game stint in Philadelphia following a trade. He had 42 wins and a 2.39 GAA for the Oilers in 2016-17, but Talbot hasn't been able to rediscover that form since. He'll battle David Rittich for the starting job in Calgary.
News: Smith is expected to sign with the Oilers when free agency begins, Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Smith struggled for most of the 2018-19 season with Calgary, posting an .898 save percentage and 2.73 GAA. The 37-year-old would likely be in a backup role behind Mikko Koskinen if he joins Edmonton, though he could split time as he did with David Rittich last season.
News: Rychel didn't receive a qualifying offer from Calgary, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Impact: Rychel suited up in just two NHL games this past campaign, so this news isn't quite surprising. He has, however, racked up 14 points at the NHL level in his career, so he could be a candidate to give you solid production at the AHL level, and receive a call to the big club if warranted for next season.
News: Pollock didn't earn a qualifying offer from the Flames, making him a free agent.
Impact: Pollock spent last season exclusively in the AHL, playing 53 games and collecting 12 points in the process. The Canadian is only 23 years old, and could warrant a deal elsewhere should he get the opportunity.
News: McDonald wasn't issued a qualifying offer from the Flames before Tuesday's 5pm ET deadline.
Impact: This news doesn't come as a surprise, considering the 23-year-old has played exclusively in the ECHL the past two season. McDonald will be a free agent come July 1, but it's highly unlikely he gets a shot at the NHL level at some point in his career.
News: Lazar wasn't issued a qualifying offer from the Flames, making him a free agent July 1.
Impact: Lazar played just one game with the big club last season, so his failure to receive an offer sheet shouldn't come as a surprise. Before this season, however, the 24-year-old racked up 51 points in 245 games split between the Flames and Ottawa. He is still in contact with Flames representatives about a long-term deal, so his days in Calgary aren't quite over yet.
News: Healey wasn't given a qualifying offer from the Flames, making him a free agent.
Impact: Healey inked an entry-level deal after playing collegiate hockey at Ohio State, but failed to suit up in game action at the NHL level the past two seasons. The bruising blueliner could help a team, especially at the AHL level, but won't be heard from in a fantasy-sense next season by any means.
News: Valiev earned a qualifying offer from the Flames on Tuesday.
Impact: Valiev failed to earn a call-up during the season, instead spending the entire campaign with the Heat where he racked up four goals, 17 helpers and 51 PIM in 57 outings. His offer sheet received is evidence that the club still values what he can bring to both the NHL and AHL level.
News: Tkachuk was awarded a qualifying offer from the Flames on Tuesday.
Impact: The qualifying offer was likely a formality for the Flames, as the two sides try to work out a long-term deal for the sixth-overall pick in 2016. The 21-year-old had a breakout year with 77 points in 80 appearances in the regular season in the final year of his entry-level deal. It is possible the American winger's cap hit could exceed the $6.75 million that left wing Johnny Gaudreau currently earns. His contract extension will likely be at the top of the list for offseason priorities for the Flames.
News: Rittich (knee) received a qualifying offer from the Flames on Tuesday.
Impact: Rittich was an aberation for the Flames in net last season, going 27-9-5 along with a 2.42 GAA and .924 save percentage in 45 games. He dealt with a knee injury since the calendar turned to 2019, but should be fine heading into next campaign. With a solid season from the 26-year-old, he'll likely want to structure a long-term deal with the team rather than playing on his qualifying offer.
News: Quine was issued a qualifying offer from Calgary on Tuesday.
Impact: Quine's playing time was inconsistent last season, suiting up in just 13 games and collecting five points in that span. The winger will receive a two-way offer worth $735,000 at both the NHL and AHL level for next season.
News: Mangiapane was given a qualifying offer from the Flames on Tuesday.
Impact: Mangiapane came into his own in 2018-19, collecting 13 points in 44 games at the NHL level. He was also able to tally his first career postseason goal against the Avalanche in Game 1 of their first-round series. He'll likely push for one of the final spots on the NHL roster for next season, and could be a candidate for a longer-term deal should he continue to perform.
News: Lomberg was given a qualifying offer from the Flames on Tuesday.
Impact: Lomberg made more of an impact at the NHL level this season on the defensive-side of the puck, dishing out 12 hits and 17 PIMS in four games, highlighted by a 17 PIM game against Minnesota. The 24-year-old is set to earn a contract of $650,000 next season at the NHL and AHL level, with the latter more relevant for Lomberg.
News: Bennett received a qualifying offer from the Flames on Tuesday.
Impact: This news isn't surprising, considering the Flames wouldn't want Bennett to hit the open market without receiving compensation in return. The 23-year-old produced 27 points in 71 games during his fourth full season at the NHL level, and seems to be entering his prime. He's arbitration-eligible this summer, so he'll likely be due a raise after earning just $1.95 million this campaign.
News: Nikolayev was drafted 88th overall by the Flames at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: A good comparison for Nikolayev is St. Louis forward Ivan Barbashev. Like Ivan, Ilya can play up and down a lineup. Barbashev has settled in to a bottom-six role for the Blues, but he can complement more offensive players when necessary and Nikolayev displays that trait as well. Nikolayev is the solid, all-around center that all winning teams need. The 17-year-old had a strong offensive season (10 goals, 25 points in 41 games) for Yaroslavl's second tier club in the MHL and he has represented his native Russia in numerous international competitions.
News: Pelletier was drafted 26th overall by the Flames at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Impact: Pelletier delivered 39 goals and 89 points in the QMJHL in 2018-19 without having great hands or speed. It's an impressive feat, especially for a guy who's 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds. His hockey smarts and character are both strong and his compete is through the roof. Need proof? Pelletier is fearless when it comes to driving the net and playing in the dirty areas of the ice -- that's where he gets his goals. His smarts give him a 200-foot perspective that's uncanny for a young player and they could make him an exceptional third-line winger in the NHL. He's hard not to like on the ice. But we need to see Pelletier in the NHL before we commit a bench spot to him in fantasy.
News: Giordano has been awarded the Norris Trophy for top defenseman during the 2018-19 season.
Impact: Giordano beat out the likes of Brent Burns and Victor Hedman to win his first ever Norris Trophy on Wednesday. The Flames defenseman had an outstanding year, putting up 57 assists and 74 points in 78 games this past season. He ranked third in goals and assists and second in points among blueliners. Not only did Giordano make his mark on the offensive side of the puck, he also was a plus-39 and racked up 144 blocked shots.
News: The Canadiens will not extend Shinkaruk a qualifying offer, which means he'll become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Shinkaruk has failed to make any sort of meaningful impact at the highest level since being selected by Vancouver with the 24th overall pick of the 2013 draft. The 24-year-old winger has only notched four points in 15 NHL appearances since turning pro in 2014-15, and just had what was probably his worst season yet, picking up a meager 10 points in 54 appearances with AHL Laval. He'll hope to catch on with another organization, but at this point it wouldn't be surprising to see him head overseas to continue his career.
News: Tuulola signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Calgary on Thursday.
Impact: Tuulola -- who was selected by the Flames in the sixth round of the 2016 NHL Draft -- racked up 13 goals and 23 helpers in 60 outings for Finnish club HPK last season. The winger figures to spend another year overseas continuing to develop his game before making the jump to the AHL.
News: Foo has signed a contract with HC Kunlun Red Star of the KHL, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Foo was unable to secure a regular role with the Flames over the past two seasons after signing with the club as an undrafted free agent in June of 2017, so he's decided to take his talents overseas to Russia's top league. It's possible that the Union College product won't ever return to the NHL, but he may now get the chance to play for China in the 2022 Winter Olympics.
News: Ryan (undisclosed) has been ruled out of the remainder of the IIHF World Championship tournament, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Impact: Team USA may be going home if it loses to Russia on Thursday anyway, so at this point there's no reason to believe Ryan's injury will hinder his offseason program. The 32-year-old pivot will finish the tourney having notched one goal and four points in seven games.
News: Hogstrom signed a contract with Djurgardens IF (Sweden) on Friday.
Impact: Hogstrom signed with the Flames heading into the 2018-19 campaign, but an injury saw him play in just 12 games for AHL Stockton. It seems this brief stint will bring the 30-year-old's NHL aspirations to an end, as he heads back to Djurgardens, where he played from 2014-18.
News: Yelesin signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Flames on Friday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Yelesin accrued 10 points (four goals, six assists) over 55 games in the KHL last season. The blueliner racked up 180 hits and was an All-Star while playing for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. It seems that Yelesin's strong skating and physical play have impressed the Calgary scouts enough to warrant a contract and entry into the league.
News: Lerby inked a two-year, entry-level contract with the Flames on Tuesday. The deal will begin with the 2020-21 campaign.
Impact: Lerby spent the 2018-19 season in Sweden playing for the Malmo Redhawks of the SHL, notching five goals and 21 points in 47 appearances. The 21-year-old will remain in his native Sweden for the 2019-20 campaign before joining the Flames and competing for a roster spot in 2020-21.
News: Lindholm will play at the World Championship in Slovakia.
Impact: When asked about attending Worlds on the last media day for the Flames, he was non-committal about attending. Lindholm's decision to represent Sweden gives the team a forward coming off of a career year with 27 goals and 78 points in 81 regular-season games. This is Lindholm's third appearance in the tournament.
News: Hanifin will join Team USA for the World Championship in Slovakia, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Hanifin should be able to play a top-four role on defense for the Americans. He produced a career-high 33 points in 80 regular-season games this season. This is Hanifin's third selection to a World Championship roster.
News: Ryan was selected to Team USA for the World Championship in Slovakia, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Ryan is coming off his second consecutive 38-point season in his first year with the Flames. The 32-year-old forward was mostly used as a fourth-line center with the Flames, but should be able to provide depth scoring for the Americans. Johnny Gaudreau and Noah Hanifin are the other Flames representing Team USA in Slovakia.
News: Gaudreau was added to the Team USA roster for the World Championship in Slovakia, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Gaudreau was undecided about playing at Worlds when interviewed Monday as the Flames did exit interviews, but has since decided to join the Americans, who are looking to improve upon the bronze-medal finish they had in 2018. Gaudreau registered 99 points in 82 regular-season games for the Flames, so his addition to the lineup makes Team USA much more goal-dangerous.