Wild West: Calgary Flames – Organization Review

Grant Campbell


Calgary had a great regular season and they made it to the second round of the playoffs before losing in five games to Edmonton. Although the loss to Edmonton was a blow, the team took a significant step forward in 2021-22. From the outside, it looks like there is a two-year window for this current roster and that is assuming that they re-sign Johnny Gaudreau, Andrew Mangiapane and Matthew Tkachuk. Contracts expiring at the end of 2023-24 are Mikael Backlund, Elias Lindholm, Tyler Toffoli, Noah Hanifin and Chris Tanev at which point they all become UFAs.

GM and Coach

Brad Treliving has been the GM in Calgary since April 2014. In his eight seasons, the Flames have a record of 324-238-56 with a winning percentage of 0.570. They have missed the playoffs three times and made it to the second round three times, losing each time.

Darryl Sutter is entering the last year of his contract and has been the coach of the Flames for just over a year. His record is 65-36-11 with the Flames in his most recent foray there. He won a career-high 50 regular-season games this year. The loss to Edmonton takes a little shine off of his glow, where he could do little wrong. It will be interesting if the Flames extend him this off-season.

Salary Cap

Next season, Calgary has just under $27 million in salary cap room to re-sign Gaudreau, Tkachuk, Mangiapane and Oliver Kylington as well as replace or re-sign Erik Gudbranson, Michael Stone, Nikita Zadorov, Ryan Carpenter, Calle Jarnkrok, Trevor Lewis and Brett Ritchie.

Draft Picks

The Flames mortgaged their entry draft in 2022 and only have three of their seven picks in the second, fifth and seventh rounds.

In 2023 and 2024 they have ten of their original 14 picks with their third and fifth-round picks in 2023 and their fifth and seventh-round picks in 2024 traded away.

Overall they have 13 of their original 21 picks still over the next three drafts.

Free Agents

Unrestricted free agents are Johnny Gaudreau (28), Ryan Carpenter (31), Calle Jarnkrok (30), Trevor Lewis (35),