A look at the Flames roster after the NHL trade deadline
|TRADE DEADLINE 2011|
The trade deadline has passed.
The Calgary Flames are done tweaking the roster -- they added defenceman Brett Carson off waivers and Fredrik Modin to the forward ranks in a trade with Atlanta.
Below is a look at the players on the rosterJarome Iginla: During the Flames struggles early in the season, Iginla's name was constantly involved in trade rumors. Now? Not a whisper. Calgary's captain has been essential in the team's mid-season turn around and will likely hit the 30-goal mark for the 10th time in his career.
Olli Jokinen: Jokinen's play doesn't have nearly as much scrutiny on it as it did during his first stint with the Flames and that seems to have vastly improved his play. The centreman has found incredible chemistry with Curtis Glencross and David Moss, making Calgary's second line as dangerous as its top line.
Brendan Morrison: The Pitt Meadows native was signed late in the summer to add some veteran presence to the Flames lineup and many suspected he'd be a permanent fixture on the third or fourth line. Morrison has shocked everyone with his excellent play and has proven to be the pivot that compliments Iginla perfectly. Morrison has amassed 40 points (9 g, 31 a) in 64 games.
Alex Tanguay: After disappointing seasons with Montreal and Tampa Bay, Tanguay came to Calgary looking to revive his career. Playing on a line with Iginla and Morrison, Tanguay has been nothing short of spectacular for the Flames. His playmaking ability has boosted his linemates play and his offensive totals have been impressive with 16 goals and 48 points.
Rene Bourque: After signing a six-year deal with the team over the summer, many hoped Bourque would build upon his 27 goal 2009-10 season but that hasn't been the case. In 62 games, he's potted 19 goals and is on pace for 24. Bourque's season has been streaky but he seems to have found his groove playing with Matt Stajan and Tim Jackman.
Curtis Glencross: The gritty winger has shattered his former career-high in goals, notching 20 in 61 games played. He has yet to reach the 40 points he amassed in the 2008-09 season but with the pace he's been on since January, that number will likely be broken sooner rather than later.
David Moss: Since joining Jokinen and Glencross on the second line, Moss has been able to play to his potential. His offensive production has risen thanks to his crash-and-bang mentality on the forecheck. He hit the 15 goal mark on Sunday and he could easily reach the 20 goal mark with 18 games left in the season.
Matt Stajan: The 2010-11 season hasn't been what Stajan envisioned when he signed a four-year contract extension last spring. Sidelined by injuries early on, the pivot has bounced around between lines since returning to action. At the moment, he's centering Bourque and Tim Jackman on the third line. Stajan presently has five goals and 27 points through 58 games.
Tim Jackman: When Jackman signed with the Flames in the summer, it was basically ignored. He was seen as someone who wouldn't play a key role in team success. That was definitely the wrong assumption. Jackman is in the midst of a career season, scoring 10 goals and 20 points in 64 games. He's also become a staple on the Flames first power play unit.
Mikael Backlund: The Flames 2007 1st round draft pick has steadily progressed over the course of the season, earning more minutes as the year goes on. The 21 year-old has scored seven goals and his play in this own end has greatly improved since entering the league late last season.
Niklas Hagman: After a great start to the year, Hagman's offence dropped and the team opted to place him on waivers earlier this month. Once he cleared, the Flames kept him with the team and he's been a different player ever since. He's playing on the fourth line with Backlund and Tom Kostopoulos but has earned power play time thanks to his hard work.
Tom Kostopoulos: When the Flames dealt Ian White to Carolina for Anton Babchuk and Kostopoulos, the team was looking to add some more grit to their forward lines. The winger has brought just that. Playing on a line with Backlund and Hagman, Kostopoulos gives the fourth line some sandpaper.
Fredrik Modin: The Flames biggest move on Feb. 28 was adding the veteran winger. His season in Atlanta was hampered by injuries, playing just 36 games and amassing seven goals and 10 points. Modin has a howitzer of a shot and could help provide more offence to the bottom two lines.
Robyn Regehr: The shutdown defenceman has been his usual dependable self this season. Along with his partner Jay Bouwmeester, Regehr squares off against opposing teams top players almost every shift and has done an admirable job against them.
Jay Bouwmeester: While his offensive numbers haven't hit the levels they once were, Bouwmeester's play in his own end has been commendable. He and Regehr read off each well and remain the Flames top defensive tandem.
Mark Giordano: Arguably Calgary's best defenceman, Giordano has been a stud on the blueline for the Flames this season. While he likely won't reach last season's career-high of 11 goals, Giordano's play has become more well-rounded in all three zones.
Cory Sarich: The Saskatoon native adds a physical presence to the Flames defence corps. Playing with Giordano, Sarich is no stranger to crushing checks and hard fought battles along the boards. Not exactly known for his offensive prowess, Sarich has managed to double his goal production from last season with three tallies through 58 games.
Anton Babchuk: There were a few bumps in the road during his first couple of weeks with the Flames but Babchuk has found his game. He plays a key role on the Flames power play, has become acclimatized to Calgary's defensive system and continues to put up points in even strength situations.
Steve Staios: With Adam Pardy out with an upper-body injury, Staios has slid in to play on the Flames third defensive pairing with Babchuk. While his minutes total is low, he has been reliable and has helped out the Flames penalty kill.
Adam Pardy: The Newfoundlander has had a rough season in terms of injuries, sitting out twice with upper body maladies and only playing 30 games, but when he has been healthy, he's been solid.
Brendan Mikkelson: The Regina native's presence in the roster is to provide the Flames with depth on defence if Steve Staios' game becomes questionable or another blueliner is hit with an injury. He's played 18 games with the Flames this season, notching two assists and a -6 rating.
Brett Carson: The acquisition of the 25 year-old on trade deadline day provides some security to the defence with Pardy out indefinitely. Carson has played over 70 NHL games with the Carolina Hurricanes and can immediately jump into the action if need be.
Henrik Karlsson: The Flames backup netminder has proven himself as a capable caddy for Miikka Kiprusoff. He has a 4-3-4 record with a .901 save percentage and 2.63 GAA in that span. If Kiprusoff needs a break during the hectic stretch drive, the team has confidence Karlsson can spell him off.
Miikka Kiprusoff: Other than a short off spell earlier this year, Kiprusoff has had yet another great season. He's been able to steal games for the club when needed and will play a crucial role in the Flames stretch drive. The Finn has a 28-20-5 record this season with a .908 save percentage and a 2.56 GAA. He has five shutouts to his name thus far.