How the teams were built

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:48 PM ET


 MEET THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING...

 #4 C VINCENT LECAVALIER

 AGE -- 24

 ACQUIRED -- Drafted first overall in 1998.

 SKINNY -- Top draft finally proves he's a sniper from all over the ice.

 #5 D JASSEN CULLIMORE

 AGE -- 31

 ACQUIRED -- Claimed off waivers in 1998.

 SKINNY -- Big blueliner plays it smart in his own end.

 #9 C ERIC PERRIN

 AGE -- 28.

 ACQUIRED -- Signed as a free agent in 2003.

 SKINNY -- Close friend of Martin St. Louis is learning how to be a St. Louis clone.

 #11 LW CHRIS DINGMAN

 AGE -- 27.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with Carolina in 2002.

 SKINNY -- Enforcer has leader's role to go with a Stanley Cup ring.

 #13 D PAVEL KUBINA

 AGE -- 27.

 ACQUIRED -- Drafted seventh round in 1996.

 SKINNY -- Blueliner turns inconsistency into two-way threat.

 #17 LW RUSLAN FEDOTENKO

 AGE -- 25.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with Philadelphia in 2002.

 SKINNY -- Second-tier sniper shares team's playoff goal lead (9).

 #19 C BRAD RICHARDS

 AGE -- 24.

 SKINNY -- Drafted third round in 1998.

 SKINNY -- Smooth Team Canada selection is becoming a scoring sensation.

 #21 D CORY SARICH

 AGE -- 25.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with Buffalo in 2000.

 SKINNY -- Physical blueliner getting better in his own end.

 #22 D DAN BOYLE

 AGE -- 27.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with Florida in 2002.

 SKINNY -- Rearguard mans the point and moves the puck well.

 #25 LW DAVE ANDREYCHUK

 AGE -- 40.

 ACQUIRED -- Signed as a free agent in 2001.

 SKINNY -- Wily captain has a knack for netting clutch goals.

 #26 RW MARTIN ST. LOUIS

 AGE -- 28.

 ACQUIRED -- Signed as a free agent in 2000.

 SKINNY -- Skilful scoring champ proves the regular season is no fluke.

 #27 C TIM TAYLOR

 AGE -- 35.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with NY Rangers in 2001.

 SKINNY -- Playoff vet lends character and Stanley Cup experience.

 #29 LW DIMITRY AFANASENKOV

 AGE -- 23.

 ACQUIRED -- Drafted third round in 1998.

 SKINNY -- Russian rookie shows sparks of post-season promise.

 #33 LW FREDRIK MODIN

 AGE -- 29.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with Toronto in 1999.

 SKINNY -- Big winger finally lives up to playoff scoring potential.

 #35 G NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN

 AGE -- 31.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with Phoenix in 2001.

 SKINNY -- The 'Bulin Wall stops pucks but can be inconsistent.

 #36 RW ANDRE ROY

 AGE -- 29.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with Ottawa in 2002.

 SKINNY -- Tough-guy brings levity and defence to his role.

 #37 D BRAD LUKOWICH

 AGE -- 27.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with Dallas in 2002.

 SKINNY -- D-man sports playoff savvy from 1999 run with Stars.

 #44 D NOLAN PRATT

 AGE -- 28.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with Colorado in 2001.

 SKINNY -- Inexperienced defender keeps his own end clean.

 #47 G JOHN GRAHAME

 AGE -- 28.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with Boston in 2003.

 SKINNY -- Big 'tender able backup despite minimal playoff experience.

 #55 D DARRYL SYDOR

 AGE -- 32.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with Columbus in 2004.

 SKINNY -- Stanley Cup champ steadies young blueline corps.

 #61 LW CORY STILLMAN

 AGE -- 30.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with St. Louis in 2003.

 SKINNY -- Fleet-footed former Flame gives Bolts another scoring source.

 - - -

 . . . AND NOW YOUR CALGARY FLAMES

 #1 G ROMAN TUREK

 AGE -- 33.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with St. Louis in 2001.

 SKINNY -- Expensive backup boasts long playoff resume.

 #2 D MIKE COMMODORE

 AGE -- 24.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with Anaheim in 2003.

 SKINNY -- Hulking blueliner steps up with size and consistency.

 #4 D JORDAN LEOPOLD

 AGE -- 23.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with Anaheim in 2000.

 SKINNY -- Offensive rearguard shows star promise at both ends.

 #5 D STEVE MONTADOR

 AGE -- 24.

 ACQUIRED -- Signed as a free agent in 2000.

 SKINNY -- Utility d-man sports tools to play at both ends.

 #7 RW CHUCK KOBASEW

 AGE -- 22.

 ACQUIRED -- Drafted 14th overall in 2001.

 SKINNY -- Promising winger adds mean streak to budding skill level.

 #10 LW DAVE LOWRY

 AGE -- 39.

 ACQUIRED -- Signed as a free agent in 2000.

 SKINNY -- Veteran serves up grit, character and leadership.

 #11 STEPHANE YELLE

 AGE -- 30.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with Colorado in 2002.

 SKINNY -- Shot-blocking warrior is backed by two Cup rings.

 #12 RW JAROME IGINLA

 AGE -- 26.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with Dallas in 1995.

 SKINNY -- Superstar sniper is becoming a proven playoff performer.

 #15 LW CHRIS SIMON

 AGE -- 32.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with NY Rangers in 2004

 SKINNY -- Cup champ creates space and chips in offensively.

 #16 RW SHEAN DONOVAN

 AGE -- 29.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with Pittsburgh in 2003.

 SKINNY -- Speedster scores clutch goals to complement defence.

 #17 RW CHRIS CLARK

 AGE -- 28.

 ACQUIRED -- Drafted third round in 1994.

 SKINNY -- Gritty winger can score and help out in his own zone.

 #19 LW OLEG SAPRYKIN

 AGE -- 23.

 ACQUIRED -- Drafted 11th overall in 1999.

 SKINNY -- Talented winger shows sparks of offence and aggressiveness.

 #21 D ANDREW FERENCE

 AGE -- 25.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with Pittsburgh in 2003.

 SKINNY -- Small, skilled warrior provides consistent defence.

 #22 C CRAIG CONROY

 AGE -- 32.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with St. Louis in 2001.

 SKINNY -- Centre super-slick in faceoff circle and flanking Iginla.

 #23 LW MARTIN GELINAS

 AGE -- 33.

 ACQUIRED -- Signed as a free agent in 2002.

 SKINNY -- Stanley Cup vet has nose for netting game-winners.

 #24 LW VILLE NIEMINEN

 AGE -- 27.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with Chicago in 2004.

 SKINNY -- Cup champ and agitator lifts teammates with spirit.

 #26 C MARCUS NILSON

 AGE -- 26.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with Florida in 2004.

 SKINNY -- Two-way forward adjusts perfectly as centreman.

 #28 D ROBYN REGEHR

 AGE -- 24.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with Colorado in 1998.

 SKINNY -- Team Canada pick proves his undervalued defensive worth.

 #33 LW KRZYSZTOF OLIWA

 AGE -- 31.

 ACQUIRED -- Signed as a free agent in 2003.

 SKINNY -- Crowd favourite proves he's more than an enforcer.

 #34 G MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF

 AGE -- 27.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with San Jose in 2003.

 SKINNY -- Vezina nominee always able to bounce back.

 #44 D RHETT WARRENER

 AGE -- 28.

 ACQUIRED -- Trade with Buffalo in 2003.

 SKINNY -- Two-time Cup finalist leads young 'D' corps by example.

 - - -

 HOW THE 21 PLAYERS LISTED WERE ACQUIRED:

 * TAMPA BAY:

 TRADES -- 13

 DRAFT -- 4

 FREE AGENCY -- 3

 WAIVER -- 1

 *CALGARY:

 TRADES - 14

 DRAFT -- 3

 FREE AGENCY -- 4


Videos

Photos