Although you may not want to put yourself in Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving's shoes, just try for the length of this article. The poor man tried everything this season to place his team in a great position to clinch a playoff berth, but to no avail. The Flames broke down in March and let go of the chances to make the postseason for a second straight year, and now Treliving is emotionally drained by the circumstances. The Flames broke down with one of the league’s worst home records (16-20-4) and the acquisition of the summer, goalie Mike Smith did not manage to stay strong all year, due in part to several injuries.
“Are we emotionally invested enough? We’re missing something. I think we’ve got to find a way to be more emotionally engaged. We’ve got to be a harder team to play against. That can mean a lot of different things, but we’ve got to define the identity of our team. We’re missing something," Treliving explained to media members, as reported by Sportsnet.
One thing that was clearly missing from his meeting with different media members on Wednesday was the opportunity to give head coach Glen Gulutzan a vote of confidence in a sit-down interview with Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun. Treliving carelessly chose not to say if Gulutzan would or wouldn't be back next season, as a coaching change might be in the works now. His answer says a lot...
“I’m not getting into any of that,” said Treliving when asked on Gulutzan’s future with the team. “That’s an easy thing in sports to do – the first thing is to look at the coach. I think we’ve got a good coach.
“We’ve got some good players, but we’re all subject to scrutiny when a season goes like this.”
“Sometimes the best laid plans don’t work. But you better first look at the job you did, and didn’t do, and everything spurns from there.”
The GM might have refused to answer on his coach's future with the team since his own job might be in jeopardy. After all, the Flames were in the thick of the playoff race in late February with a 32-22-9 record entering the trade deadline. However, Treliving elected to stand pat at the deadline and the Flames have gone downhill since...
" We’ve got to define the identity of our team.”
Flames fans will eagerly wait to see who is part of the team's identity with potential moves and changes coming in the offseason. The Flames enter the off-season without a selection either of the first two rounds of June's draft, so there could be some players trades, coaches fired and even a GM replaced...
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