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The Calgary Flames Are About To Get A Wake-up Call

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

Minutes after Thursday’s post-game press release announced Darryl Sutter was returning to coach the Calgary Flames, a front office source succinctly summed up the rationale.

“This group needs a wake-up,” he said.

Not many GMs get to go through four coaches in less than seven years. Then again, not many GMs have overseen a group of players as temperamental as these Flames.

Just a few days after Milan Lucic made an emphatic case for not blaming coach Geoff Ward for the team’s latest woes, Brad Treliving relieved him of his duties.

He did so less than an hour after the Flames pieced together a 7-3 win over Ottawa that married execution with work ethic and accountability.

Those last two traits have been absent for an alarming number of Flames games this year, opening the door for a man whose career has revolved around both. As a player, coach and GM, Darryl Sutter has seen hard work and accountability as the backbone of his success in hockey.

The man who guided Calgary to within two goals of a Stanley Cup in 2004, is back. Boy, is this group in for a rude awakening.


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Primis's avatar

More likely that Sutter is about to get a real wake-up call.

Things have changed, and if players don’t care you can’t make them or scare them into it.  Welcome to the 21st century.

And Treliving should have been out some time ago probably, because it’s his roster he has built is a mess.

Posted by Primis on 03/05/21 at 08:03 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Wow.  This will be interesting.  In a shortened season with less practice and locker room time, I do wonder if these coaching changes are going to have much effect.

Posted by TreKronor on 03/05/21 at 10:25 AM ET


I have to wonder if there is an agreement in place that Sutter will become GM should Treveling get canned. It seems a bit strange to allow a GM to hand out a 3 year contract when that GM should be at the end of his leash.

Posted by evileye on 03/05/21 at 01:47 PM ET

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