The Treliving Goalie “Process”

June 17th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The Process.

A buzzword heard over and over again in Calgary since Brad Treliving was hired by Brian Burke in the late Spring of 2014.

The Process.

Each draft is a process requiring meetings, and a list and a recalibration, and a new list, then a challenge to the list, then a final list. Then of course the draft.

His off season to do list is a process that results in an action plan to go out on acquire players. Last summer he said they targeted finding a young defenseman that would fit the age group of the young core they were assembling up front. Low and behold he pulled in a very surprising fish in Dougie Hamilton. He felt his club was too on their heels and wanted to find possession players so in addition to Hamilton he brought in a great play driver in winger Michael Frolik.

The past few months have been filled with the terms process and profile, as the thinker endeavors to find his first head coach, his hire. We don’t know what this process is for sure, but he’s offered hints by describing a profile of what he needs in a coach. He went on to say that once this profile was completed they met with some candidates, then rushed back to the profile to make sure the fit was secure. This process has lead him to a choice, his choice, that could be announced as early as tomorrow with the betting line suggesting Glen Gulutzan.
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Game Takes: Flames 2 Wild 1

April 9th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Well not the season many of us had in mind when Brad Treliving shocked the hockey world by reeling in Dougie Hamilton on draft day from Tampa in June of last summer.

The Flames coming off a great playoff run that had them knock off the Canucks, then fall to the Ducks in the second round were expected to be a force in the weak Pacific Division and to battle with the Kings for home ice in the first round of an expected playoff series. Instead it was an October face plant, terrible special teams, and some historically bad goaltending as the Flames were pretty much on ice by Halloween, their season over.

So with the season lost they took to the ice for the final time this season in Minnesota, and with a 38 year old goaltender playing out the string they came from behind with a spirited third period to beat the Wild 2-1 and at least end their campaign with a good taste in their collective mouths.

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Game Takes: Flames 7 Canucks 3

April 7th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

You know when you have that miserable round of golf? Double after double, missed putts, two shanks out of bounds; a terrible experience you’ve shot 10 strokes over your average game and you think you’ll never play again.

And then you drop a 23 foot putt for a birdie on the 18th hole and you are tempted to just head back to the first tee and do it all again!

Well hockey seasons can be like that too. With the Flames annihilation of the Oilers in Edmonton on Saturday, and a spirited overtime loss to the Kings on Tuesday the team was certainly in a late season, lottery pick position killing groove. Tonight was even more of the same as they were fast fast fast on the puck all night, a track meet running the Canucks out of town to the tune of 7-3. This one wasn’t close, and without a strong start from Ryan Miller the Flames would have put up double digits.

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Game Takes: Kings 5 Flames 4 (OT)

April 5th, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Once again there won’t be a obscenity laced tirade from the media room at the Saddledome, Bob Hartley seething through his teeth uttering words like “eradicate” and “you’d think 200 days together and you’d learn”.

From the moment the Flames “knew” they wouldn’t make the playoffs there have only been a handful of true face plants, most of those aided and abetted by some pretty shaky goaltending. The team night in night out with heads held high, showing ready and able to make each and every game a battle.

Tonight against a cup favourite was no different with the Flames scratching and whacking their way to a disappointing 4-3 overtime loss at the Saddledome, in a game they led with just 40 seconds to play.

Tough loss for the team, but salvation in the standings I suppose. Another great effort.

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Game Takes: Flames 5 Oilers 0

April 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

The name changes for the Edmonton Coliseum over the years has been helpful in that it helps define eras in Edmonton.

When the building was called Northlands it was a terrifying spot to play hockey, with future hall of famers lighting the lamp with ease and blowing out many a visitor that would visit Alberta’s capital city.

However the two more recent incantations, Skyreach and Rexall were exactly the opposite. Teams came in and had their way with the Oilers, nobody more than the Flames who ran their record to 15-3-1 in their last 19 visits to the pill box, ending their history in the building with a convincing if somewhat embarrassing 5-0 blow out win over the Oilers.

The Flames were paced by Johnny Gaudreau and Mikael Backlund, two players that will be key in building new memories at the new Roger’s Place next year when it opens.

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