Fans of fairness and wins based entirely on merit should probably switch their focus to chess rather than the NHL playoffs. They should certainly pass over the first-round series between the Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks.
The Flames organization doesn’t have that luxury. The team’s architect, Brad Treliving, is on an expiring contract. So are both goaltenders and several big-money defencemen. A decision will need to be made on Treliving, and once that’s done either he or his successor will need to find the right balance in reacting to a season that was in turns both impressive and disappointing.
Confirmation from a Flames’ source, Team and Brad Treliving will meet next week to discuss the future.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) April 20, 2017
The first step will be not overreacting to the loss to Anaheim, a loss that was far closer than a 4-0 result would suggest.
Every game was a one-goal affair, discounting an empty-netter in the fourth contest. That’s remarkable in a series which saw Flames starter Brian Elliott implode, saw Calgary unable to buy a goal at even strength and included two questionable goals (one by Calgary’s Alex Chiasson, the other by Anaheim’s Nate Thompson) both going the way of the Ducks.
None of this is an attempt to rewrite history, but rather to emphasize the strengths of the Flames’ roster. As much as the sweep stung, Calgary did a lot of good things in those four games, and the approach now must be not to tear everything down but rather to build on what worked.
It makes sense to look at things positionally.
Despite the lack of goals for the top-six forwards in the playoffs, the Flames have a quality group. The supposed second …read more