Report: Gelinas to join Flames as assistant coach



In an effort to return to the successes of 2004, the Calgary Flames may soon bring back another member of that year’s Western Conference Championship team.

Sportsnet 960 The Fan’s Pat Steinberg reported on his Twitter feed today that the Flames have had talks with former Flames forward Martin Gelinas about their vacant assistant coach position.

Gelinas was a crucial part of the Flames 2004 playoff run, scoring the series clinching goals in each of the first three rounds. He also (nearly) put the puck in the net in Game Six of the Stanley Cup Finals, which we will never speak of again.

Gelinas left Calgary via free agency and retired from playing in 2009. He played 1273 NHL games with Edmonton, Quebec, Vancouver, Carolina, Calgary, Florida and Nashville, appearing in four Stanley Cup Finals with four different teams (and winning a Cup in 1990 with Edmonton).

With former Shawinigan Cataractes head coach Eric Veilleux reportedly joining the QMJHL’s Baie-Comeau Drakkar as their head coach, Gelinas may immediately become the front-runner for the Calgary vacancy opened up by Dave Lowry’s recent departure. The big question surrounding Gelinas is whether he can run an offense and power-play, having never coached at any level previously. Then again, based on his playing record, he certainly knows how to score and how to win. The secondary question is whether surrounding the club with people from the 2004 run is the best way to move the team into the future.

Gelinas was a quality player for many years and avid about conditioning which is why he was effective well into his 30’s. He has been the Predators director of player development since 2009-10.

UPDATE: The Calgary Sun’s Randy Sportak is reporting that the deal is done and that Gelinas could be announced as the newest assistant coach as early as Thursday.

    • Stockley

      Everyone needs to be given a chance. Maybe he works out, maybe he doesn’t. On the plus side he knows Iggy and Kipper, he knows Conroy. He knows the city of Calgary and I’m sure a lot of us fans still remember everything he did for the franchise. I’m all for giving him a shot. At this point what do the Flames have to lose?

  • Gelinas ALSO served as an interim Assistant Coach for the Milwaukee Admirals last season after the departure of Kirk Muller to Carolina in the Fall.

    Ian Herbers – who was an Assistant – was named the new Ads Head Coach and Gelinas jumped in as an assistant until that role could be filled.

    I interviewed him in MKE in the Fall and he reflected fondly on his time in Calgary and – clearly – the ’04 run which he starred in.


    I miss those days. Hope Martin the Closer does well as an assistant coach here. And if the Flames face an elimination game or a chance to finish a series sometime in his tenure, can he hop on the ice?!?! 🙂

  • Colin.S

    Looks like our Coaching staff is full, nice to see Malarchuk sticking around as well, got to meet him as he came to Calgary the first time around and he was a really good guy to chat with.

    So if we bottom out this year, theres pretty well no excuses at this point in time, wonder what happens if that is the end result.

  • Gelinas’ role as a development guy in Nashville has been praised by a few people I know around that team. With the impending youth movement in Calgary, having an intermediate guy with experience with the kids (and the respect of the vets) could be good.

  • Mitch2

    Getting someone from that level of the Predators organization is great.

    They certainly have proven they know what they are doing when it comes to drafting and developing players…

  • CitizenFlame

    Looks like another step towards a rebuild with a development guy like Gelinas coming on board. He probably will also be good cop to Hartley’s bad cop. I fondly remember Gelinas in the ’04 run and look forward to him being a part of the organization again.

  • CitizenFlame

    While I have Nashville on the brain, what are people’s thoughts on Radulov? Should he be someone the Flames target? There could be good chemistry with Cerevenka, top end talent, and a righty.


    There’s a few x-factors but could be a good group. Nice mix of youth & vets, skill & team toughness.

    • Stockley

      If he wasn’t too expensive I’d be down with a short-term deal for Radulov. Would have to be conditional picks, however. I really don’t see anyone selling the farm to Nashville for the rights to a KHL defector and dressing room malcontent. I think this will be his last chance at the NHL and it’s entirely up to the player to make the most of it. It’s a shame that his attitude and work ethic don’t seem up to par with his talent level.

  • T&A4Flames

    @ CitizenFlame

    I think The hockey news has Radulov listed as a RW that shoots left. Still, his talent is undeniable so I would take a chance on a short term contract.

  • Scott

    Absolutely couldn’t be happier to have Gelinas back in the org. Was a big fan of his effort level, and knowing that he’s spent some years in a development role perhaps flows nicely into an assistance coach role with the Flames.

  • Still ticked that Darryl essentially replaced him with Amonte. “Thanks for winning all those series Martin! Take care now!”

    Had the Flames won in game 6 against TB would they have re-signed him? If only and if only.

    I’ve heard before he loves Calgary, lives here, but why leave a position like that for a coaching gig? Each to their own , I guess.

  • From what I understood at the time Calgary wanted Gelinas back, but he went off and signed in Florida. I beieve Amonte fell on the Flames radar after that happened.

    Or McCarty, but that’s too depressing to think about.

  • @bookofloob – my understanding is that he wanted to come back and the Flames kept delaying (probably so they wouldn’t look like the bad guys in the whole thing). Gelinas finally got tired of waiting (and being terribly disrespecetd considering his recent playoffs) and then not long after Amonte was signed using the Gelinas signing as an excuse.

    It was the first move of Darryl’s that began to sour me on him. Many more would follow.

  • MC Hockey

    @ smith and all. Gelinas definitely lives on the Westside of Calgary, my friend coaches his daughter in soccer and they have met him a number of times. No move for Geli, here is here!