Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving joined Scott Oake and Cassie Campbell-Pascall on After Hours after the Flames’ 9-1 win over Arizona on Saturday night. As you would expect, the fans who submitted questions to After Hours about pending free agent Johnny Gaudreau, the team’s top scorer.
Specifically, Treliving was asked whether he would regret not locking down Gaudreau earlier.
Here’s Treliving’s full answer about the Gaudreau situation:
Well, you don’t regret anything. We made a comment at the beginning of the year, we weren’t going to talk about his contract publicly – Johnny, myself and his representative Lewis Gross – and we’ve kept things quiet on that front. That by no means should be taken as any indication that we [don’t] want him back. We want him back here. We’re going to move heaven and earth, and do everything we possibly can to get Johnny back here.
You’ve seen it tonight, you’ve seen it throughout the season. He’s a top player. Not only what he’s done productivity and with the puck this year, but what he’s done without it. I remember when Darryl [Sutter] came in last year and the screams were ‘well Johnny can’t play for Darryl’ and I remember chuckling. Because anybody that knows johnny, he thrives under a coach that’ll push him. He has his whole career. Both those guys, him and Matthew [Tkachuk] and Andrew [Mangiapane] and Oliver [Kylington]… the list goes on, we’ve got a lot of work to do.
But obviously Johnny being unrestricted, we’re going to do everything we humanly possibly can to have him be back here and be a Flame for a long, long time.
Gaudreau can become an unrestricted free agent on July 13. The Flames are back in action on Monday night when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks.
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