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The Coaching Carousel: How to stop the vicious cycle

Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving wasted no time in turfing head coach Glen Gulutzan a little more than a week after the season ended in utter failure, and it was clear to everyone his haste in making moves was because he already had a replacement all but officially on board.

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Five positives from a disastrous Flames season

Now that a little time has passed since one of the most disappointing Flames regular seasons in recent memory came to a close, maybe people are ready to look at a few positives. As the internal autopsy continues amid the excitement of the first round of the playoffs, there are reasons to be optimistic about…

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Against all odds: Give Stajan credit for 1,000th game

As far as fan favourites go, he’s hardly on the radar. In the Flames locker room, though, it would be hard to find another who comes close. And that’s arguably the biggest reason Matt Stajan, he of fourth line status and a contract constantly critiqued by so many outside the inner circle, is set to…

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Smith is the team’s MVP, and he doesn’t even have to be playing

In case there was still any debate as to who the Calgary Flames’ Most Valuable Player is this season, goaltender Mike Smith’s absence and the team’s performances over that span say it all. And Smith’s surprise appearance at practice on Tuesday ahead of the second of three games on the Flames’ critical late-season road trip…

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Lack of deadline moves means team needs to find new gear to make playoffs

Interpret the Calgary Flames’ deadline day moves with whichever lens you like. Optimists will look at the modest additions of winger Chris (Streaky) Stewart via waivers and Nick (not Drew) Shore for a courtesy seventh-round pick and deduce general manager Brad Treliving has confidence his group can get it done as assembled and needed nothing…

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Trade deadline: All bets are off — go big or go home

Considering the Calgary Flames are just as likely to miss the playoffs as they are to make any noise in them, Monday’s trade deadline is going to be an interesting one. General manager Brad Treliving could be a buyer, a seller, or a bystander on what should be a very busy afternoon in the NHL.

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Backlund signing should happen while he’s still in love with the city

Mikael Backlund isn’t about to weaken his bargaining position. There is a good reason the pending unrestricted free agent currently sticks to clichés when it comes to talking contract. The 28-year-old centre finished fourth last year in voting for the Selke Trophy, given annually to the NHL’s best defensive forward. He’s taken prove-it deal after…