The hockey world was abuzz this summer as Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving wheeled, dealed, and swapped out some significant players for other significant players. Chatting with the assembled local media on Wednesday afternoon, he had a common refrain that reflected his mindset regarding his club: “We’ll see.”
Treliving had that refrain regarding a lot of different topics: depth at every position, how the club will deal with waivers, how the club will deal with the captaincy, the contractual status of himself and head coach Darryl Sutter as they enter the final year of their current deals, and many other topics.
Here’s a quick snapshot of Treliving’s more specific thoughts on other topics.
On organizational depth:
“We have lots of bodies. How well you play determines how much depth you have.”
“We’re looking to dress the best lineup. We’re trying to win and if you can help us win, you’re on the team.”
On the team’s busy summer and external excitement around the club:
“This idea of winning the summer is a load of crap, I think. You try to win in the winter.”
“I’m excited because the players are excited, but all this talk over the summer is just that. Usually when they talk about having a great summer, we’re more worried about having a great winter and spring.”
On goals for the season:
“Number one, to do anything in this league you have to be a playoff team, and you have to earn your way in it. You don’t get there any other way, is you have to earn it over 82 games and that’s our goal right now.”
Oliver Kylington will be absent from the start of camp due to a “personal family issue,” with Treliving declining to comment further and asking for some privacy in regards to that matter.
Andrew Mangiapane “tweaked” something during summer skates and is skating on his own and is expected to join the main practice groups “in the next couple of days.”
Chris Tanev, who had shoulder surgery following the playoffs, is expected to be a full participant in camp, though Treliving noted they might hold him out of early pre-season games.
The AHL’s Wranglers will be based primarily out of Winsport, usually popping into the Saddledome just for games.