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COMING IN CLUTCH

Glenn Gawdin has been a key player for Swift Current in the playoffs

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

Most people are satisfied to trod the boards at out-of-the-way, rubber-chicken-entree dinner theatres.

Others, those striving for something more, something greater, yearn to see their name twinkling merrily above the marquee lights outside Carnegie Hall.

They're the ones rising to the occasion at that moment standards are at their most exacting, when the spotlight shines its most luminous.

Game 7s, anywhere, anytime, are just such moments.

So to be behind enemy lines, 4,765 pro-Warriors patrons shoehorned into Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw, an all-Saskie WHL Eastern Division semi-final and endeavouring to get up off the canvas in the wake of a 3-2 triple-overtime loss at home 72 hours earlier?

Got this.

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NO PLAYOFFS, BUT BIG PAYOFFS

Stockton Heat missed post-season but the pipeline of talent sent up to the big club, lead by Jankowski, was a huge success

by BRANDON KISKER @kiskerbc / calgaryflames.com

The season came down to one game.

Unfortunately for the Stockton Heat, they came up short with a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Barracuda April 14, ending their playoff hopes.

It was a tough way to close out the 2017-18 campaign.

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LOOKING FORWARD

Your Flames Authority George Johnson on today's coaching changes and what Mark Giordano said about move

by GEORGE JOHNSON @NHLFlames / calgaryflames.com

This, insisted Brad Treliving, had nothing to do with scapegoating. 

It's about moving forward.

It's about getting better.

It's about drawing the most out of what's on offer.

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'NEEDED TO BE DONE AS WE MOVE FORWARD'

For Brad Treliving, making coaching changes was necessary at this point

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

After a thorough evaluation of his team's performance this season, Brad Treliving relieved head coach Glen Gulutzan and assistant coaches Paul Jerrard and Dave Cameron of their duties.

"These are never easy decisions," he said during his press conference on Tuesday afternoon at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

"Accountability lies with all of us. As a manager, I lead that charge. When you make a decision that I made today, there's lots of blame to go around … there's more than just the coach in terms of the failure we had this season."

"I came to this conclusion because I felt it needed to be done as we move forward."

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FLAMES RELIEVE THREE COACHES OF DUTIES

Glen Gulutzan, Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard have been relieved of their duties

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

The Flames have relieved head coach Glen Gulutzan and assistant coaches Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard of their duties.

Gulutzan compiled a record of 82-68-14 over his two seasons behind the team's bench.

GM Brad Treliving will hold a press conference at 3:30 p.m. at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

MORE TO COME

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WHL PLAYOFF PREVIEW - ROUND THREE

Two Flames prospects have made it to the WHL conference finals

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

The Flames will have two prospects playing the third round of the WHL Playoffs, which begin on Friday.

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GAWDIN, BRONCOS OFF TO EAST FINAL

Swift Current downed Moose Jaw 6-0 in Game 7 on Monday

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

Glenn Gawdin and the Swift Current Broncos are off to the WHL Eastern Conference Finals after a emphatic 6-0 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors on Monday.

Gawdin played a big part in their Game 7 victory, scoring two goals and two assists while putting six shots on net.

The forward, who signed with the Flames as a free agent earlier this year, now has nine goals and 20 points in 14 postseason skates. Gawdin led the Broncos in scoring in the regular season with 56 goals and 125 points through 67 games.

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FROLIK TO MISS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

The winger has confirmed he will not be attending the tournament

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

Flames winger Michael Frolik will not play for the Czech Republic at the 2018 IIHF World Championship, which runs May 4-20 in Denmark.

Frolik's second child is due this week and he will be spending time with his family during the tournament.

The 30-year-old is coming off a 10-goal, 25-point season with the Flames. He dressed for 70 games this year, missing 12 games due to an upper body injury he sustained in late December.

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PART OF THE DNA

Your Flames Authority George Johnson recounts how inking Backlund to long-term deal was pivotal move for the future

by GEORGE JOHNSON @GJohnsonFlames / calgaryflames.com
Your Flames Authority George Johnson is looking back on five highlights from the past season:
 
1. THE DYNAMIC DUO
2. LAST LINE OF DEFENCE
3. YOUTH MOVEMENT
4. HEART AND SOUL
5. PART OF THE DNA (today)

 

A best two-out-of-three coin flip as to who seemed happier on the late afternoon of Feb. 16: The guy actually putting pen to paper inside the Flames' executive inner sanctum or the gent handing him the ballpoint.

"This has always been my mindset,'' assured a beaming Mikael Backlund, shortly after being inked to a six-year, $31-million agreement to forego free agency and remain in Calgary.

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FUTURE WATCH UPDATE - 16.04.18

A look at how Calgary Flames prospects are doing in their respective leagues

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

Every Monday, CalgaryFlames.com will provide an update on prospects in the Canadian Hockey League, United States Hockey League, NCAA, ECHL, and those who are playing in European leagues.

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