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Competition, lack of results force Setoguchi to waiver wire

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

Buy-in’s been good. He’s been working. It’s a funny thing. For people, and Devin in his career has scored, I talked a little bit about Johnny early in the year…it’s their juice. They need to produce. Brad Treliving

SAN JOSE, CA -- The effort? It's there. The result? Not so much.

That’s why Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving optioned forward Devin Setoguchi to the waiver wire Wednesday.

“We’re going to let this process play out,” Treliving said. “He’s on waivers until [Thursday] at noon Eastern. The one thing I’d say with Devin here right now and it’s not written in stone that a guy clears waivers and all of a sudden he doesn’t have to all of a sudden go to the minors.

“I think the big thing I’ve talked to Devin and even talking to coaches is getting his game back. There’s lots of try right now but he’s got to get his feet under him. We’ll let the process play out and at that point if he’s picked up, he’s picked up. If he’s not, we’ll go from there.”

Segotuchi has zero points and a minus-7 rating through 12 games with the Flames this season.

He's also served as a healthy scratch in 12 of Calgary’s 24 games this season, including Wednesday against the San Jose Sharks -- his former club. He’d also been limited to single digits in minutes in three of the past four contests he did dress for.

The results just haven't been there from the 27-year-old.

“Buy-in’s been good. He’s been working,” Treliving said. “It’s a funny thing. For people, and Devin in his career has scored, I talked a little bit about Johnny (Gaudreau) early in the year…it’s their juice. They need to produce. He’s skating around right now like he’s got a 300-pound gorilla on his back. Nothing but good things to say about the work he’s put in. He’s in the gym; he’s working hard. He’s just bitten right now.”

He’s also finding himself further down the depth chart.

With the likes of Josh Jooris, Markus Granlund, Michael Ferland and Sven Baertschi airlifted from the Adirondack Flames and finding varying degrees of success, Setoguchi’s role has been diminishing.

The likes of Matt Stajan (knee), Mason Raymond (shoulder) and Joe Colborne (upper body) are inching closer to action and David Jones returning after missing four games with an upper body injury have made things more and more crowded in Calgary.

Treliving doesn’t mind the hard decisions upcoming, though.

“The good news is the guys who have come up have played really well,” he said. “We’re probably approaching, inside a couple of weeks, guys coming back which is going to make for some hard decisions but some good decisions.

“The flipside is you’re sitting there going ‘who the heck are we going to play’ and sort of lost in all this is we keep taking players from the guys in Adirondack and they just keep winning and there are guys down there that keep playing well.

“It’s a good problem to have. It gives the manager probably some grey hair but that’s better than the other way.”

It’s a problem the kids are forcing, Treliving admitted.

“There’s guys that are making a real case to be here,” he said. “We’re day-to-day and that’s sort of how we’re living right now but they’ve done well. The one thing we want to talk about, though, and it’s the evolution of teams. Being close and giving it your try, that’s not good enough anymore.

“We want to have success. Yes, they’ve done well but we need to win and we need to have some success and that’s what I like about this group. They’re not satisfied.”

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