CALGARY, AB -- Disappointed? Absolutely. Frustrated? No.
Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving isn’t going to waste time being frustrated over a sluggish 1-5-0 start to the 2015-16 season from his group.
“Frustration doesn’t get you anywhere,” Treliving said. “It’s a lot of wasted calories. It’s disappointing in terms of the results, it’s disappointing in terms of, as you talk to the guys, ultimately it’s a results based business, but to me it’s more process related. We’re exactly where we deserve to be based on how we’ve played. We’ve got to pay better. We’ve got to have players play better. We’ve got to collectively as a group play better.
“Frustration doesn’t get you anywhere. You dig in harder and you try to find answer and solutions and a way to find out what’s been going on. That’s where your energy goes to. How do you help, how do you fix, how do you get better versus getting frustrated.”
Frustration from Treliving would be understandable, though.
Two points through six games has Calgary sitting last in both the Pacific Division and Eastern Conference, and 29th overall in the NHL standings. Only the Columbus Blue Jackets, winless in seven straight to start the season, sit below the Flames.
A minus-13 goal differential also trails 29 other teams.
The first shoe dropped for Treliving and the Flames on Wednesday, when the GM placed Karri Ramo, Calgary’s season-opening starter, on waivers. Upon clearing Thursday morning, Ramo was assigned to Stockton of the American Hockey League, effectively ending the three goalie conundrum also featuring Jonas Hiller and Joni Ortio.
Hiller is expected to start when the Flames host the Detroit Red Wings on Friday at Scotiabank Saddledome, a building Calgary has yet to win at this season.
“We’re not sitting here because of Karri Ramo,” Treliving said. “Karri needs to get up and going. Jonas and [Ortio] need to get up and going. This just allows everyone to get playing time and try to get their games in order. He understood it. He’s eager to get up and going and we’ll see where it gets to.”
More moves could follow.
“You’re looking for solutions right now,” Treliving said. “This is hopefully a way to jump start everybody. Putting a guy on waivers and sending him down isn’t the ideal situation for him or for us. You’re trying to find solutions here. That’s not to single out one guy. We need to reset here and that’s where the decision is based.
“This isn’t an indictment on Karri and putting the blame at his feet. We have not gotten off to the start that we wanted too and goaltending is not the sole reason. I know we’ve had a lot of focus there with the three guys that we’ve had there. We’ve got a lot of issues to clean up in our game. This move was made to clean up the situation and allow everybody to have some clarity in terms of their mind and hopefully get all goaltenders playing in some way, shape, or form.
“Again, the move isn’t an indictment on Karri and saying that is reason for the record that we’ve got. You look at both guys, Jonas and Karri, they carried this team on a lot of nights last year. We’ve got to get them back up and playing and feeling good about themselves for the rest of the games ahead.”