CALGARY -- When the Calgary Flames return from a five-day break, it'll be with eager eyes from general manager Brad Treliving.
Treliving, who saw his team hold a wild card entry in to the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference entering the break, now sees his team on the outside looking in when they host the Arizona Coyotes at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday.
What happens over the next few weeks will have implications on Treliving's moves at the NHL Trade Deadline.
"There's a number of teams in (the playoff hunt in) the Western Conference right now … take a look at the standings and it changes daily," Treliving said Friday. "The best way we can help ourselves is continue to play good and get some points in the next couple of weeks.
"In our situation we're right in the battle. I think a lot of what we do is going to be dependent on our play here in the next couple of weeks leading up into the deadline.
"We're moving down a couple parallel paths."
Calgary has eight games, three at home and five on the road, before the March 1 deadline hits.
They're a single digit back of the Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators. Each holds a wild card spot at 60 points as of Sunday morning.
"I would say right now there's probably, for the last couple weeks, there's only two teams when you look at the standings, especially in the West, that are out of it or have said, 'We're preparing for next year and the future,'" Treliving said.
"Outside of that, everyone is really trying to stay in it and feels they have a chance.
"Depending on what happens in the next couple of weeks that will determine really the course of a lot of teams."
Including the Flames.
And now a look at the week that was.
OVER THE BOARDS
It was a super Super Bowl for Johnny Gaudreau. He watched as friend Julian Edelman helped the New England Patriots to an incredible comeback against the Atlanta Falcons. "I texted him and wished him good luck in the Super Bowl game," Gaudreau said prior to New England's fifth title. "It was great meeting him this summer and hanging out with him a bit so I wish him the best." Don't worry, though. The Salem NJ native has his NFL allegiance elsewhere. "I'm a Eagles fan," Gaudreau said. "But going to college at Boston College you grow to like the Patriots a little because of how passionate the fans are." … Back on the ice, Sean Monahan remains at 99 goals in his career after having an overtime marker waved off in Pittsburgh prior to the break. When he connects on the next one he'll be the youngest Flames player to hit the mark. … A Beanpot title will be coming home to the Flames. Brandon Hickey and Boston University dispatched of Boston College, and Adam Fox and Harvard toppled Northeastern to set up a meeting of the two Calgary prospects in the final on Monday. … Another Flames prospect is tearing up the blue line. Adirondack Thunder defenceman Stepan Falkovsky has seven goals and 12 points in his past six games. He started the season with just four points in his first 21 professional outings.
Treliving was selected as the 2017 recipient of the PHPA Curt Leichner Distinguished Member Award as voted by the PHPA Executive Committee last Tuesday. The award is presented annually to a member of the hockey community who has made significant contributions towards the advancement of professional minor league hockey, and has continued to diligently serve the sport. "It is an honour to be the recipient of the Curt Leichner Distinguished Member Award," Treliving said. "I want to thank the Professional Hockey Players' Association and its Executive Committee for such and wish them continued success." He joins the likes of Don Cherry and Ron MacLean (2009), Darcy Regier (2011), Claude Julien (2013), Ted Nolan (2014), and Rick Gorman and Phil Mazzone (2016) to receive the honour. Treliving will be presented with the Award this June during the 2017 PHPA Annual Meeting of Player Representatives, when the PHPA kicks off it's 50th Anniversary celebrations.