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GM doesn't plan on cleaning house

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY - Calgary GM Darryl Sutter doesn't plan on making major changes even though the Flames were ousted from the first round of the playoffs for the fourth straight year.

Instead of holding a season-ending news conference, Sutter chose to meet the media one-on-one Monday to answer questions about the team's exit in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks and its immediate future.

"We have a nucleus of elite players that are looked on as elite players and they have to be that," Sutter said from his office at the Pengrowth Saddledome. "We're not trading or moving elite players or anything like that. They're good players and they're the reason we're a good team. We'll find ways to make them better."

Sutter said that he still has to have meetings with players and coaches to identify areas that the Flames have to improve upon to get better.

"Can you prioritize the importance of cutting goals-against down?" Sutter asked. "Are you able to do that or can you prioritize the ability when you have so many elite players, why your power play's not better? That's what you work on."

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