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QUOTABLES - FLAMES @ BLUE JACKETS

A rundown on what was discussed during this morning's media availability

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

Glen Gulutzan on John Tortorella and their time together in Vancouver:

"I had to learn to fit myself in with that group and then we became a real close-knit coaching staff. I learned a ton. The biggest thing for me with John is as a young coach coming out of Dallas, I got to work with a veteran guy who had won a Stanley Cup and just how he handled the top players, how he handled the room, I haven't been around a coach who had that good of a command of everything. That was a big help to me. I learned a lot from him on the tactical side of things and how they won with the Rangers and with Tampa."

"That was a valuable experience for me as a young coach."

Tortorella on Gulutzan:

"It's a good team and the guy coaching them, I absolutely love. I spent just an unbelievable year with him in (Vancouver) and learned a ton from him. They're in good hands there. I know they play fast, because I've watched a few (games) on TV."

"Gully came into a tough spot in Vancouver. (Mike Sullivan) and I were glued to the hip - Sully was my assistant - and then Gully in. Sully and I were together for so long, I thought we were stale. And we wanted to bring a young guy in and get different ideas. I loved working with him. He has a perspective about a game and about situations that really helped me. I learned a ton from him. It was a weird year for all of us, we only spent one there, but we had a blast because I thought we all worked off one another very well. To just bring in his perspective, which is really unique to me, it really helped me grow as a coach. I wish we stayed together for a little bit longer but I'm thrilled he's back in as a head coach."

"He's fresh. He thinks out of the box … there's some days where he comes in and he has an idea and I wouldn't have even have thought of it. That was stimulating to me with him. He's a great coach, he's a better person and he's got such a wonderful family."

Mark Giordano on building off of Monday's penalty killing:

"We have to control the puck more, make better plays and clear the puck better but when we have chances to be aggressive on the penalty kill, just from knowing and playing on the power play a little bit … the hardest thing to play against is pressure. When there's chances to go, we have to go."

Giordano on the Blue Jackets:

"They're a team that we consider one of the best in the league. The style of play, they have a great mobile defence with a great goalie and then their forwards are really deep. They've been in the top of the league, in our minds, for a couple of years now. They're hard to play against. They play a hard game, they block a lot of shots, they forecheck really hard. It's a great test for us. If we want to consider ourselves up there in the league, we've got to be able to go toe-to-toe with teams like this."

Johnny Gaudreau on the Flames' offence this month:

"We're getting shots on net, keeping it simple, getting pucks in the offensive zone, not turning pucks over and fueling their offence. We're doing a lot of the little things right, which is helping us win games."

Brett Kulak on the lengthy road swing and what it means to the team:

"Coming on the road on a long trip like this, playing a lot of good teams, I think it's important for the guys. We've faced some adversity, obviously the 8-2 loss we weren't too happy about, but I think everything that happens along the way, it's bringing everyone together so much tighter."

Columbus forward Pierre-Luc Dubois on his first season in the NHL:

"It's going pretty well. I'm getting more and more used to the game. I'm getting more confident every game too. I knew it was going to take a little while to adjust. It's a big step from juniors. Now I'm playing center - I started off on the wing - I knew eventually I might move back to center. I'm just trying to learn as much as I can."

Columbus forward Lukas Sedlak on recovering quicker than he expected from an ankle injury:

"I think maybe a week or so, a little bit faster than we expected. I'm really happy about it. I was miserable watching the games. It's boring on the bike and stuff like that. I was bored and now I'm happy to be back."

Sedlak on Tortorella not easing players back into the lineup:

"Everybody has to like that. You're kind of thinking if you're going to be good enough to play and stuff like that and he throws you out there and doesn't look back. It's nice."

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