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SAY WHAT: 'EXPECTATIONS ARE HIGH'

Flames GM Brad Treliving comments on the team's opening-night roster, use of the taxi squad and more

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

 

TRELIVING ON CAMP COMING TO A CLOSE:

"I'm looking forward to getting things started. It's obviously an unusual camp that we just had, and it's gone by quickly. (I'm) excited about the challenge in front of us and I know our team is as well."

 

ON USE OF THE TAXI SQUAD:

"Those players from the taxi squad can be activated at any time. If you don't require waivers, you can go back and forth. From a roster standpoint, you've got your up-to-23-man roster and your taxi squad, and there's really no difference. The only thing is that if you're on the taxi squad, we have to make a transaction with the league to get them on the roster. But they can be put in the lineup at any particular time - you just have to make them by 5 o'clock local in whatever time (zone) you're in, and you have to have the requisite cap space."

 

ON WHAT HE LEARNED DURING CAMP:

"We're a little smarter today than we were at the beginning of camp, but the reality is that we haven't played any games. We didn't get any pre-season games. For me, the biggest education I was trying to have in camp was familiarizing myself with the new players. The players that are here, we have a pretty good idea of what they're all about. Over the course of the off-season, (Head Coach) Geoff (Ward) and I had many discussions about who would fit where, and we got to see a bit of it in camp. But until you see the new players, have them in your dressing room and are around them every day…. I think we got some answers to questions, but the reality is that until you get into game action, you're going to learn more."

 

ON JUNIORS/PROS THAT DIDN'T MAKE THE TEAM:

"The league has extended our time that we can keep those players in town. The groups have been separated now, but we're keeping a large group of players here until such time as things get going in Stockton. ... For the junior players: Jakob Pelletier will be going back to Val-d'Or. The Quebec League is scheduled to play at the end of the month and he has to go back and quarantine. So, Jakob will be travelling back to Quebec, while Dustin (Wolf) and Connor (Zary) - right now - will be staying with the group here until such time as there's more clarity with the Western Hockey League and what they're doing. And that's a real fluid situation."

 

ON DEREK RYAN:

"I sat down with him a couple days before (being put on waivers) to explain the thought process behind it. He understood where we were coming from and why it was happening. None of the actions of the last 24 hours speaks to anything that we feel about Derek Ryan. I think Derek Ryan is going to play a big role for this team, as he has the past two years. ... As far as the taxi squad, they're not going to have sandwich boards every day that say they're part of the taxi squad. They're part of the Calgary Flames. ... They're viewed by everybody and should be viewed by everybody as members of the Calgary Flames. We all understand the environment we're in right now and how you can work that to the advantage of your cap."

 

ON EXPECTATIONS THIS YEAR:

"Our expectations are high every year. What we expect of ourselves and what I expect from our team - the team's performance, my performance, they're higher than any others' expectations that they could place on us. That doesn't change from year to year. We expect to be the very best that we can be. We're excited about our group. Thirty other teams are probably excited about their groups as well. It's a big challenge ahead of us, but we have to stay present and handle each day as it happens."

 

ON PROSPECT TYLER PARSONS:

"He had ankle surgery in early-to-mid December. He gets re-evaluated in another four weeks. So, he's going to miss some time, obviously. The surgery went well, the issues that needed to get corrected, we're hopeful got corrected. We'll continue his rehab process and hopefully he's up and going soon. … There's been something there that's been bothering him for a long time and there were no other options than to go the surgical route."

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