After the 2021-22 season where almost everything went well, 2022-23 was quite the opposite. Although the Calgary Flames still hold a wild card spot, they just haven’t looked the dominant team they did a season ago.
Of course, there are plenty of reasons why this happened, perhaps the biggest being the two top scorers on the 2021-22 team, Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk. But there is another problem with coaching Daryl Sutter.
This season has been frustrating for Sutter for a number of reasons, such as his constant negativity when talking to the media, as well as his inability. To give young players a real shot His performance in the lineup has grown stale to many fans, and according to reports earlier this season, some of his own team as well. Now, there is talk that a rift between her and her boss, Brad Treliving, may also be growing.
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Although he clarified that this is speculation on his part, Frank Seravalli of the Daily Faceoff recently said he sensed a growing rift between Sutter and Treliving. It’s worth noting that, while he said it was speculation, Seravalli is one of the league’s top insiders and isn’t known for making such headlines without any prior knowledge.
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Serravalli noted that the sense he got from Sutter, based on his interviews with the media throughout the season, was that he had a strong desire to take the general manager position. This reigning Jack Adams Award winner comes as a result of constant accolades Other groups are listedAlso suggested numerous times that his own team just doesn’t compare.
While Seravalli seems to believe the relationship between Sutter and Treliving has gone downhill as a result of Sutter’s media quips, this isn’t the first time there have been rumors that the current general manager could soon part ways with the organization. In fact, just a few weeks ago, TSN’s Salim Valji A prediction columnist wrote that Treliving, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the season, may seek opportunities elsewhere in the NHL community.
Valji also reported that while there are questions surrounding the relationship between Sutter and Treliving, they have different ideas regarding player personnel, which seems to be in line with Seravalli’s suggestion. Regarding Sutter’s possible general manager position, Valzi said the bench boss’ relationship with team owner Murray Edwards is very close, and that he “has a lot more influence in different areas of the organization than most people realize.”
Later in his prediction piece, Valji said that if Treliving does indeed walk this summer, Sutter will not officially be named the team’s general manager, but will have the final say in every decision the organization makes in terms of players. Basically, what he’s saying here is that even if someone else were to take over as general manager, Sutter would still be in charge.
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If these assumptions by Seravalli and Valji prove true, this could turn out to be an ugly situation for Sikhs. While there’s no denying Sutter’s hockey knowledge, the game is constantly evolving, and his personnel decisions throughout the 2022-23 campaign suggest he hasn’t.
Throughout the season, Sutter continued to stick with bigger, slower veteran forwards in his lineup, instead of making way for younger, smaller skill players like Matthew Phillips and Jacob Pelletier. On top of that, his clear bias for veterans will make it difficult A number of other possibilitiesLike Connor Jarry and Dustin Wolf, to find their way into the lineup.
As for Treliving, some would suggest it’s time for the two to go their separate ways. Since being picked up back in 2014, he’s built several talented rosters that have enjoyed great regular-season success, but look to struggle come the playoffs. Quite a turn of events given that many considered this past summer to be “The Summer of Brad,” thanks to his acquisitions of Jonathan Huberdeau and Nazem Kadri, but that view quickly changed.
Regardless of personal opinion on Treliving’s job in Calgary, he should have no problem finding a job elsewhere if he chooses to walk. If that situation arises, it may very well be that Sutter takes over as general manager, whether or not the official title is handed down.
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