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I have always argued that Treliving fired BH to soon. Hartley did not always have the best talent to work with but he got results with what he had. Some here say his results werent that good, but id say his lineup wasnt that good either. The first sign of a promising lineup, and they fire BH and bring in a young guy with no winning history. BH deserved one more year, the year that was remaining on his contract and then re evaluate. If he was terrible after given an opportunity with a decent lineup then Id be fine in firing him, but he was not given a chance because our new GM had new ideas.
Oh I have zero problem with leaving Bennett out there, zero problem with trying Tkachuk there. By all means if the Flames can find an internal replacement please do. Point was I think Ferland deserves a little more credit as he is part of one of the best lines in hockey. The Flames top line is not the issue it’s the fact that they are getting very little out of the other 3 lines that is the major issue here. The focus needs to be on improving them and I think improving the top line via trade/FA is going to be extremely difficult. Improving the next two lines, not so much.
It’s a tall order for a player like Ferland to handle the heat the top line gets, playing on his off wing. He’s done well for part of the season. He tailed off, but then again the top line had a drought for the last 10 games or so, save for a few big nights. I don;t know that Bennett has been any better in that spot. He’s a C, playing normally on LW, now being asked to play on RW, with a guy that will get you the puck every time. Monahan struggles finishing. Bennett struggles to get the shot off.
I tend to get down on a few players, but those few players are undoing a lot of the good work of the top lines. I personally don’t care if they trade/demote/buy out Brouwer, I just want them to better manage his usage. He’s never going to drive play. He can add to a line that is producing, but only in certain ways. Stone and Brodie are killing us most nights. I like about 50% of what I see from Brodie. Much less of what I see of Stone. Don;t bother taking a slapshot because you can;t even get it close. Hathaway and Lazar don’t really do it for me. They have great work ethic, but are basically just taking up roster spots. They really don’t make this team better. Maybe they will, but they just play hard right now. Stewart is nothing great. One of them happen to be becuase Gaudreau had just been cut. Brouwer gets sent over the boards. Nice call. The other was on a PK with Backlund. Weak attempt. Those two goals didn;t lose the game, but game COL a ton of momentum. Watching the 2nd unit struggle to do anything was rich. Must be a good reason for Brouwer to start getting PP time again. Calgary Flames is a trademark of Calgary Flames, LLC. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League.