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  1. OK. I was sportsmanlike for the playoffs. Which ended one minute ago for the Flames. The Flames had a truly improbable regular season, succeeding like they had not in years. Then, the moment the first playoff puck dropped, they did EXACTLY what many of us feared for the last 5 years. They showed us what a faulty rebuild looks like. They created a Regular Season team. And you can't fix that. You can only Overhaul that. Treliving: This is ALL under his watch. He traded away actual defense, he brought in highly questionable defensemen, he threw away draft picks. He has to go. For the draft picks alone, he needs to go. For thinking Gaudreau could succeed in the post-season, he needs to be double-gone. For filling our defence with misguided forwards, he needs to go. 3 strikes. Gaudreau: No. Just no. He cannot play in the playoffs. He never could. He never will. He's fantastic in the regular season, and on European ice. I've been asking for us to trade him since before he made it into the NHL. Never has this been more true. He still has Massive value. A large team would absolutely take a chance on him and pay more than full price. The Flames will NEVER, ever win a cup with Gaudreau on the team. That's just how market caps work. If we intend to win the cup, he must be traded and he must be traded in this off-season. Preferably for prospects or draft picks, because quite honestly our rebuild needs a do-over. While they're at it, they need to trade away any other skilled player who can't translate in the playoffs. It's not about size, it's about strength. Gaudreau will just never be strong enough for the post-season. Defence: We're absolutely screwed here. This is why we need to rebuild. We have a bunch of defencemen who are actually forwards. Nobody who knows how to keep the puck out of our end (except maybe the aging Gio). Nobody with any size, nobody with any sense. Trades are needed here, but ultimately we have to build this up from the ground up. Goaltending: Yeah ok. Mike Smith played ok, but not well enough. Not Nearly well enough. Yeah, our goalies were better than I thought. But neither Rittich nor Smith were Ever stanley cup material or playoff material. So WHY, then we did we invest so much in them? Why did we invest NHL development minutes into goalies who could Never, ever take us where we need to go? Our goaltending coach makes us the laughing stock of the NHL. All that needs to be fixed. We need elite goaltending prospects. And we need a development system because our development system has one of the worst track records in NHL history. Which would be okay, but we haven't even Considered changing methods, or goaltending coaches, or our drafting methods, or Anything. We just keep doing the same. Fire Treliving, and the Healing can start.
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