A Calgary Flames dressing room is getting a refresh.
A new recline.
It’s a bold new look, and it’s the start of a new season for the Flames, who have had a tough time getting over the hump in recent years.
But as the new year begins, it’s a good time to take a look back at the past year.
Calgary Flames coach Glen Gulutzan talks to media following practice on Jan. 15, 2019, in Calgary.
(Todd Korol/The Canadian Press) The most recent update from the Flames’ front office: The Flames traded Ryan Strome to the Ottawa Senators for an expansion draft pick on Friday and traded Matt Duchene to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a second round pick on Thursday.
That left Calgary without a first round pick.
It also left the Flames without a second-round pick for the upcoming draft, which means it will need to get one of two first rounders.
The Calgary Flames are a lot closer than they looked after trading for Strome.
But the new look will take some time.
“I think the new style is more focused, more efficient, a little bit quicker, and we’re trying to create the same feel that we did last year,” said Flames forward Jordan Eberle, who signed with the Phoenix Coyotes for a three-year, $10-million deal on July 1.
“You can see the difference in how quickly it moves around the ice and how fast it skates.”
What you want to know: Who is the new coach?
Calgary has not announced the new head coach yet, but Gulutz has said he wants to be “hands on” with the team.
Gulutzi said he has some ideas about the future, including the hiring of an NHL assistant.
“We need a GM, we need to be able to get our head coach.
We need to have an executive, we want to have a president,” Gulutza said in Calgary on Friday.
“That’s where it comes from.
I want to be hands on.”
What they said: The most interesting thing about the change is how it looks, as the team did not have a logo for this new look.
The front office didn’t say what the new design will look like.
It could be a simple blue-and-white or maybe a more modern look, but the Flames are not giving too much away about what the look will look to fans.
What they are saying: “I want to make sure we get our team back into the playoffs.
We know we’ve got a lot of work to do, but I’m excited about the possibility of getting back into that discussion and having a really good playoff run,” Gulubas said.
“Hopefully we can get in that conversation and get that thing back to where it’s supposed to be.”
It’s also important to note that this isn’t a wholesale change.
“There are some things that are changing and some things are not,” Guluts said.
Calgary is still going to wear their old logo.
“It’s the same logo.
The same colors,” Guluttas said, adding it’s been done for years.
“The one thing we’re really excited about is that we’re going to have something new in our locker room this year.”
What we know: The NHL expanded to 10 teams in January, and the Flames have the second-best record in the NHL.
“Our goal is to get back to a playoff spot.
I know we have a lot to work on, but we’re excited about it,” Guludas said Friday.
Guluts will have a new set of eyes in the new season, but there is still much to work out.
“When you have a young team like ours, you need that confidence that we can win games, you have to have that belief that we have something that we want,” Gulunas said of the players and coaching staff.
“So there’s a lot more work to be done, but right now we’re confident in our future.”
Gulutuz said he expects the new jersey to be available for a few weeks.
“But that’s just our expectations,” Guliuz said.
What you should know: If you are a Flames fan, you can start watching the team on Thursday night.
There are a few other teams that could make an early splash in the playoffs, including a host of top prospects.
It will be interesting to see how much of a presence the Flames can put on the ice against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, but they are in good shape for the first round of the playoffs if they win out and are able to keep the momentum going.