Flames coach Ward on inconsistent squad: ‘I’m not saying this is panic time’

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Author of the article:

Wes Gilbertson

Publishing date:

Feb 19, 2021  •  4 hours ago  •  4 minute read

Feb 17, 2021; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames head coach Geoff Ward (top, right) reacts from the bench during the first period against the Vancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports Photo by Sergei Belski /USA TODAY Sports Article content

The previous evening, a fuming Geoff Ward had publicly criticized the collective give-a-hoot of his Calgary Flames.

He wasn’t going to pile on with any individual finger-pointing.

Fresh off a lopsided loss and a scathing post-game assessment from their coach, the Flames cranked the tunes for Thursday’s practice.

The playlist was … well … not great. And we’re being polite.

Ward was willing to identify the disc-jockey — leading scorer Johnny Gaudreau, it turns out, is much better at picking corners than picking crooners — but refused to pass judgement on the hat-trick of songs that had been blaring from the Saddledome speaker system.

“I’ll let you make the opinion on that,” he chuckled.

There were no shortage of hot-takes Thursday, but Ward wasn’t adding to the fire. Even Uncle Kracker, the surprise opener among Johnny’s jams, was spared.

The entire city, Ward realized, was debating and dissecting his seething summary after a 5-1 shellacking from the Vancouver Canucks, when he acknowledged — and not always in PG-13 language ­—…

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