* It says that Brad Treliving is the new Flames g.m. and that’s good — as long as he pays attention to his boss, Brian Burke.
* Let’s not forget that the Flames never dumped and became a formidable foe in the homestretch.
* Granted, it was too playoff late but when you compare Calgary with the disgraceful Edmonton franchise, you have to give Bob Hartley lots of credit.
* As for the Oilers coach, let’s just say he should be awfully thankful he still has a job after an awful job.
* The Hockey News predictions made last season were very, very close to being on target when it came to sorting out the playoff teams. THN should be commended for that.
* Then again, the Bible of Hockey erred when it picked St.Louis to win The Cup.
* “The Blues will learn from the past,” THN opined. Hey, St.Louis gambled on Ryan Miller and it was a reasonable one at that — until Chicago punted him and his buds out of the first round.
* If you can call it an upset, Corey Crawford out-goaled Maestro Miller.
* The real upset is that Crawford continues to be underrated but the lad continues to prove that he has the right goods.
* I’ll be surprised if Ron Francis retains Kirk Muller and his coaching staff simply because a new g.m. should pick his own bench boss and Carolina fans will welcome some fresh faces all over the place.
* The Staal Brothers looked better in Raleigh on paper then they did on the ice; especially Captain Eric.
* If Barry Trotz and Peter Laviolette are, in fact, the top candidates for the Capitals coaching job, there’s a tough choice ahead for owner Ted Leonsis.
* What makes it a tougher choice is that Teddy Bear doesn’t even have a g.m. so that’s priority number one. Get a hockey boss who can solve the Ovechkin Equation.
* So far Marc-Andre Fleury hasn’t fulfilled the wishes of his critics; that is, falling completely apart.
* I see the Bruins as beat-able in the St.Louis manner; the difference being that Tuukka Rask has become a better goalie than Ryan Miller.
* And speaking of the latter, Miller’s value as a free agent has plunged from stratospheric to minus-the-radical-50 in one swift opening round.
* I will not rule out the Habs against Boston. In this case it’s because of Michel Therrien. Love that man!