‘I didn’t want him to get hurt’: Calgary Flames coach says his team would have been ‘better’ had he not taken a shot
In the aftermath of the Game 5 loss to the Calgary Flames, Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan told reporters the team was not prepared to take a risk with their goaltender.
He added that his team wasn’t ready to “put up with a goal-scorer who would come out of nowhere and put the game out of reach.”
He continued, “We were not prepared.”
Gulutzan is one of a handful of NHL coaches who have questioned the decision to send Ryan Miller back into the lineup, and it seems like his comments about the decision may have contributed to the Flames’ lack of confidence in their goaltender’s play.
Miller has been dealing with a calf injury for the past week, which has prevented him from taking part in most of the team’s practice sessions.
He was only available for a single practice on Tuesday.
He played in the fourth period of a 4-1 loss to Vancouver on Tuesday, but did not make the trip to Calgary for the game.
Gululzan has said Miller’s return was a “significant blow” to the team, and that he was not sure how Miller would be able to return.
He said that he would have liked to have seen Miller play in the third period, but he was “not sure if we had that available.”
Miller has not played since Game 4 of the Western Conference Final, which ended in a 5-4 Calgary loss to Boston.
“We need him to play,” Gulutza said.
“We have to see if he is able to do that, or if he’s not.”