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Flames GM addresses Tkachuk, Mangiapane distractions head on

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CALGARY – Brad Treliving has been around long enough to know what the line of questioning would revolve around, so he cut to the chase.

Mere hours into the opening of training camp physicals, the Calgary Flames general manager addressed the media with an eye on nipping the talk of the day in the bud.

"Before we go too much further," started Treliving, following opening pleasantries with scribes, "… Matthew and Andrew aren’t here today. We think a lot of both players and we continue to work on both situations, but as we move forward after today, especially for our coaches and players, we want the focus to be on who’s here now and not have them distracted with questions."

That’s Matthew Tkachuk and Andrew Mangiapane for those who haven’t been following the NHL’s looming RFA conundrum.

Tkachuk’s absence has been expected for months.

Mangiapane’s is, quite frankly, ridiculous.

More on the latter in a bit.

The former is part of an elite group of youngsters who are not only going to get paid handsomely this fall, but are providing a considerable distraction to the teams trying to sign them.

It’s no different in Calgary where talk revolved around who wasn’t there, prompting Treliving to discuss the elephant in the room before urging those gathered to cease and desist asking about it.

Good luck with that.........

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