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Flames' Treliving sees controversy over Lucic comments as 'totally ridiculous'

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05.09.2019

When the Calgary Flames acquired Milan Lucic, few could have envisioned anyone would have to step in to defend the rugged winger.

However, that’s exactly what Flames GM Brad Treliving did upon hearing that Lucic’s innocuous comments at the team’s golf tourney had riled up Oilers faithful.

Lucic said Wednesday he put too much pressure on himself "to overachieve" in Edmonton, and felt being surrounded by veterans in Calgary would allow him be more comfortable and successful.

"Your captain and your leader is in his thirties and he’s an older guy and I had a lot of experience with that with Zdeno Chara in Boston, and that seemed to obviously work out really well," said the former Oiler, alluding to Flames captain Mark Giordano.

The comments infuriated fans of his former team in Edmonton who saw it as a direct swipe at their 22-year-old captain, Connor McDavid.

"Totally ridiculous," said Treliving of the insinuation Thursday.

"I know he’s close with........

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