The Calgary Flames have landed themselves a reportedly great coach in Ryan Huska to lead the way in 2023-24, and while some fans lament the fact that Mitch Love or an outside hire weren’t the choice, it appears as though everyone around the organization are thrilled with the move to hire the long-time assistant. We haven’t yet heard much from the players, but on Tuesday Rasmus Andersson revealed to Flames beat writer Ryan Dittrick that he’s incredibly happy for Huska, and believes that he can be just the coach this team needs to turn around a disappointing 2022-23 campaign.
Huska and Andersson obviously have a relationship going back to their days in Stockton back in 2016-17, and one thing the star defenceman highlighted was his communication skills, and how he can be stern when needed, but clear with his messaging, which will be a major difference from last year.
While this hire was about moving on from the dreadful season Flames fans just endured, it’s tough to not compare the two Head Coach situations, but it was the final statement from Andersson that should give Calgary fans the most optimism. “He’s demanding, but I know he’ll give confidence to each and every player in the locker room next year”.
This comes in direct contrast to the last Head Coach, as many cited his style as taking confidence away from some players, with a direct conflict from the two parties taking place all season long, so the Flames organization, players and fans will all be hoping that this is the case.