Calgary Flames add experienced Assistant Coach to their staff

Calgary Flames, Brad Larsen
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The Calgary Flames off-season has been slow thus far, with very little movement to speak of, with the departure of assistant Marc Savard being one of the only newsworthy moments. Savard came to the Flames last summer with the goal of turning around this team's powerplay, but in 2023-24, it got even worse than the team's final season under veteran Head Coach Darryl Sutter.

While the team wasn't helped by the departure of many top stars, they still struggled mightily, and now they've made a major addition in the form of an experienced assistant coach in the NHL. The Flames have now officially announced via social media that Brad Larsen will be joining Ryan Huska's staff as an assistant coach for the upcoming 2024-25 campaign.

The 46-year old has two years of Head Coach experience in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets, where the team compiled a 62-86-16 record in two seasons between 2021 and 2023. That run came after seven years as an assistant with the team, and now he's preparing to fill a huge hole for a team that needed major improvements on the powerplay as well as offensively in 2023-24.

This summer will be crucial to the future of the Calgary Flames organization, with more key trades to make and a critical 2024 NHL Draft, and with the addition of Larsen to the staff, confidence will be high that they can improve in several key areas as they look to rebuild or re-tool (however the front office wants to market it).