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Flames can assistant coach

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:35 PM ET

CALGARY - The changes continue for the Calgary Flames.

The Flames have elected not to exercise the option on assistant coach Ryan McGill, making him the third member of the coaching staff to be let go after the team missed the playoffs for a second straight season.

Goalie coach Jamie McLennan and assistant Rob Cookson also didn't have the option years picked up on their contracts.

Dave Lowry is the lone assistant coach who will be retained under head coach Brent Sutter.

“Now that the evaluation of our coaching staff in Calgary is complete, Brent Sutter will begin the process of identifying, interviewing, and ultimately selecting candidates to fill the vacancies on his staff. At the same time, the ongoing review of all other areas of the hockey operations department including staff, pro and amateur scouting, AHL and player development, etc., will continue in the normal course of our business,” said Flames Acting General Manager Jay Feaster.

Lowry has been with the Flames for two seasons as the assistant coach since 2009 after guiding the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) as the head coach (2008-09) and the associate coach (2005-08). He also spent four seasons with the Calgary Flames playing in over 200 games from 2000-2004.

As for Feaster's status in the GM chair, the team said its post season review continues for the organization with no set final time table for completion.

randy.sportak@sunmedia.ca


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