Johnny Gaudreau, Bill Arnold still in future plans of Calgary Flames

John Gaudreau of Team USA scores against Team Finland and is joined by Brady Skjei at the USA...

John Gaudreau of Team USA scores against Team Finland and is joined by Brady Skjei at the USA hockey junior evaluation camp at the Lake Placid Olympic Center on August 8, 2012 in Lake Placid, New York. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

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When Calgary Flames honcho Brian Burke fired two key members of his hockey operations staff a week ago, one of the items on his to-do list was to ensure a couple of intriguing up-and-comers — Boston College Eagles teammates Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold — weren’t left worrying or wondering about the impact the moves might have on their future with the franchise.

“I sent a text this morning to the coach at Boston College that said ‘Make sure your guys know we still love them,’” Burke told reporters last Thursday, only about an hour after announcing GM Jay Feaster and his sidekick, John Weisbrod, had been relieved of their duties.

Jerry York, the legendary bench boss for the Eagles, took it from there.

“Yeah, Coach York relayed the message to me and Bill one day when we were hanging out in the team lounge,” Gaudreau said this week.


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