Geoff Ward is staying put.
The Calgary Flames have announced that Ward will remain on as the team’s 20th head coach, removing the “interim” tag he had since taking over from Bill Peters on November 29.
The Waterloo, Ontario, native led the Flames to a 25-15-3 record and a play-in series victory over the Winnipeg Jets. This is Ward’s first-ever NHL head coaching job after more than 30 years of paying his dues in just about every level of hockey.
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It should be an interesting offseason for the Flames, who have four key pending unrestricted free agents in defencemen Travis Hamonic, TJ Brodie, and Erik Gustafsson, as well as goaltender Cam Talbot.