It's been an interesting season in Calgary. 

The team went on a hot streak after firing head coach Bill Peters, then hit a road block and currently sit in the second Wild Card spot with a one point lead on the Vancouver Canucks. 

While most teams would be happy fighting for a playoff spot, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports the Flames expected much more.

They didn't expect to be a borderline playoff team and Friedman reports management isn't happy.

The NHL insider adds that while the team is happy with youngsters like Rasmus Andersoon, Dillon Dube and Andrew Mangiapane they're not thrilled with Johnny Gaudreau. 

Friedman assumes that if the team doesn't improve, Gaudreau will likely be the fall guy.

He'll have trade value whether they trade him in season or offseason as he's currently got 35 points in 45 games after putting up 99 points in 82 games last year. At 26 years old, he's also got a moveable contract with no trade protection and a cap hit of $6.75million through the 2021-22 season.


Source: Elliotte Friedman - 31 Thoughts