Calgary GM Brad Treliving rips James Neal in post season press conference

This season was James Neal's worst season in his career. Failing to attain the 20-goal mark like the past 10 consecutive seasons, and scoring less than 20 points. He's not what Calgary anticipated when they signed him last season.

During a post-season press conference, GM Brad Treliving wasn't happy with how the season went for Neal.
I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to say this isn't how we projected things to go, Treliving told Kristen Anderson when asked about James Neal.
Neal signed a 5-year, $28.75 million contract last July after deciding to leave the Vegas Golden Knights via free agency. However, the veteran wants to produce with the team and remain a roster player.
I want to be a top-six guy who is counted one to score goals. Neal told Kristen Anderson of Postmedia. I want to be an impact player. I've scored 20-plus goals in every one of my years except this year. I know I can get back to being the type of player. I've never had to go through that [being a healthy scratch] in my career. That was a tough pill to swallow. For me, I think, going forward, you take it. Be honest with yourself, and come back and have something to prove. It's tough when you're not producing like you should be.
GM Brad Treliving admitted that he will remain commited to Neal and hopes that next season is a better season.
 James is very accountable, Treliving stated. James didn't sign here to be a scratch in Game 5 of the first round. I think he's going to pull up his boot strings and be better, but how do we help him too? There's two parties involved, the player and the team. We both want him to be successful.

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