Given the extended time it took Brad Treliving to decide the fate of his coach, the Calgary Flames GM felt the need to clarify that Geoff Ward wasn’t handed a two-year extension by default.

On Monday the 58-year-old rightfully had the interim tag lifted following extensive meetings with management and ownership to confirm Treliving’s long-held belief the longtime Bruins assistant coach is the best man for the job.

“I want to be real clear – Geoff is not the coach here because it’s the path of least resistance or just because he was here,” said Treliving. “You want to make sure you’ve got the very best person for the position. That’s why I wanted to step back and have those conversations with him about where we’re at and where we’re going and how we’re going to get there.

“Having been here, he knows the group. Some of the steps we’ve taken are largely because of Geoff. I wanted to be thorough.”

Treliving refused to get into whether that thoroughness included chats with Peter Laviolette, Mike Babcock, Bruce Boudreau or Gerard Gallant.