According to TSN’s Bob MacKenzie, Phoenix Coyotes assistant GM Brad Treliving will be named the next GM of the Calgary Flames tomorrow. This is a great move by the organization.
Treliving has been Don Maloney’s right-hand man in Phoenix and is a very knowledgeable hockey mind. He played the game himself and even ran the Central League for seven years before coming to the Coyotes, where he ran both AHL Portland and the team’s scouting department.
It will be interesting to see what Treliving can do in Calgary, since the Coyotes were always constrained by financial issues. He and Maloney still managed to take an also-ran franchise and turn it into a contender when they teamed up in 2007-08, getting the Coyotes into the playoffs two seasons later and even winning a division title in 2011-12.
In Calgary, he’ll have a lot more cap space to play with than he had in the past, plus his chance to put a stamp on an organization that is in the midst of a big rebuild. The Flames made three first-round picks last year and the top prize, center Sean Monahan, has already made a huge impact. Calgary will pick fourth overall in 2014 and in a year where the top echelon of players goes at least four deep (Sam Reinhart, Aaron Ekblad, Sam Bennett and Leon Draisaitl), if not five, (Michael Dal Colle) Treliving will be able to add another excellent asset.
Some of the best young names taken during Treliving’s era in Phoenix include Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Mikkel Boedker and on-the-cusp defensemen Brandon Gormley and Connor Murphy. Treliving is originally from Penticton, B.C., so the Flames even get a Western Canadian, to boot. The 44-year-old was also a candidate for the Buffalo Sabres GM job that eventually went to Tim Murray.