The Calgary Flames have some important decisions to make this summer, but they locked down a key one early: keeping Brad Treliving around as GM.
Treliving signed a “multi-year extension” with the Flames on Monday.
“We are striving to create a level of continuity and stability, as all successful teams do,” Flames president and innovator of ties Brian Burke said. “Today’s announcement is another step forward for our organization on that path. Under Brad’s leadership, we have seen progress over the past three seasons and look forward to building on that growth in the coming years.”
Before Treliving took over, the Flames missed the playoffs for five consecutive seasons. During his three years at the helm, they’ve made it to the playoffs two of three times, winning one playoff round back in 2014-15.
There might be some sour feelings from getting swept by the Anaheim Ducks, but the overall feeling is pretty positive.
Calgary already locked down key components such as Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Mark Giordano and Dougie Hamilton to mostly solid deals. There have been some solid hits in the draft, with Matthew Tkachuk already showing dividends as a scorer-pest.
Even the clunkier moves really aren’t all bad.
Some might not be happy with Chad Johnson and Brian Elliott in 2016-17, yet they came into the season with impressive numbers. Maybe most importantly, Treliving didn’t panic and give them immediate extensions, instead making sure that they’re the right guys for the job.
Now the Flames can either bring back one or both while assessing a fairly robust goalie market. Some bad contracts (such as the cap hits of Dennis Wideman and Deryk Engelland) are also coming off the books, putting the Flames in an interesting position to go from good to great.
Calgary is putting its faith behind Treliving to make those additional strides.