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Here's every move GM Treliving has made at trade deadline


Traditionally, at this time of the year, Brad Treliving rarely takes the bait.

That is, the Calgary Flames general manager doesn’t typically buy into the wheeling and dealing that occurs around the National Hockey League deadline.

Treliving’s time to shine is usually a few months later — at the NHL Draft — but that doesn’t mean that, with his team currently in a dogfight for positioning in the Pacific Division (and a deeper analysis of his core group likely going on behind the scenes), he could make a splash Monday.

It’s no secret that he and his staff are seeking a scoring winger to help bolster the team’s chances. And, with captain Mark Giordano and Travis Hamonic sidelined , Treliving is likely kicking tires on a depth defencemen. Treliving is always kicking tires, it seems.

But combing through every materialized decision since Treliving took the reins of the organization ahead of the 2014-15 NHL season, you’ll see that it hasn’t been where he improves his club.

Perhaps it’s time to pull the trigger and see what the opposite approach does?

Or not.

2014-15

RECORD AT THE TRADE DEADLINE:

33-25-4, 3rd in the Pacific Division, 8th in the Western Conference

WHAT HE DID:

  • Shipped W Sven Baertschi, the 13th overall selection at 2011 NHL Draft, to the Vancouver Canucks for a 2015 second-round pick (which turned into D Rasmus Anderssson at 53rd overall)
  • Traded W Curtis Glencross to the Washington Capitals for 2015 second-round pick (which turned into D Jeremy Lauzon and 2015 third-round pick (which turned into W Jens Looke)
  • Claimed D David Schlemko off waivers from the Dallas Stars

WHAT HE SAID BACK THEN:

“Nobody wants to have success this year more than I do … but we’re still in the early stages of resetting our team.”

WHAT HAPPENED:

Without Giordano, the Flames finished third in the Pacific Division at 45-30-7 and beat the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of playoffs. Then, they were bounced by the Anaheim Ducks in the second round.

2015-16

RECORD AT THE TRADE DEADLINE:

26-32-7, 6th in the Pacific Division, 13th in the Western Conference

WHAT HE DID:

  • Traded W Markus Granlund to Vancouver Canucks for W Hunter Shinkaruk
  • Traded RW Jiri Hudler to the Florida Panthers for a second-round pick in 2016 (which turned into Tyler Parsons at 54th overall) and a fourth-rounder in 2018 (which turned into F Demetrios Koumontzis at 108)
  • Traded D Kris Russell to the Dallas Stars for D Jyrki Jokipakka, prospect LW Brett Pollock, and a 2016 conditional round pick (first-rounder if Stars advance to third round of 2016 playoffs and Russell plays at least half the games in Rounds 1 and 2 or else a second-rounder) that turned into F Dillon Dube at 56th overall
  • Traded RW David Jones to the Minnesota Wild for G Niklas Backstrom and a 2016 sixth-round pick (which turned into F Matthew Phillips at 166th overall)

WHAT HE SAID BACK THEN:

“We’re going to grow this organization. So there was no deviation. We weren’t pivoting at 11:30 to say, ‘OK, what about this idea?’ We had a plan going in. This isn’t just me. This is a staff. This staff’s been working hard at it. The scouts have been putting in the time. We tried to execute … Did we get it right? We’ll see. You guys can write and tell stories about that. We really like the return. We like the players we got. We like the picks we got. Having four picks in the first two rounds … it gives us some bullets.”

WHAT HAPPENED:

Missed playoffs and fired head coach Bob Hartley and associate coach Jacques Cloutier.

2016-17

RECORD AT THE TRADE DEADLINE:

34-26-4, 4th in the Pacific Division, 7th in the Western Conference (and riding a five-game win streak)

WHAT HE DID:

  • Signed free-agent D Matt Bartkowski to a two-year, $1.2-million two-way contract before trade deadline
  • Traded for D Michael Stone with the Arizona Coyotes and sent the Flames’ third-round pick in 2017 (which turned into G Stuart Skinner) and a conditional fifth-round pick (if Stone re-signs with the Flames before the start of 2017-18, which turned into G Akira Schmid at 136)
  • Waived D Jyrki Jokipakka
  • Traded for F Curtis Lazar and D Mike Kostka and sent Jokipakka and a 2017 second-round pick (which turned into LW Alex Formenton) to the Ottawa Senators

WHAT HE SAID BACK THEN:

“A lot of today is about the belief we have in this group — it’s a message we believe in them. We have a good chemistry and mix right now. We weren’t really interested in betting heavy on the rental market. There was a thinness to it. We checked in and looked at the process, and for us right now, the more prudent move if we were going to spend an asset was making a long-term play. It’s not just what’s best for the team next game but next year and beyond.”

WHAT HAPPENED:

The Flames’ stars were absent in a four-game sweep by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of playoffs.

2017-18

RECORD AT THE TRADE DEADLINE:

32-22-9, 5th in the Pacific Division, 9th in the Western Conference

WHAT HE DID:

  • Signed free agent D Cody Goloubef to a one-year, two-way contract for organizational depth
  • Claimed RW Chris Stewart off waivers from Minnesota Wild
  • Acquired C Nick Shore in a trade with the Ottawa Senators for a seventh-round pick in 2019 (which turned into C Tyler Angle at 212)

WHAT HE SAID BACK THEN:

“The difficulty in sport is, sometimes tomorrow doesn’t come. I’m not a big believer in, ‘Oh, everything’s OK — let’s wait until tomorrow.’ Our core is a young group, and that young group played in the playoffs two years ago. I think you have to be careful of saying, ‘It’s OK boys, there’s always tomorrow,’ because tomorrow doesn’t happen in pro sports. You’ve got an opportunity now, so make the most of where you’re at. You come to the trade deadline and you have to read where you’re at. We looked at a lot of things today and nothing else made sense, in terms of improving our team for now or the future. But we’ve got a group here that’s capable of doing it, regardless of their age.”

WHAT HAPPENED:

The Flames finished the season 37-35-10, missed the post-season and fired head coach Glen Gulutzan and assistants Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard. Treliving hired Bill Peters as head coach six days later.

2018-19

RECORD AT THE TRADE DEADLINE:

39-16-7, 1st in the Pacific Division, 1st in the Western Conference

WHAT HE DID:

  • Traded for D Oscar Fantenberg, sending a 2020 conditional round pick to the L.A. Kings

WHAT HE SAID BACK THEN:

“I said coming into this deadline, our goal was to try to help our team without taking off of our team. But that caveat was always there that we weren’t prepared to move Juuso Valimaki, we weren’t prepared to move Rasmus Andersson, we weren’t prepared to go deep into first-round picks … And that was the ask for a lot of people out there. You always want to come into the deadline when you’re in the position that we are and try to help your team. But there is a limit, too. We were not going to sit here and for very short-term help impact the long term of this team.

“Our plan all along was probably we were going to be standing pat. So this is not a disappointing day at all. We like our group. If we could give ’em more, great, but it wasn’t at all costs. So I’m not necessarily surprised and I’m certainly not disappointed. I really like the group we have.”

WHAT HAPPENED:

The Flames were the best team in the Western Conference heading into the playoffs and finished the regular season 50-25-7. They were bounced in the first round in five games at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche.

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