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Treliving introduced as Calgary’s new GM, says Flames ‘need to get bigger’

Apr 28, 2014, 5:56 PM EDT


The Calgary Flames introduced Brad Treliving as their new general manager today.

According to Brian Burke, the club’s president of hockey operations, Treliving “has been identified as the top young guy in the business and it’s evident that he has prepared carefully for this day, acquiring extensive front office experience in all areas.”

Treliving — who comes over from the Phoenix Coyotes’ front office, where he worked under Don Maloney — will report to Burke and be responsible for all team personnel decisions.

Some brief highlights from Treliving’s introductory press conference, which also featured Burke:

— Bob Hartley “will be the coach of this team,” said Treliving, confirming what Burke said earlier in the month.

— “I think we need to get bigger,” said Treliving, echoing what Burke said last year.

— Treliving believes the Flames have a legitimate number-one goalie in Karri Ramo.

— Treliving was the only candidate that was interviewed for the position. (Burke didn’t expect the Coyotes to grant permission to speak to Treliving until after the draft. When they did grant permission, the Flames had a “tight window” to hire him, and did so.)

— Is the new GM a believer in analytics? “You’re always trying to find information. … We’ll be leading the league in digging for information.” Though ultimately he believes you still have to go watch the player.

— Treliving on the experience he gained working for a budget-conscious team like the Coyotes: “We had to make smart decisions. … Without smart decisions, we had a noose.”

  1. luz56 - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Young and hungry…..Flames are headed in the right direction with some if the talent Feaster stocked them with….got to hit this years draft… Glad the Oilers are still clinging to the “25 years ago news makers”

  2. matt14gg - Apr 28, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Love “Johnny Hockey”, but you’re not getting “bigger” with guys like Johnny Gaudreau who is about 150 lbs.

    • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 28, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      Nope but even on a team looking to get bigger Gaudreau’s abilities will be welcomed. The kid is too talented to not be given a chance in the NHL. It’s ridiculous to say he’s the next St. Louis, however the Flames don’t wanna make the same mistake they did with Marty.

      • matt14gg - Apr 28, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        Yeah, exactly…his talent is off the charts. He thinks the game the way Gretzky did…you know, not where the puck/play is, but where it’s going to be. But even as far as a St. Louis comparison he needs to get wayyy stronger. I’ve met Gaudreau, and spoken to him for a decent amount of time and it really hits you in person, without equipment on, how small/slight he is. It actually makes you marvel even more at what a hockey savant he is…but even in today’s NHL, where speed is king, he needs to have some serious beef around him to protect him and let him be the player he can be.

  3. jeffr85392 - Apr 28, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    My Coyotes loss is Calgary’s gain. Smart move, Mr. Burke.

  4. luz56 - Apr 28, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Peter Maher is gone as the Flames play by play guy

  5. blue21c - Apr 29, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Remember Brad Treliving playing for the Columbus Chill!!!

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