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Flames reach out to Panthers about first pick

Jun 8, 2014, 3:11 PM EDT


You can count Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving among those who are actively showing an interest in the first pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He’s been in touch with Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon, who previously said that he would “definitely” shop the top pick.

“Now is the time that all of those conversations are happening,” Treliving told the “We’re going to keep pounding away and try to get a sense of what other teams are thinking. For the most part, teams have gotten through their meetings. They’ve done their preparation for the draft. The talk between managers is increasing. We’ll see where it goes.”

Calgary controls the fourth overall selection and the Toronto Maple Leafs, eighth overall, are also believed to be interested in moving up. As we previously discussed, it’s feasible that Tallon might actually trade down twice in order to maximize the Panthers’ haul.

Treliving has cautioned that he won’t go crazy trying to secure the top pick, but if he succeeds it will be the first time in the franchise’s history that they’ll get to pick first.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    C’mon Treliving, go get Ekblad!

  2. luz56 - Jun 8, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Not sure what the asking price is to move from 4 down to 1?? I know that Hudler Wideman and Baertschi are available.. There’s a good player sitting there at 4 without giving up the farm…

  3. garybrian - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    What’s so great about this draft anyway. I hear it really doesn’t have that super star type player like there has been in the past or even next years draft.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      you never know how a prospect will turn out till they hit the ice. superstars a incredibly few and far between

      All we have now are “projections”. I guarantee you there will be surprises found everywhere in the top 30 – 7 rounds.

      2009 MN Wild 7th rounder Erik Haula is looking great, he wasn’t projected to make the team, ever.

    • mattzachary2014 - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      Unless you’re the Wings. No one has had more success in drafting than they have year in and year out. Many of their picks that came after the first round played in Detroit.

  4. AppealToReason - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    I think the Flames are fine at 4th. They’ll get one of the top three because I have a feeling Edmonton is taking Draisaitl unless they can get Ekblad.

    I wouldn’t trade up if I was them. If I was Vancouver, Isles or Canes, I’d definitely look at moving up though. I think people are really downplaying how good both Bennett and Reinhart are. Reinhart had 100+ points on a pretty average Kootenay team and its not all that often you really see guys put up seasons like that in the WHL. Usually only like 5 players a year do that in the W and rarely ever is it a 17yr old.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:53 PM

      I think they’d only consider it if they can get to 1 and get Ekblad but from listening to the Fan 960 (Flames radio) and everyone who covers the team and Burke’s comments on Thursday it sounds like they’d be happy with any of the 3 forwards.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:57 PM

      Reinhart has a lot of draw her, his dad played for the Flames, his brother is in the organization and the Flames watched him firsthand destroy the Hitmen in the first round of the playoffs. I don’t think they’d hesitate to take him.

      I also loved Burke’s comment about Bennett ‘s performance at the combine: “he didn’t do a pull up but I’ve been around hockey for a long time and I have yet to see a game that has a pull up station. He’s a mean SOB and is a good hockey player, he’s like Doug Gilmour”

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      Agree…and you have three of the worst franchises drafting in front of you. One will do something stupid and you can still land a good player

  5. ray2013 - Jun 9, 2014 at 3:04 AM

    How much of this is realistic and how much is just smoke? It’s draft time. Everyone wants to put on a show for the fans to show they are making an effort. And how much would they need to trade to get the pick? Seems like part of the regular off-season hustle where the teams talk a lot about making changes, but few actually do. “We looked into it but the asking price was too high.” So the fans will give them credit for trying without them actually doing anything. Pretty obvious I’m a cynic when it comes to most trade talk. I’d guess that the ones who actually make trades are the ones we WON’T hear from.

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