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Spezza to Calgary rumors: ‘That’s 100% fantasy island,’ says Flames GM

Jun 17, 2014, 8:55 PM EST

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Brian Burke is usually good for a few good one-liners. Apparently, so too is Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving, especially when it comes to what the rumor mill is churning out.

There was a rumor going around that the Flames had made a bid to land veteran skilled center Jason Spezza in a trade with the Ottawa Senators. Treliving shot down the validity of the report – which came out of the Ottawa Sun and, citing “league sources”, suggested the Flames have offered up Jiri Hudler and Mikael Backlund, as well as a draft pick.

“It’s categorically false,” Treliving told the Calgary Sun.

“I haven’t made any such offers. That’s 100% fantasy island. I saw it early Sunday online and had to read it a couple times and had to remind myself ‘oh ya I’m the Flames GM. Interesting.’’

Spezza, 31, scored 23 goals and 66 points this season for the Senators, the only National Hockey League team he’s played for.

However, it appears he could be on the move, especially since he has requested a trade out of Ottawa.

With a modified no-movement clause in his current contract, which is for seven years and an annual cap hit of $7 million, Spezza has given the Senators a list of 10 teams he will not accept a trade to. It’s been reported that the list includes the other six Canadian teams.

  1. edog9897 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    spezza as a rental isnt worth those two players without a draft pick
    spezza wont put us in the playoffs and likely wont resign
    Spezza is a bandaid and cant be relied upon as a #1 center because of that
    Treliving is not this stupid.

  2. storminator16 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Of course, it was a made up fantasy of Bruce Garrioch. I’m glad a GM called him out on his non-sense. All of his “rumors” are just fabrications on his part.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:08 PM

      I wondered if it was Garrioch, that guy is awful, he was fired from HNIC because of the fact that he had always “heard rumblings” of these ridiculous rumors that no one else had ever heard.

      If Treliving gave that up for a 30 year old going into his final year he should be fired on the spot, Backlund is a very good two way centre who just had a huge breakout season and Hudler is the Flames best offensive player and one of their best chips to deal.

  3. luz56 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    Hudler is on the block… Bad attitude in dressing room

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      I’ve never heard anything like that, in fact it always sounds like he’s quite popular with his teammates in Calgary. I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s on the block because he’s one of the Flames most valuable chips to deal at this point.

  4. canuckinamerica - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Spezza has already said he does not want to play for a Canadian team. Much like he did not the past few years with the Sens.

    • dueman - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      That too, was reported by Garrioch, and the Ottawa Sun. In other words, it’s pure garbage written by a hack journalist. (and I use the term journalist loosely)

  5. esracerx46 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    In Dadoun’s article it said Calgary, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Vancouver were on Spezza’s no trade list. He speculated that Murray didn’t want to trade him to Toronto or Montreal.

    If Toronto or Montreal offer the biggest return on Spezza he would be a stubborn fool not to take it just because they’re division rivals. The Senators most likely aren’t going to compete for a cup, so the notion of helping out your enemies will hurt you is hogwash. Either team would have home for 1 year before he could sign anywhere he wants. So you might as well take the talent and hurt your enemies for years to come. Sort of like what the Rangers did to the Habs when they got McDonagh

  6. bleedrangerblue - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    That’s captain Mcdonagh….

    • esracerx46 - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      Was unaware he was already wearing the “C”

  7. r8rbhawk - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    What about “dry island”

  8. luz56 - Jun 18, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    Just a very good insider who also said Wideman and Baertisch too

  9. canada2014gold - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    Lol that’s good, I don’t want him in Van

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