Breaking news out of the Saddledome this morning: the Calgary Flames have announced that Brad Treliving and the organization have mutually parted ways. Treliving’s contract as general manager expires at the end of June and he will not be extended by the Flames. Don Maloney has been promoted to the role of President of Hockey Operations and Interim General Manager, however the team will search for a new GM.
Brad Treliving’s time with the Flames
Treliving was hired as the Flames’ GM in 2014 and was the sixth longest-tenured GM in the NHL. He is highly regarded as one of the best GMs in the league and will likely have many suitors for his services.
Over his time with the Flames, Treliving oversaw the additions of Jonathan Huberdeau, MacKenzie Weegar, Tyler Toffoli, Elias Lindholm, Noah Hanifin, and Dougie Hamilton; drafted Rasmus Andersson, Oliver Kylington, Andrew Mangiapane, Matthew Tkachuk, Dillon Dube, Adam Fox, Matthew Phillips, Jakob Pelletier, Dustin Wolf, Connor Zary, Jeremie Poirier, and Matt Coronato.
There were many reasons for and against Treliving to return as the GM of the Flames, but ultimately it was solely up to him. Reports suggest that Flames ownership did want to extend Treliving’s contract but Treliving chose to pursue options elsewhere. His big gamble this offseason to sign Huberdeau to an eight-year contract worth $10.5M per year was the target of harsh criticism from Flames fans after Huberdeau’s incredibly frustrating and lacklustre season in Calgary.
Treliving has been instrumental in constructing the current Flames roster and despite his departure, his fingerprints will be on this team for many, many years to come.
Don Maloney’s time with the Flames
Maloney has served as Senior Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations with the Flames for the past six years after joining the team back in 2016 as a Pro Scout.
In their press release, the Flames stated: “The process to secure the services of the Flames next General Manager will begin immediately.” Maloney will no doubt play a big part in the new GM search.
As of right now, it appears that Darryl Sutter will remain the head coach of the Flames, though this could change in the coming weeks as the offseason rolls on.