More than four months after the Calgary Flames fired Jay Feaster as general manager, the club has hired his replacement. Brad Treliving, longtime assistant general manager of the Phoenix Coyotes, will take the reins as GM in Calgary, the club announced Monday.
Treliving has been working alongside Don Maloney, who has done a remarkable job in Phoenix despite ownership uncertainty and tight budgets, for seven years with the Coyotes. He also held the title of vice president of hockey operations.
Prior to his role with the Coyotes, Treliving was president of the Central Hockey League, a single-A style minor league in the U.S. He has been in hockey administration for his entire professional life after wrapping up a playing career that spanned across Canadian junior and minor leagues.
The Calgary dynamic may be a bit different with Brian Burke running things as club president. Though Burke has maintained the GM will make the hockey decisions, it wouldn't be a shock to anyone that the Flames president would have some serious input in how the team is built.
Treliving has been a hot name for open general manager jobs, reportedly interviewing for the opening in Boston. With the Capitals looking for a new GM, competition for the Flames was about to ramp up.
According to his Coyotes bio, Treliving's duties included serving as the general manager of the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Portland Pirates, managing the amateur and pro scouting staffs and he was responsible for all player personnel assignments to the minor leagues. He was also consulted on all team personnel decisions.
The job in Calgary is a tough one. There are some pieces in place that should help the club improve over the future, but the prospect pipeline needs some restocking. There's also the looming decision about pending unrestricted free agents Mike Cammalleri and Chris Butler. The first priority, however, will likely be the draft in which Calgary holds the fourth-overall selection. In that spot they should be landing an impact prospect, potentially one that could step right into the lineup next season.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out, with the Burke dynamic and a first-time general manager with quite a construction job ahead of him. Treliving is well-respected, however, and has dealt with difficult situations in the past. The task ahead could be his toughest yet, though.