With the way forward for his three greatest stars in query, Brad Treliving felt snug setting the report straight on one in all them Monday.
Requested if a hearsay suggesting Matthew Tkachuk needed a commerce was correct, the Flames GM chuckled on the supply.
“You recognize the place that got here from?” requested Treliving of current hypothesis supplied up by former Flames defenceman Shane O’Brien, who advised Sirius XM’s Steve Kouleas, “I heard Tkachuk desires out of Calgary.”
“There’s nothing to it,” added Treliving in a cellphone name Monday.
Treliving wasn’t practically as forthcoming when requested about Johnny Gaudreau and Mark Giordano.
Sportsnet has realized the Flames and Gaudreau’s agent, Lewis Gross, have began talks with a watch on a doable contract extension previous subsequent season.
Gaudreau reiterated in his season-ending Zoom name he’d wish to signal with the Flames long-term, which he’s eligible to do July 28 – the identical day the 27-year-old has a no-trade clause that kicks in, limiting the variety of groups the Flames may commerce him to within the closing 12 months of his deal to 5 golf equipment of his selecting.
Thus, there’s a college of thought suggesting the Flames both want to increase him or commerce him earlier than that date.
Treliving wouldn’t delve into the Gaudreau scenario, however did tackle the notion that somebody from his core group of underachieving gamers must be traded this summer season to impact vital change.
“You may stand on the rooftop and say, ‘We need to change,’ however it takes two to tango for that too – you want to discover a dance accomplice,” stated Treliving, who has touched base with colleagues across the league to gauge curiosity in a raft of his gamers coming off disappointing seasons.
“I’m definitely open to exploring any avenue out there to make our workforce higher. We didn’t meet the expectations we had of our workforce, so we’ve acquired to take a look at how we are able to make it higher.”
One participant doubtless on his approach out is Giordano, who’s the prime candidate to be snapped up by Seattle in subsequent week’s growth draft.
The lack of the workforce’s prime defender definitely gained’t make the Flames a extra aggressive membership. Fairly the opposite. However does it make any sense to pay the type of ransom the Kraken can be searching for to keep away from ending Giordano’s storybook run in Calgary, the place he’s beloved as a captain and group chief?
Giordano is properly conscious he gained’t be protected forward of defencemen Rasmus Andersson, Noah Hanifin and Chris Tanev, saying at his exit interviews he must have some “grownup conversations” with Treliving main as much as the submission of protected lists this Saturday.
These chats have been ongoing.
“I’m not going to get into any of these conversations — these are between Gio and I,” stated Treliving, who’s in a troublesome spot having to both lose his finest defenceman or pay upwards of a first- or second-rounder to maintain him.
“As we get in direction of placing in lists and all the remainder of it we talk to our guys the way in which we usually would. Him and I’ve had plenty of conversations. We’ll see the place every part goes right here within the subsequent little bit. I’ve stored Gio apprised of stuff and we speak usually. That’s not something new. With the growth stuff, we’ll see how all that performs out. Typically you’ve acquired to make powerful calls.”
Certainly, this can require one of many hardest, given Giordano’s age (37) and all he’s meant to the workforce and metropolis.
Seattle will title its roster with nice fanfare July 21. It is doubtless Giordano shall be entrance and centre that day.
In different enterprise, Treliving confirmed he has re-signed assistant GMs Craig Conroy, Brad Pascall and Chris Snow. On Monday he named his head coach in Stockton, Mitch Love.
“That job is a improvement job and I feel he’s going to do very well at it due to his character and a focus to element and his potential to speak and join with guys,” stated Treliving, who recollects Love from his junior and minor league hockey days when the undersized winger was well-respected for a lot of issues, together with his fearlessness in preventing gamers a lot greater than him.
“He’s demanding. He’s acquired an ‘it’ issue.”
Love has additionally frolicked teaching Canada’s Beneath-17 and Beneath-18 groups, in addition to the nation’s final two world junior workforce entries the place he labored with Flames first-rounders Connor Zary and Jakob Pelletier. Each kids will play for the 37-year-old Love this season.
Treliving remains to be laborious at work making an attempt to signal yet another skilled ahead to fulfill the league’s growth necessities for uncovered gamers.
The expectation is that participant shall be rugged winger Brett Ritchie, a camp addition final 12 months on the league minimal, who grew to become a favorite of Darryl Sutter’s.