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Flames Open to Moving a Core Player in Trade

According to GM Brad Treliving, the Calgary Flames aren’t afraid to move a core piece of their roster if it will make the team better.

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Saying, “We’re not done” and noting, “We don’t expect this is the team we’ll go to training camp with”, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving is still looking to make additional moves this offseason. The question is, with what money, with which team, and using what players?

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According to Eric Francis of Sportsnet, with just under $4 million in salary cap space, the Flames might have to get creative if they’re actively trying to make big changes and that could mean altering the core of the team. Up until now, a deal hasn’t presented itself that the GM likes, but that doesn’t mean Treliving has stopped looking.

Treliving was one of the biggest spenders in Day 1 of NHL free agency. He grabbed Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom to be the team’s new starting goaltender for the next six seasons and gave defenseman Chris Tanev a four-year deal worth a pretty penny as well. Those were big additions that will alter the makeup of the group. But what about at forward?

There were rumors out there that perhaps Johnny Gaudreau could be on the move but Francis notes that’s unlikely now even if Treliving is all ears should someone come calling. For now, deals will more likely include depth pieces. “We’re going to look to add character individuals to play hard roles like PK, ” Treliving said. The idea is to add character.

Always Looking to Make the Team Better

Calgary’s GM has proven he’s not afraid to make moves and he’ll continue to seek out ways to improve the team via trade. Treliving explained:

“We have taken steps. But if I can do something to make our team better I’ll act on it. We haven’t made a deal because we haven’t found one that’s made us better yet. But at the same time it doesn’t necessarily mean we’re done. It’s a hard question to answer. I think it’s a very close-knit group, but I’m not going to sit here and not make a deal because they’re tight-knit.”

In other words, if someone comes calling on Gaudreau, or someone like Sean Monahan, he’ll listen. Will that trade ever materialize? It’s hard to know in this new flat cap NHL but should it, Treliving has proven, he isn’t afraid to pull the trigger.

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