After seven years as an NHL assistant general manager with the Phoenix Coyotes, Brad Treliving is coming up on eight years as the General Manager of the Calgary Flames. He was hired in April of 2014. Time flies. He and his team are in town to take on the Vancouver Canucks Thursday night.
Right now his team is flying. The Flames started their ten game win streak with an overtime victory against the Canucks back on January 29th. Vancouver would like to end what they started. The Flames are in first place in the NHL’s Pacific Division with 66 points, the Canucks are in sixth place with 54. Vancouver is five points out of a playoff spot.
“Tree” as he’s referred to by some has a background as a hockey entrepreneur. He started the old Western Professional Hockey League, eventually merged it with the Central Hockey League, before moving on to higher pastures with the NHL Coyotes.
As it stands he has one of the teams considered a threat to win the Stanley Cup. The Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk line combo is one of the most dangerous in the league. The club features a number of former Vancouver Canucks including goalie Jacob Markstrom, defencemen Chris Tanev and Erik Gudbranson and forward Tyler Toffoli.
Markstrom, Tanev and Toffoli were all in Vancouver as recently as the 2020 playoffs, Toffoli as a rental. Tanev spent the first ten years of his career with the Canucks. Gudbranson left at the trade deadline in 2019 in a deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins for Tanner Pearson.
Treliving talks about the streak, those former Vancouver Canucks returning to town with his club, what his team does or does not need, Covid, hiring former Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray as a scout, and his Kyle Dubas glasses.
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