June 25 2016 07:00AM
In the run-up to the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft, we heard all kinds of crazy rumours about the Calgary Flames. In short? The Flames had been connected to basically every team, pursuing every goalie, and were going to trade everything to get everything else.
What ended up happening was a lot less scary, and much more befitting the poker player that is Flames General Manager Brad Treliving: they used their first round pick to grab Matthew Tkachuk and traded their best second round pick to St. Louis to land themselves goalie Brian Elliott.
They needed a starting goaltender and some additional high-end forwards. They got a starting goaltender and a high-end forward. Now they turn the page towards the second day of the NHL Draft (which begins at 8 a.m. MT).
June 24 2016 11:45PM
Round one of the the 2016 NHL Draft is signed, sealed, and delivered and the Calgary Flames did not disappoint. Not only did the Flames enjoy the good fortune of having Matthew Tkachuk fall to them at six overall, they were also able to acquire goaltender Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues for a reasonable price. With round two just around the corner, here are the biggest questions after round one.
June 24 2016 10:52PM
According to Brad Treliving, Matthew Tkachuk and Brian Elliott have something crucial in common: character.
"I like the players we added today," Treliving said, following a productive first round of the draft. "I like the makeup, the DNA of them, too. Those kind of guys help you win, and I think that's important."
It's safe to say the Flames had a very good day.
June 24 2016 08:34PM
He didn't go first overall - he went sixth. But it's possible Matthew Tkachuk was the happiest draftee of them all when the Calgary Flames called his name. He simply could not stop gushing about how excited he was to be a Flame - and it didn't sound quite like the things you'd expect a draft pick to say.
"I have 80, 100 friends and family here that are so excited for me because deep down they know how much I loved Calgary, and how good of a fit it is," Tkachuk said. He then added: "They're smart hockey people so they know what's good and what's not so good, and they know Calgary is the spot to be."
High, high praise for his new team.
June 24 2016 06:15PM
Brad Treliving stated that he would not leave the first round without a goalie. He fulfilled that promise. Mere minutes after drafting Matthew Tkachuk, the Flames have solved their biggest offseason need by acquiring St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott. In return, the Flames give up the 35th overall pick and a conditional 2018 third round pick.