Brad Treliving holds court with media prior to trade deadline

Just 48 hours prior to the National Hockey League trade deadline, Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving held court with local media in the cozy confines of the Scotiabank Saddledome. The availability didn’t contain many news bombshells and seemingly served to calm things down a bit.

Here’s a quick rundown of what Treliving had to say in his last media availability prior to the trade deadline.

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Some injury updates

Mike Smith (lower-body) is still day-to-day. The IR assignment is just to open a roster spot. Kris Versteeg (hip) is skating and they should have a more definitive timeline for him within the next few days. He’s currently week-to-week. Micheal Ferland’s injury is an upper-body issue, but not expected to be long-term.

The trade deadline

Price tags are quite high in the trade market right now.

On looking to recoup the draft picks they’ve traded away: “We’re always looking at certain things.”

Treliving noted that the organization has several open contract spots on their 50-deal limit which should allow them to pursue college free agents (the team has a few identified) or to sign Adam Fox. They currently have 46 active contracts, so they can add four more without going over the limit.

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The season so far

Responding to a question about the team performance, Treliving noted that some individuals have performed below their potential. He expanded a bit on this on a subsequent question:

A pending signing

Treliving mentioned that the club will be upgrading an AHL-contracted player to an NHL contract. He joked that the player is in Pyeongchang rather than Stockton right now, which means it’s Olympic bronze medalist Cody Goloubef. He’s a 28-year-old right shot defender who has 17 points in 34 games with Stockton this season playing primarily in their top four behind Rasmus Andersson. He gives the team some veteran right-shot depth, along the same lines of Dalton Prout.

  • snotss

    yes some players are not performing….but bt that’s” your” head coach that has screwed up this season….gg should have been fired months ago…playing players who should not have been playing[brouwer-stajan- etc] the dismal special teams for most of the year…the piss poor home record which is nothing but pathetic..the home record alone should have got him his walking papers…no bt waited and now they are in real danger of not even making the playoffs,what a waste of promising year…ugh!!!!!!

    • supra steve

      Yes, the Flames are in real danger of not making the playoffs. How many clubs in our division or even the Western conference are comfortably “in” the playoffs? Three? Even those three clubs are one losing skid away from joining the rest of the pack.

      I’m with you in that I’d like to have that playoff spot all but assured, but is that entirely realistic when you consider the relative parity in the league this year? I don’t think it is.

  • Stockton's Finest

    I would guess a 2-year, 2-way contract for between $750,000 – $800,000 a year (NHL scale).

    On a 2-way contract, what is the AHL hit on that, 20% – 25% of NHL money? I do not know that answer.

  • RKD

    This team needs to put it all together, it can’t a piece here and piece there. Once all the pieces are together then it should be repeating itself. I’m more concerned about how we start games and give up early goals. I can’t see him making any big splashes. We all want another top 6 forward but I think more likely it will be a depth forward if any. Don’t give up picks and good prospects if the club is fighting on the playoff bubble.

  • The Beej

    Cody Goloubef. Interesting. That could mean Stone is on the move. Having a RH RD in the AHL as additional depth would help to enable Rasmus moving up. I think one concern has been if you trade Stone what happens if Hamonic or Hamilton get injured. A Cody Goloubef on the third pair might do in a pinch.