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A brief history of Brad Treliving’s trades

The National Hockey League’s trade deadline is nearly upon us. Past behaviour is a great predictor of future behaviour, so we’ve dug through Brad Treliving’s trades since he’s become the boss of the Calgary Flames.

2014 trades

Treliving wasn’t very active in 2014, as he was only on the job for seven months of the year and spent much of that time trying to wrap his head around the team and its needs. It’s safe to say that he spent a good amount of this year learning the ropes under Brian Burke.

  • June 28: 2014 third round pick (83rd, Matt Iacopelli) to Chicago for Brandon Bollig
    The Flames had extra picks and Bollig was on his way out of Chicago, but could reasonably be expected to eat up bottom six minutes for a very young, small Flames team.

2015 trades

Treliving began to make more moves after spending some time assessing the Flames’ organizational needs and assets. Pretty much all of the 2015 trades were punting on expiring assets in an attempt to get some future value out of them.

  • Jan. 9: Corban Knight to Florida for Drew Shore
    Trading one of Jay Feaster’s acquisitions for a different asset.
  • March 1: Curtis Glencross to Washington for 2015 second round pick (52nd, traded to Boston) and 2015 third round pick (83rd, traded to Arizona)
    Trading a pending UFA for some futures.
  • March 2: Sven Baertschi to Vancouver for 2015 second round pick (53rd, Rasmus Andersson)
    Trading one of the prior regime’s prized assets for futures. (Let’s be honest, too, Johnny Gaudreau had already surpassed him and it gave them a pick to work with.)
  • June 26: 2015 first round pick (15th, Zach Senyshyn), 2015 second round pick (45th, Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson) and 2015 second round pick (52nd, Jeremy Lauzon) to Boston for Dougie Hamilton
    Packaging assets from prior trades to upgrade the blueline.
  • June 27: 2015 third round pick (76th, Adin Hill) and 2015 third round pick (83rd, Jens Looke) to Arizona for 2015 second round pick (60th, Oliver Kylington)
    Trading up to get a highly-touted prospect.
  • July 1: Max Reinhart to Nashville for conditional 2016 fourth round pick (not converted)
    Giving someone that wasn’t in the team’s plans a chance to play elsewhere.
  • Oct. 4: Conditional 2016 seventh round pick (not converted) to Colorado for Freddie Hamilton
    Giving someone who wasn’t in another team’s plans a chance to play with his brother.
  • Nov. 12: Future considerations to Tampa Bay for Kevin Poulin
    Giving someone who wasn’t in another team’s plans a chance to play.

2016 trades

Treliving continued some savvy moves, primarily trading away expiring assets for draft picks (since it worked so well for him the year prior).

  • Feb. 22: Markus Granlund to Vancouver for Hunter Shinkaruk
    Trading one of Feaster’s picks for a different asset.
  • Feb. 27: Jiri Hudler to Florida for 2016 second round pick (54th, Tyler Parsons) and 2018 fourth round pick (104th, Demetrios Koumontzis)
    Trading a pending UFA for some futures.
  • Feb. 29: Kris Russell to Dallas for Jyrki Jokipakka, Brett Pollock and 2016 second round pick (56th, Dillon Dube)
    Trading a pending UFA for some futures.
  • Feb. 29: David Jones to Minnesota for Niklas Backstrom and 2016 sixth round pick (166th, Matthew Phillips)
    Trading a pending UFA for another expiring contract and a future.
  • June 24: 2016 second round pick (35th, Jordan Kyrou) and conditional 2018 third round pick (not converted) to St. Louis for Brian Elliott
    Packaging assets to upgrade goaltending.
  • June 27: Patrick Sieloff to Ottawa for Alex Chiasson
    The Flames wanted Chiasson, a pending RFA, and Ottawa wanted Sieloff.

2017 trades

After a few years of asset accumulating, Treliving went out and spent assets in 2017 in an effort to add some NHL bodies (and Curtis Lazar).

  • Feb. 20: 2017 third round pick (78th, traded to Edmonton) and conditional 2018 fifth round pick (136th, traded to Washington) to Arizona for Michael Stone
    Packaging assets to add some defensive depth for the playoffs.
  • March 1: Jyrki Jokipakka and 2017 second round pick (47th, Alex Formenton) to Ottawa for Curtis Lazar and Michael Kostka
    Swapping a young defender (and a pick) for another team’s underachieving asset.
  • June 17: Chad Johnson, Brandon Hickey and 2018 third round pick (74th, Niklas Nordgren) to Arizona for Mike Smith
    Packaging assets to upgrade goaltending… again.
  • June 24: 2018 first round pick (12th, Noah Dobson), 2018 second round pick (43rd, Ruslan Iskhakov) and 2019 second round pick (pending) to NY Islanders for Travis Hamonic and 2019 fourth round pick (pending)
    Packaging assets to upgrade the blueline… again.
  • June 29: Keegan Kanzig and 2019 sixth round pick (pending) to Carolina for Ryan Murphy, Eddie Lack and 2019 seventh round pick (pending)
    A swap of depreciating assets in an attempt to get goaltending depth. (Flames bought out Murphy the day after this trade.)
  • July 1: Tom McCollum to Detroit for conditional 2018 seventh round pick (not converted)
    Having fulfilled his purpose – helping the Flames meet expansion draft requirements – McCollum was sent to a farm system with a spot for a goaltender.
  • Dec. 30: Eddie Lack to New Jersey for Dalton Prout
    Having been demoted to the AHL, Lack swapped for minor league defensive depth.

2018 trades

2018 was defined by a bunch of lateral moves, as well as a few instances of the team punting on existing assets in an effort to get some futures (or some farm depth).

  • Feb. 26: 2019 seventh round pick (pending) to Ottawa for Nick Shore
    Paying a low, low price to kick the tires on a potential fourth line center.
  • June 23: 2019 fourth round pick (pending, traded to Los Angeles) to Montreal for 2018 fourth round pick (122nd, Milos Roman)
    Trading into the 2018 NHL Draft to get a player they liked.
  • June 23: Dougie Hamilton, Micheal Ferland and Adam Fox to Carolina for Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin
    Changing up the mix of the team by moving a couple older assets (and a top prospect) for a couple younger assets.
  • Aug. 20: Hunter Shinkaruk to Montreal for Kerby Rychel
    Punting on Shinkaruk, adding a player who needed a change of scenery.
  • Oct. 1: Brett Kulak to Montreal for Matt Taormina and Rinat Valiev
    Opening up an NHL roster spot for Juuso Valimaki and adding some minor league defensive depth.
  • Nov. 27: Morgan Klimchuk to Toronto for Andrew Nielsen
    Punting on Klimchuk, adding a player who needed a change of scenery.

Trends and tendencies

Treliving always makes a trade leading up to the deadline, even if it’s a minor one like the Nick Shore swap. But more often than not he’s leaned into either accumulating assets or packaging them to upgrade his team – there really hasn’t been a deadline middle ground.

Similarly, Treliving always makes a move during the NHL Draft weekend. Since he’s been GM he’s added Bollig (2014), Hamilton (2015), Elliott (2016), Hamonic (2017) and Lindholm/Hanifin (2018) at the draft.

He also has a tendency to make multiple trades with the same partners. He’s made multiple trades with the GMs in Arizona, Florida, Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver. At the very least, you know he doesn’t throw out any phone numbers.



  • Hockey4life

    As cool as it would be to have Stone on this team, it gives me nightmares to think of who Calgary would give up to do it. I’d rather see Dzingel or Zuccarello. I’d love Kreider too but again would be scared to see who goes the other way.

    • Chopper #2

      With the way Tkachuk has been playing lately we could offer him & Brodie for Stone & Ceci. Backlund with Bennet & Stone, great defensively and may take the heat off the top line. Tkachuk boys playing together again.

      • Mickey O'Reaves

        Tkachuk could be a Flame for 15 years. What he hasn’t been (supposedly) doing on the scoresheet in the last 10 games is a sliver of time in the grand scheme of things.

  • Kevin R

    Treliving is in a real good spot because this team is really young & even if we dont get as far as hoped, there is a lot to grow & improve on this team internally. These guys are enjoying playing together. Prices are whacko & if Tre makes a deal it will be late when the clearance prices will be too good to refuse. & if we do nothing, whatever, lets just enjoy a magical season.

  • Garry T

    If Brad does anything, I would hope it is Dzingle if he is still available. Marvelous offensive player. Might cost us a Kyllington as he wants to hold onto his picks. Beyond that, any trades should be carefully measured prior to moving on them. We have a good nucleus of young guys. If he does any other deals, size should be a consideration as we are not a big club by any stretch of the imagination.

  • freethe flames

    We were told by all the experts that this was supposed to be a buyers market yet I have yet to see a “deal” for the buyers. With limited assets BT needs to not get caught up in the moment. While a star would be awesome a couple of minor tweaks might be more cost effective. We can only wait and see. I would not make the same trade for Stone as Columbus did for Duchene.

    • Joel Ottos Jock

      Why not? Two fringe NHL prospects that might..MIGHT turn into bottom 6 players, and a 1st round pick. The other pick only comes into play if he resigns. I would give up Grovacec and Phillip’s and this years 1st for either or gladly as a rental.

      • Off the wall

        Joel, just in case you didn’t read any of my posts regarding Phillips, I’ll bite… yes, bite anyone who discusses Phillips as trade bait, let alone referring to him as a bottom 6 fringe player on our team and for a rental player?!

        If I were you, I’d get a rabies shot, just to be safe ?

        • Joel Ottos Jock

          Haha..that’s fair. I dont see him cracking the top 6 In calgary for at least 4 years. Realistically, who would he bump? Tkachuk? Gaudreau? Lindholm?

          • Off the wall

            See that’s my point Joel.

            Phillips is a righty. Also has played Centre.

            You should really know that before making trade requests!

            You’re still a good lad, you changed your picture for me. Who else would have done that?

          • Joel Ottos Jock

            My point though..I do know he is a center. He will have an even harder point bumping monny, backlund, dube, janko, Ryan…he will have to play wing. He is very expendable as far as an nhler.

          • Puck Head

            By the time Phillips is ready some of the core will likely be gone. If he’s earned a spot he will be given his due. Unless he’s traded, of course.

            I like the idea of having smaller scrappy guys on the roster until it’s playoff time. At this point of the year their smaller stature should be offset by some beef – this is my caveat.

      • freethe flames

        But the ask if you believe the rumors would be more like Kylington and one of Mangiapane or Dube. As well as this years first and next years first if we resign him, and again he is rumored to have turned down 5 x$10/10.5m. Did he turn it down b/c he does not want to be part of long rebuild or did he turn it down b/c he thinks he is worth more. I don’t know but I would not pay that kind of price to find out.

  • Off the wall

    Perhaps not stated, although relevant, is the reason for the high ask from GM’s regarding their players.

    Stone won’t sign with Ottawa for $10M- 10.5M? In what world does this make sense?

    Panarin won’t discuss contract negotiations during the season?

    If you’re a high profile player and you want out, don’t you think you’d give the GM something to work with, that makes you marketable?

    Perhaps the players are just as guilty of making this a gong show by GM’s.

    Let’s face some realities. You’re not going to be traded, unless you make some concessions..

    • Puck Head

      Moving a big salary is like trying to sell a mansion – it’s a small market with few buyers. I think we’re near a tipping point where players with big salaries may be looking at shorter and shorter terms. With the cap it’s hard to justify paying big money to guys in their 30’s who are on the decline.

  • Score When I like Nieuwendyk

    Ottawa is asking for a lot. There’s no way I would give up Kylington, Mangiapane, Dube or Valimaki! Where does that leave us? Giving up the B prospects I guess.

  • supra steve

    Much discussion about what assets are expendable. Some like Kylington as a trade chip, some are willing to part with 2019 1st rounder.
    Question…which of these assets is of more value to the Flames?
    Kylington may end up being a 2nd pairing guy. Hamonic is a 2nd pairing guy and he cost a 1st and 2 2nd round picks.
    So, which is more valuable to the Flames, Kylington or a late 1st? And, which is more valuable to other clubs?

    • Cfan in Van

      Kylington is more valuable from my perspective. He started out as a 2nd rounder, falling from a 1st due to a lot of uncertainty in his defensive play. The way he’s progressed, and shown he can hack it this year on the 3rd line, I think he’s a much more sure thing than he’s ever been. I think he’s at least worth a middle-1st pick at this point.

  • MontanaMan

    Most of the draft picks that Tre has traded have turned out to be duds. Goes to show you that although draft picks are valuable, they’re a crapshoot. Which makes all of the Flames 21 year old d-men even more valuable as they’ve shown they can play with the big boys while a draft pick is only speculation.

  • smatic10

    Pretty solid track record when it comes to trades. I’d give him a solid B. No lopsided losses. A good balance between small trades and big trades.
    The two main things I like:
    1) every time he has traded high picks (a 1st or 2nd rounder), it has led to us receiving a serviceable to good NHLer that plays big minutes(which is the entire point of giving up high picks like that). Hamilton was putting up borderline elite numbers on our team(granted it was because of the Gio bump, but the guy has offensive talent that few dmen in this league have). Hamonic is really stable back there and is probably the most respected in the room behind Gio. The only bad 2nd rounder given up was in the Lazar deal.
    2) He’s drafted well with whatever picks he as recouped, no matter what round. Andersson, Kylington, Dube, Phillips, Parsons are all examples. Of course we wont know how well their careers will turn out but they’re all showing good signs so far.

  • Oil consuming Flames

    Dzingel doesn’t have any control of his destination. He can withhold services, but would be suspended. Besides, why would he refuse to play for the top team in the west. If he doesn’t like playing in Calgary he ‘s a UFA July 1.

    • Hockeysense9393

      I don’t think he would “not” like playing for Calgary…of course he would. He would just rather sign with an American team. I don’t think it would be a topic at all if we traded for him.

    • Derzie

      He’s already gone to Columbus, but if a player is making blanket restrictions about where he plays, he’s in it for the wrong reasons. Imagine Gio saying something like that. You can’t. Because he’s a leader, a teammate AND skilled. No thanks to the picky divas. Only team players need apply.

  • Oil consuming Flames

    Another consideration has to be the expansion draft. Not the first consideration, not the determining factor, but when considering value and priority, what is more valuable to the Flames vs trade partners. How many of our 20 – 23 year old defensemen can be protected? Will they protect 3 or 4 d-men? What does that mean up front. All part of the big picture.

  • How's She Goin'

    Prices are too high right now but as we get closer to the deadline, some teams will panic at the thought of losing a UFA for nothing and prices will come down. There are so many possible players in play that Treliving should bide his time and pick up a useful piece for a bargain basement price as the clock ticks toward 3pm ET on Monday. It will be fun to see what happens….

  • How's She Goin'

    I think Stone ends up in Nashville or Winnipeg. Both have huge pressure to win now, have attractive assets they can part with and desperately want to keep Stone away from each other.

      • Off the wall

        Have you ever tried making a sandwich just from bacon?
        It takes some skill, and patience, but it’s well worth the effort.

        Layers stacked on layers of bacon. If you cook it at the right temperature ( low to medium) , it comes out as a masterpiece.

        Don’t ask for the recipe unless you have low cholesterol.

        Mrs Otw is always asking, “where’s the bacon gone”

        “No idea Hun, are you sure you bought some? ?

    • The GREAT WW

      Scraps like Kassian for an extra forward for a bit of grit on the 4th line……..only to find out on ON that Kassian is actually a top line RW now…….?!!!!
      Good times!!!

      WW

      • Mickey O'Reaves

        Any new GM: “Right lads…we need 6 wingers, a bottom 6 centre, at least 3D-men, and a goalie. And a different coach. Oh, and we’re broke.”
        Ha! Nobody is going to get them out of that mess any time soon. That’s a real shame.

  • Flamesfever

    I don’t think BT will make any major trade. We have the chemistry in the room. He probably make couple small trade. But BT will make a big trade this summer for #1 goaltender. BT always make the big splashes at the draft.

  • Squishin

    This is very simple.
    DON’T trade away young roster players for rentals. This means Andersson, Kylington, Mangiapane, etc. are completely off-limits – they’re just coming into their own now.
    DON’T trade away good prospects for rentals. This means Valimaki, Dube, Gawdin, Phillips, Foo, etc. are off-limits.
    DON’T trade away the first-round pick. The cupboards are frankly not very full.
    If there is a trade for someone with term, money has to go back the other way or we’ll have a cap crunch next year.
    The roster is working right now. No need to fix it.

        • Squishin

          It’s plain stupid to do that for a rental. You would only ever trade a prospect for some kind of an asset with term. Every prospect has a chance to make it. The more quality prospects you have, the better the chances one of them will make it. How people don’t understand this is beyond me.

          Just giving away a prospect like that mortgages the future to gain – what? A teeny upgrade at one position? For two months, perhaps a bit more if we’re lucky? It’s not smart.
          Everyone in the lineup is contributing. There is no glaring weakness here. The top line’s been terrible, but you’re hardly going to take any of them out, are you?
          Give your heads a shake, boys and girls.

  • Willi P

    Flames have to trade for Dzingel to go with Czarnik as they would be the only team in NHL history to ever have two players with “Z” as the second character of their last name 😉

    • Puck Head

      Yessiree I do. That was around the time he got hitched and there was a pic of his dad bod online. All I remember thinking was please no…and then he takes his flabby abs and wins Lord Stanley, who’da thunk it.

  • Jourflamesfan

    Here’s an interesting one…
    @commie22
    Folks….word straight out of the Saddledome is Brad Treliving needs more data for his cell phone..he’s absolutely torching the network…moves imminent…#Insiderrrr

    Hey, he was numerous uno on the James neal signing. Like the day before. I’ll give him some street cred on flames stuff. Then again he may be just out to troll a bit.

  • Mickey O'Reaves

    Kudos. Great article, Ryan. Seriously that is a ton of work, and it gives a great insight into how Treliving operates depending on the life cycle of the team.
    It also shows how Treliving has evolved, and how he thinks, now that he is the head-shot caller without Burke whispering in his ear.

  • Albertabeef

    Kind of funny but “Giving someone who wasn’t in another team’s plans a chance to play.” equals dud trade. Realistically Lindholm has been the only real impact player Tre has added, with Hanafin, Hamonic and Hamilton being slightly lesser impacts. The amount of draft picks given up for the two Ham’s caught up to us and almost broke our farm team this year. I’d like to see us stand pat for the TDL and trade for picks at the draft.