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Revisiting Brad Treliving’s trade history

Back in April, Brad Treliving’s second contract as general manager of the Calgary Flames finished and his third began. Treliving’s been at the helm of the Flames since April 2014, six years and two months.

As we wait for hockey’s return, let’s look back at Treliving’s tenure via his trades with other hockey clubs.

Trades in 2014

  • June 28: 2014 third round pick (83rd overall, Matt Iacopelli; originally acquired from Pittsburgh for Lee Stempniak) to Chicago for Brandon Bollig
    With a roster lean on pro experience, the Flames bought a Stanley Cup champion… depth guy. Some point to Brian Burke’s influence in this move – “truculence!” – but it’s hard to be definitive on that.

Trades in 2015

  • January 9: Corban Knight to Florida for Drew Shore
    Knight was a project from the prior regime and Shore was arguably a more polished player. Lateral move, but it made sense.
  • March 1: Curtis Glencross to Washington for 2015 second round pick (52nd, later traded to Boston) and 2015 third round pick (83rd, later traded to Arizona)
    Glencross was a pending UFA and the Flames were trying to accumulate assets, so they traded him for picks.
  • March 2: Sven Baertschi to Vancouver for 2015 second round pick (53rd, Rasmus Andersson)
    Baertschi was a pending RFA who had requested a trade, so they traded him for a pick.
  • 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; originally Washington’s from the Glencross trade) to Boston for Dougie Hamilton
    Armed with extra picks (see two prior trades), the Flames added a top four defender without losing a roster player.
  • June 27: 2015 third round pick (76th, Adin Hill) and 2015 third round pick (83rd, Jens Looke; originally Washington’s from the Glencross trade) to Arizona for 2015 second round pick (60th, Oliver Kylington)
    The highly-touted Kylington was sliding down the draft board, so the Flames traded up to grab him.
  • July 1: Max Reinhart to Nashville for conditional 2016 fourth round pick (not converted)
    Reinhart was a project from the prior regime, so the Flames sent him somewhere he could make a new first impression.
  • October 4: Conditional 2016 seventh round pick (not converted) to Colorado for Freddie Hamilton
    Hamilton was Dougie’s older brother and a pretty good AHL player. They got him for absolutely nothing, so there was value.
  • November 12: Future considerations to Tampa Bay for Kevin Poulin
    Treliving did a fellow GM a favour, grabbing Poulin as AHL depth and helping Tampa free up a contract under their 50-deal limit.

Trades in 2016

  • February 22: Markus Granlund to Vancouver for Hunter Shinkaruk
    Noticing a theme here? Granlund, a Feaster pick, was sent out for Shinkaruk.
  • February 27: Jiri Hudler to Florida for 2016 second round pick (54th, Tyler Parsons) and 2018 fourth round pick (104th, Demetrios Koumontzis)
    Another pattern emerging… Hudler, a pending UFA, sent out for picks.
  • February 29: Kris Russell to Dallas for Jyrki Jokipakka, Brett Pollock and 2016 second round pick (56th, Dillon Dube)
    Russell, a pending UFA, sent out for futures and picks.
  • February 29: David Jones to Minnesota for Niklas Backstrom and 2016 sixth round pick (166th, Matthew Phillips)
    Jones, a pending UFA, sent out for a pick (and a goalie).
  • June 24: 2016 second round pick (35th, Jordan Kyrou) and conditional 2018 third round pick (not converted) to St. Louis for Brian Elliott
    Needing a goalie and having a bunch of picks from the prior trades, the Flames got one from the Blues.
  • June 27: Patrick Sieloff to Ottawa for Alex Chiasson
    Sieloff, a Feaster pick, was sent out for Chiasson.

Trades in 2017

  • February 20: 2017 third round pick (78th, traded to Edmonton) and conditional 2018 fifth round pick (136th, traded to Washington) to Arizona for Michael Stone
    Heading into a playoff run, the Flames used picks to add defensive depth.
  • March 1: Jyrki Jokipakka and 2017 second round pick (47th, Alex Formenton) to Ottawa for Curtis Lazar and Michael Kostka
    A depth defender and a pick sent out for a depth forward and an AHL defender. A weird trade.
  • June 17: Chad Johnson, Brandon Hickey and conditional 2018 third round pick (74th, Niklas Nordgren) to Arizona for Mike Smith
    Using the template from the Elliott trade, the Flames packaged a prospect and a pick (and a goalie so Arizona could adhere to expansion draft rules) for a starting goalie.
  • June 24: 2018 first round pick (12th, Noah Dobson), conditional 2018 second round pick (43rd, Ruslan Iskhakov) and conditional 2019 second round pick (57th, Samuel Bolduc) to NY Islanders for Travis Hamonic and conditional 2019 fourth round pick (116th, Lucas Feuk)
    Using the template from the Hamilton trade, the Flames packaged some picks and get another top four defenseman.
  • June 29: Keegan Kanzig and 2019 sixth round pick (181st, Kevin Wall) to Carolina for Ryan Murphy, Eddie Lack and 2019 seventh round pick (214th, Dustin Wolf)
    Wanting a veteran backup, the Flames took on Ryan Murphy’s contract (and bought it out the next day) and swap spare parts.
  • July 1: Tom McCollum to Detroit for conditional 2018 seventh round pick (not converted)
    With the expansion draft gone and McCollum no longer needed, he was sent to Detroit for a song.
  • December 30: Eddie Lack to New Jersey for Dalton Prout
    So, uh, David Rittich won the backup job after Lack wasn’t great, so rather than have Lack hang out in Stockton they got Prout as depth.

Trades in 2018

  • February 26: 2019 seventh round pick (212th, traded to Columbus) to Ottawa for Nick Shore
    The Flames paid a low price to test-drive a fourth line center.
  • June 23: 2019 fourth round pick (119th, 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 prospect) for a couple younger assets.
  • August 20: Hunter Shinkaruk to Montreal for Kerby Rychel
    Shinkaruk wasn’t getting traction, so he was sent to Montreal for a player in a similar situation.
  • October. 1: Brett Kulak to Montreal for Matt Taormina and Rinat Valiev
    Kulak, a Feaster pick, sent to Montreal for defensive depth. (Also this allowed the Flames to open a roster spot for Juuso Valimaki).
  • November 27: Morgan Klimchuk to Toronto for Andrew Nielsen
    Klimchuk, a Feaster pick, sent to Toronto for defensive depth.

2019 Trades

  • February 25: conditional 2020 fourth round pick (pending) to Los Angeles for Oscar Fantenberg
    Wanting depth for a playoff run, the Flames sent a mid-round pick to the Kings for a defenseman.
  • July 19: James Neal to Edmonton for Milan Lucic and conditional 2020 third round pick (pending)
    The Flames sent their problem contract to Edmonton for the Oilers’ problem contract.

2020 Trades

  • January 2: Michael Frolik to Buffalo for 2020 fourth round pick (pending)
    Frolik had no real role anymore and the Flames needed roster and cap flexibility.
  • February 24: conditional 2021 fourth round pick (pending, can become 2022 third round pick) to Los Angeles for Derek Forbort
    Using the template from the Fantenberg trade, the Flames sent a mid-round pick to the Kings for a defenseman.
  • February 24: conditional 2020 third round pick (pending, Calgary’s earliest pick) to Chicago for Erik Gustafsson
    Using the template from the Fantenberg trade… again, the Flames sent a mid-round pick to the Blackhawks for a defenseman.
  • February 24: Brandon Davidson to San Jose for future considerations
    Davidson couldn’t go back to the AHL and the Flames had too many bodies, so they shipped him somewhere he has a chance to play.

Trends and tendencies

Generally speaking, most of Treliving’s swaps make logical sense. The only one that seemed wonky was the Curtis Lazar add, which screamed desperation and was definitely an overpay in retrospect. In almost every other situation, he managed to get decent value for his assets.

Beyond that, you’ll notice some patterns in the types of trades made:

  • Shipping out the prior regime’s long term project prospects for other assets.
  • Shipping out expiring assets for futures (especially early in his tenure).
  • Using futures to add depth for playoff runs.
  • Conditional picks. So, so many conditional picks. Four of the past six trades he’s made involve conditional picks, and the 2018 and 2019 drafts were made wildly complex by conditional picks tied to the Mike Smith and Travis Hamonic trades.

He’ll often re-use the precisely formats of trades, as he added goaltenders and depth defenders in consecutive years at virtually the same price.

2019 was the only NHL Draft weekend where Treliving didn’t make a trade. He makes bigger trades during the summer months and makes tweaks around the fringes of the roster approaching the trade deadline.