The Red Mile has a new architect.
Brad Treliving, former assistant general manager and vice-president of hockey operations for the Phoenix Coyotes, is set to become the new general manager of the Calgary Flames, with an official announcement set for later on Monday.
As usual, TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie was among the first to Tweet the news.
The 44-year-old Treliving had been with the Coyotes since 2007, and he has also served as general manager of the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates and San Antonio Rampage, guiding both teams to playoff berths.
Treliving is also a past president of the Central Hockey League, having served in the role for seven years.
Currently, Treliving is an assistant general manager with Team Canada for the IIHF World Hockey Championships, set to start on May 9.
Also of note, Treliving is the son of Jim Treliving, co-owner of Boston Pizza, as well as a panelist on Dragon’s Den, the Canadian equivalent to Shark Tank.
Treliving inherits a Flames squad that hasn’t been to the playoffs since the 2008-09 season, and hasn’t won a playoff series since winning the Western Conference Finals in 2003-04 before falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
He also has a lot of salary cap room to work with, as the Flames have just $43.4 million in salary committed to 19 players at this point, with Mike Cammalleri being the biggest name set to hit the open market on July 1.
Calgary also has the fourth overall pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft to work with. Treliving headed Phoenix’s scouting department under Don Maloney, helping to draft pieces like Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Mikkel Boedker, among others, so the Flames should consider themselves fortunate to get a high-quality piece at the top.