Brad Treliving a new general manager of the Calgary Flames – thanks in part to the Phoenix Coyotes. Brian Burke added to his front office Monday in naming the Coyotes assistant GM to fill the vacancy created by after Jay Feaster was relieved of his duties on Dec. 12
According to the sources – “When we asked Phoenix for permission, we fully expected that they would say, ‘You can talk to him after the draft and not before,’ in which case we would’ve waited,” told Burke, the Flames’ president of hockey operations who had served as interim general manager – since Feaster’s dismissal. “What changed was that they said we were free to talk and hire Brad. They gave us a tight window to do it and we got the deal done in that time. I’m sure everyone thinks the happiest guy in the room is Brad, but it’s probably me.”
Treliving, a native of Penticton, B.C., and the only candidate Burke interviewed for the position, had spent the earlier 7 seasons as the assistant GM for the Coyotes. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of Phoenix’s hockey operations department and served as GM of the Coyotes’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Portland Pirates.
Now, the 44-year-old becomes a new general manager in the NHL for the first time. Burke, as noted by his penchant to use the word truculent, employs the idea that a big, physical team is required to challenge for the Stanley Cup.