The Calgary Flames are bringing back general manager Brad Treliving on a (well-deserved) multi-year contract.
The team announced the move on Monday.
Here are some of Treliving’s best moves made as GM of the Flames.
Dougie Hamilton trade/signing
Hamilton didn’t come cheap (a first- and two second-round picks went to the Bruins), but the young, right-handed defenceman was a valuable addition to Calgary’s core.
Even better was the contract given to the then-22-year-old: six years, with a $5.75-million cap hit. Hamilton had 13 goals and 37 assists this season, both career highs.
Chad Johnson signing
The Flames would not have made the post-season this year had Chad Johnson not done such an admirable job taking over the Calgary crease while Brian Elliott worked out of his early season funk.
Johnson went 11-2-0 with a .946 save percentage in 13 games in November and December this season, helping the Flames recover from a tough start to 2016-17.
Kris Versteeg signing
Versteeg looked to be on the verge of signing with the rival Edmonton Oilers (he was with the Oilers on a professional tryout), when he instead signed a one-year deal worth $950,000 to join Treliving’s Flames.
The 30-year-old provided cheap depth scoring in the form of 15 goals and 37 points in 69 games, and was a valuable veteran on an otherwise young team.
Calgary’s playoff run was brief, but Versteeg did put up four points in four games.
The two-time Stanley Cup champion said in March that re-signing with the Flames was his No. 1 option.
Locking up his two young stars
Both players are under the age of 24 and are locked into contracts that will keep them in Calgary through the 2021-22 season for under $7 million per year.
It’s hard to look at each player’s respective deal and not see them becoming huge bargains in the coming years.
Michael Stone trade
Stone can be a polarizing player; his possession numbers are bad, but he’s a big body (six-foot-three) that did help stabilize a Calgary blue line that needed help.
The 26-year-old gave the Flames a better option to play with Brodie, bumping Dennis Wideman down the depth chart.
Treliving only gave up a third-round pick for Stone, and the Flames promptly went on a 10-game winning streak with him in the lineup, solidifying the team’s playoff position.
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