In part three of fifteen in our look at GM ratings in the West, we will focus on Calgary and GM Brad Treliving who chose a life of hockey over pizza. Before being hired in Calgary as the GM, Treliving was the Assistant GM in Arizona from July 2007 to April 2014. He was unemployed for one day.
5: below average
7: above average
8: top ten
GM – Brad Treliving, hired April 28th, 2014
First category, winning:
Regular season record: 248 W 190 L 24 OTL 18 SOL: 0.560 Win %
Playoffs: have made the playoffs in three of five seasons and were on the cusp this season.
Best result: 2018-19, with 50 regular season wins and 107 points (their best since 1988-89 when they had 117 points and won the Stanley Cup). Their best playoff result was in 2014-15 when they made it out of the first round but lost in the second.
As is often the case, Treliving took over as GM after the Flames missed the playoffs for the fifth season in a row in 2013-14. The Flames goaltending was a mess with Joni Ortio, Karri Ramo, Joey Macdonald and Reto Berra all sharing playing time. Their top scorer was Jiri Hudler with 54 points, so offense was definitely an issue. Treliving did inherit Mark Giordano (29), Mikael Backlund (24), T.J. Brodie (23), Sean Monahan (18) and Johnny Gaudreau (20), so the nucleus of the current Flames was in place.
Winning rating: 7.3
35 players drafted over six seasons with only four of those as 1st round picks. They did not have a 1st