It’s either ‘shuffling the deck chairs’ or ‘adding needed veteran depth’ depending on your view of where the Calgary Flames' season is headed.
So sinking like the Titanic or worth bolstering to lift them into a playoff position.
In one of his two deals at the NHL trade deadline, Treliving swapped players with the Arizona Coyotes, sending Connor Mackey and Brett Ritchie for former Canuck Troy Stecher and Brett’s brother Nick.
The other deal saw AHL Wrangler Radim Zohorna traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for fellow forward Dryden Hunt, who has played 37 NHL games this season and will be assigned to the minors.
Brad Treliving walking into the dome tmr after squaring Hunt, Ritchie, and Stecher pic.twitter.com/5UzAjHnou2
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No big names on the move, obviously. All of them are free agents at season's end.
Treliving said he was not prepared to trade draft picks or prospects in an effort to acquire ‘short-term help.’
“We were not looking at moving significant assets,” Treliving said at this afternoon’s media conference following the deadline.
“I believe in this group, but the reality is we sit where we sit after 62 games.”
The Flames sit five points out of the final Western Conference playoff spot with 20 games remaining in the regular season.