Coyotes assistant GM Brad Treliving spent seven years with the organization.
By Craig MorganFOX Sports Arizona
The Coyotes' offseason shopping list just got a little larger. Assistant general manager Brad Treliving was named the new GM of the Calgary Flames on Monday, robbing Phoenix of a valuable part of the management team.
Treliving, 44, just completed his seventh season with the Coyotes. He joined the organization after serving as the president of the Central Hockey League (CHL) for seven years, during which time the CHL experienced growth, adding expansion franchises such as the Arizona Sundogs in Prescott Valley.
Treliving also co-founded the Western Professional Hockey League (WPHL) in 1996 and served as the league's vice president and director of hockey operations for five seasons. He played an integral role in the merger of the WPHL and the CHL in May 2001.
Given that breadth of experience, it was no surprise that Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke said Treliving was the only candidate interviewed. Burke originally thought the hiring process might extend well into the summer, but Phoenix GM Don Maloney granted him a 10-day window to talk to and hire Treliving and the Flames moved quicly once that access was granted.
"I know I'm ready for this," said Treliving, who thanked a litanty of people in the Coyotes organization including Maloney, coach Dave Tippett, captain Shane Doan and co-owners George Gosbee and Anthony LeBlanc.
Treliving has been rumored as a candidate for other GM positions and interviewed for the Buffalo GM spot that Tim Murray eventually took in January.
Maloney has spoken repeatedly about Treliving's importance to the organization both because of his understanding of the salary cap and because of his role in overseeing the scouting department and the club's AHL affiliate in Portland.
In Calgary, Treliving replaces Jay Feaster, who was fired in December. Burke served as acting general manager for the remainder of the season. Calgary did not make the playoffs in Feaster's two full seasons as GM.
The Coyotes have already begin the search for a replacement and hope to make a hire quickly.
"Brad has worked hard for this opportunity to be a general manager in the National Hockey League and I am very proud of him," Maloney said in a statement. "We wish him the best of luck.”