Report: Flames GM interested in Panthers' No. 1 draft pick
JUN 07, 2014 11:27p ET
As the Calgary Flames continue to rebuild, it appears their new general manager may want to kick-start the process a little bit.
According to a report by NHL.com, Calgary’s Brad Treliving said he's contacted Florida GM Dale Tallon about obtaining the latter’s first overall selection for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
"Now is the time that all of those conversations are happening," Treliving said, according to the league’s website. "We're going to keep pounding away and try to get a sense of what other teams are thinking. For the most part, teams have gotten through their meetings. They've done their preparation for the draft. The talk between managers is increasing. We'll see where it goes."
Despite his interest, Treliving reportedly said he isn't willing to write a blank check to pick first.
"We'll see. You're managing it all the time. Is it realistic? I don't know," he said. "We're going to explore everything and if there is something that we feel makes sense, we'll do it. If not, we won't."
The Flames, who finished five games below .500 last season and 27th of 30 teams, have missed the playoffs five straight seasons.
They currently hold the fourth pick in the draft and, as NHL.com points out, have never made a No. 1 pick.
Last month, Tallon expressed his willingness to deal the pick.
“Why not?” Tallon said on May 1 on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. “I mean, I’m looking at everything. I’m open for business. I have three options — you either take it, move back or trade it. So that’s what we’re looking at. What’s the best deal for our future? That’s the key.”