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Search for assistant top priority for Treliving

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

This is going to be a critical, critical hire for this organization. I expect there to be numerous candidates and we’ll begin that process immediately.Brad Treliving

CALGARY, AB -- Brad Treliving was introduced as the newly minted general manager of the Calgary Flames at 3 p.m. MST.

He’s not wasting any time getting to work.

Treliving, who inherits the GM role from president of hockey operations Brian Burke by way of the dismissed Jay Feaster, is already on the lookout for his assistant.

“The process for hiring an assistant general manager will begin immediately,” Treliving said Monday in his opening press conference. “This is going to be a critical, critical hire for this organization. I expect there to be numerous candidates and we’ll begin that process immediately.”

The Flames relieved Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod on Dec. 12. Burke had taken Feaster’s role in the interim while Weisbrod’s position remained vacant.

Treliving will determine Weisbrod's replacement.

“There’s a list,” he said. “A list is growing. Quite frankly, [Monday] has been busy in terms of getting through [Monday]. As early as when I’m done with all you folks (media), I’m going to go back and start making some calls.

“Some people out there that are currently employed, there’s a process to go through this. There’s a lot of good people in our game and between Brian, myself, we’ve got a great network throughout the league.

“We’re going to hire the right person but it’s a critical hire. It’s a critical hire.”

Treliving would know.

The 44-year-old Penticton, B.C. native had spent the previous seven seasons as the assistant GM under Don Maloney’s Phoenix Coyotes, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the team’s hockey operations department. Treliving also served as the GM of the Portland Pirates, Phoenix’s American Hockey League affiliate.

He consulted on team personnel decisions, managed amateur and pro scouting staffs and other administrative duties assigned by Maloney and was also responsible for all player personnel assignments with the Coyotes' minor-league affiliates.

With all that experience, he knows exactly what he’s looking for in his own assistant.

He just isn’t ready to say.

“I’m not prepared to share that right now,” he said. “We’re not the only team in the league that’s looking to hire people. I have a very clear profile of what I think that job entails.

“I had the good fortune of doing the job for a number of years and I think there are some real critical characteristics you need and now it’s just finding the right person.”

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