CALGARY, AB -- The market is open for business.
With a pair of trades featuring the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Calgary Flames swapping promising prospects with the Vancouver Canucks on Monday, activity league-wide is heating up in advance of the NHL Trade Deadline.
“The closer you get to it the more conversations happen,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving said. “Anytime a deal happens it gets everyone's attention a little bit more. It's been active.”
The deadline is Feb. 29.
Toronto sent defenceman Roman Polak and centre Nick Spaling to the San Jose Sharks for second-round picks in 2017 and 2018 as well as forward Raffi Torres on Monday, the same day Calgary sent 22-year-old centre Markus Granlund to the Canucks in exchange for 21-year-old forward Hunter Shinkaruk.
Toronto also landed a fourth-round pick and prospect Colin Smith in sending forward Shawn Matthias to the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday, and traded defenceman Dion Phaneuf to the Ottawa Senators as part of a nine-player deal on Feb. 9.
Business isn’t about to slow for Treliving with the deadline a week away.
“We’ve got some ideas of what we'd like to do, just trying to execute that... we'll see,” Treliving said. “You can have best laid plans and if you're looking to do deals you need partners to do such. We think we've got some ideas of things we'd like to accomplish. Much gets made of the trade deadline and there will be deals made but that's not the only time you can do things.
“We've got some things in mind that we'd like to accomplish but time will tell if we are able to do any of them.”