One month after Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon admitted he was openly fielding offers for the top pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, at least one team has inquired into the cost of selecting first on June 27 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving revealed Friday he has been in touch with Tallon about acquiring Florida's pick.
The Flames have the fourth pick in the first round.
"Now is the time that all of those conversations are happening," Treliving said. "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."
The Flames have never selected first in the draft and their fourth pick would be their highest selection since 1973, when the franchise was known as the Atlanta Flames and took forward Tom Lysiak with the second pick.
After finishing 35-40-7 this season, the Flames will continue to rebuild in 2014-15, primarily around second-year forward Sean Monahan and promising rookie Johnny Gaudreau, who won the Hobey Baker Award this year as the top player in Division I NCAA hockey before signing his entry-level contract with Calgary.
Though Treliving is considering moving up in the draft, he made it clear he wasn't willing to pay too high a price.
"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."
Treliving became the seventh general manager in Flames history April 28. In addition to the first-round pick, the Flames have two selections in each of the second and third rounds.