We don't vote on our GM of the year at The Hockey News until after the season and Calgary GM Brad Treliving just put his name high on the candidate list by grabbing Dougie Hamilton from Boston for a first-rounder and two second round picks.
For Calgary, which still has another second-round pick, this is an over-the-top win. The Flames, ostensibly in the midst of a rebuild, managed to make the playoffs this year as overachievers, despite playing without Norris-caliber defenseman Mark Giordano for the entire stretch drive. He was still on the shelf when Calgary beat Vancouver in the first round.
And now, the team adds Hamilton, a top-four blueliner just entering his prime. And Treliving didn't have to give up a single tangible player in the return.
The Flames are going to be a lot of fun to watch next season, with Hamilton joining one of the best young emerging cores in the game - Sean Monahan, Sam Bennett and John Gaudreau being the headliners.
Hamilton still needs to sign a new contract, since he was a restricted free agent with the Bruins, but Treliving will get that sorted out soon, setting the table for next summer when Giordano, Monahan and Gaudreau come up for new pacts. The GM therefore has a nice map laid out for himself.
And it's still shocking that he got Hamilton for such a digestible return.