Brad Treliving's Deadline History Cause for Concern for the Toronto Maple Leafs

Breaking down Brad Treliving's Trade Deadline History and why Maple Leafs fans should be concerned

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Treliving Trade History 2022

In 2022, Treliving made his biggest in-season trade in his tenure as Flames GM. He acquired Tyler Toffoli a month before the trade deadline from the Montreal Canadians for a conditional 1st round pick, 5th round pick, prospect Emil Heineman and depth forward Tyler Pitlick.

He than proceeded to make two trades closer to deadline day acquiring Calle Jarnkrok from the Seattle Kraken and Ryan Carpenter from the Chicago Blackhawks for draft picks.

The 2022 Flames finished with a very similar record to that of the 2019 Flames and went on to win one round before losing to the Edmonton Oilers in round 2.

What does this mean for the Toronto Maple Leafs?

The 2019 and 2022 Flames were not that different. They both featured the same star players in Matthews Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm, Noah Hanifin and Rasmus Anderson. The only difference is that in 2019 Treliving had time on his side.

Many of the players listed above had multiple years left on their deal and Treliving could afford to decide not to bolster the lineup without any repercussions, like players leaving in free agency. In 2022, Treliving's hands were tied and he had to show star players Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk that he was serious about winning. However, this did not end up helping as Tkachuk and Gaudreau both moved on in the off-season.

With all of the Maple Leafs core locked up for at least one more year, Treliving may decide that this group does not have what it takes to win, as he did in 2019.

It would be a bizarre decision to make considering you have Auston Matthews in his prime and you should be going all in every year, but I have a feeling that Treliving will decide to stand pat at this year's trade deadline.


His trade history shows that he is not one to tinker with his roster during the season and prefers to do his business in the summer. With just a few days until the trade deadline, I guess we'll see if Treliving's philosophy has changed at all.