Brad Treliving looks to sign former Flames players in free agency

Graham Montgomery
May 28, 2024  (11:30)

Dallas Stars defenseman Chris Tanev talking with the media ahead of game two of the Western Conference finals
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Brad Treliving is bound to bring change to the Leafs next season and there are plenty of his former players to choose from on the market.

As the former general manager of the Calgary Flames for many years, there are several players he signed and or worked with who are on expiring contracts this year. Furthermore, many of them were traded this season so they will likely sign with new teams next summer. The list includes Elias Lindholm, Nikita Zadorov, and Chris Tanev.
Plenty of Treliving's former players are set to hit free agency.

I bet the Leafs sign at least one of these six.
Zadorov would be an intriguing option for the Leafs. The team was clearly not good enough on the blueline this season and they could use some size and reliability on the back end. Interestingly, the rangy defenseman has reportedly rejected a big contract from the Vancouver Canucks. As such, he may very well be available on July first, but he will come at a cost.
.@DhaliwalSports on Nikita Zadorov:

The #Canucks and agent Dan Milstein are not talking right now but as I have said for a while – the #Canucks know Milstein's ask.

Before the playoffs the 2 sides talked and it went nowhere
with Milstein rejecting the Canucks offer.
Another option to upgrade on the blueline would be Stars defenseman Chris Tanev. Like Zadorov, he was traded by the Flames ahead of the trade deadline this season. He's been a vital part of the Stars on their playoff run this season, playing big minutes in a shutdown role.
Chris Tanev was born to be a Dallas Star ⭐️
Like Zadorov, Tanev will not come cheaply. However, it is clear that the Leafs need to upgrade that blueline. It should be very interesting to see if Treliving brings in any of his former players to the Leafs this summer.