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Flames GM Treliving denies Spezza rumors, differentiates between 'talks' and 'trade offers'

06/17/2014 at 10:38pm EDT

The Calgary Sun's Eric Francis had a conversation with new Flames GM Brad Trevliving on Monday afternoon, and Treveling made two particularly telling remarks, first addressing the suggestions that his team is bidding for Jason Spezza's services...

“It’s categorically false,” said the Calgary Flames new GM, making his first public response to a report out of Ottawa saying the Flames offered up Jiri Hudler, Mikael Backlund, “possibly” Dennis Wideman and a second- or third-round draft pick.

“I haven’t made any such offers. That’s 100% fantasy island. I saw it early Sunday online and had to read it a couple times and had to remind myself ‘oh ya I’m the Flames GM. Interesting.’ ”

And then speaking bluntly and honestly about the fact that, yes, general managers actually talk to each other about potential trades on a regular basis:

Another league source said Kesler has told Benning he’ll go to one of four teams, and the Flames aren’t one of them.

“You’re always talking to guys all the time — that’s your job,” said Treliving, who would rightfully garner criticism had he not inquired about either stud.

“You have a discussion about what’s going on, but there’s a big difference between just talking to guys and making an offer. You’re talking to every team, and when you hear of or see a team that may be in the market, it’s your job to phone and ask.”

Francis continues, and Trevlivng addresses Mike Cammalleri's status...

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