Maple Leafs hire Brad Treliving as next GM

Brad Treliving has been hired as the Toronto Maple Leafs' next general manager, the team announced Wednesday.

The Leafs parted ways with former GM Kyle Dubas earlier this month, opting not to renew his contract when it was set to expire June 30. Dubas has subsequently been tied to the Pittsburgh Penguins' vacant GM slot.

Treliving spent the past nine seasons as general manager of the Calgary Flames. Hired in April 2014, Treliving guided the Flames to five postseason appearances, but winning just two rounds in the process. Calgary missed the postseason entirely following the 2021-22 season. With his contract on the verge of expiring on June 30, Treliving mutually parted with the Flames in April.

"Brad brings a wealth of knowledge from his years of experience as a general manager and hockey executive in Calgary, Arizona and beyond. He has earned tremendous respect amongst his peers throughout his years in the NHL and has built excellent relationships at all levels within the game," Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said in a statement. "We are confident that Brad's leadership and strategic vision will elevate the Maple Leafs in our continued pursuit of a championship."

Once Toronto severed ties with Dubas, Treliving's name was almost immediately attached as a possibility to replace him. The Leafs also interviewed former Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin for the role. But it was Treliving's experience and success in Calgary that appears to have put him over the top.

Shanahan said after turning away from Dubas -- a first-time GM when he took over the post in 2018 for Toronto -- that a seasoned general manager would be "an attractive quality" in the team's next candidate.

Once Treliving is officially on the job, his top priority will be tackling Auston Matthews' next contract. Toronto's star center is eligible to sign an extension on July 1, when the final year of his current deal -- and a no-trade clause -- kicks in.

The Leafs are expected to hold a news conference welcoming Treliving to the organization on Thursday.