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Signing Matthew Tkachuk before the draft allows Brad Treliving to make big moves

The off-season is a time for National Hockey League teams to overhaul their rosters. Due to the salary cap complicating in-season tweaks, the biggest moves are often made at the annual NHL Draft and via free agency.

The Flames’ biggest off-season piece of business is a new contract for pending restricted free agent Matthew Tkachuk. With a few other things on the docket, other significant moves will likely be held up until Tkachuk is signed.

It seemingly puts a bit of time pressure on the deal, since during his time as Flames general manager Brad Treliving’s avowed philosophy has been to “build [his] team during the summer.