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In his first year with the Flames and his maiden voyage as an NHL general manager, following 11 seasons as both the assistant GM of the now-Arizona Coyotes and GM of their AHL-affiliate San Antonio Rampage, Treliving, thus far, has enjoyed working under the teams iconoclastic president of hockey operations, Brian Burke. "Its been everything Ive envisioned it to be," said Treliving of the relationship. "Brians my boss and a big part of the reason why I came to Calgary was having Brian there. Ive seen it over the course of the summer now the ability to share ideas, the ability to go a short distance to get opinions on things. Hes allowed me the ability to go out and make decisions and do what I feel is the necessary thing to do for the organization, but were working lockstep. Its not something where an idea or thought goes by without me sharing it with Brian and vice versa, but its been excellent. As I said, its been everything I thought it would be. Hes a guy with a great deal of experience. You dont have to ask him or push to share his opinion and its been a marvelous working relationship." Now almost five months into the job, Treliving sees the building blocks in place for the Flames. "As an outsider last year looking at this team, you couldnt help but respect or notice how hard it worked, how hard it competed," said Treliving. "The message were trying to have internally over the course of the summer is we have to not only maintain that, but we have to take that to another level. "I think its going to be an expectation of this team of some non-negotiable items and one is going to be how hard we work as an organization. Frankly, we cant afford not to when you look at where our team is in trying to grow our talent base. So that will be our number one and, number two, we need more. We need to improve." Chief on the list of things to improve for the team is goaltending. The clubs .899 save percentage as a team last season was third-worst in the NHL. To remedy that, Jonas Hiller was signed to a two-year deal worth $9 million. Though excited about the arrival of Hiller, Treviling was quick to state that his signing was not reproof of the performance of the incumbent netminder, Karri Ramo. "What I think what weve done is created competition in the net," explained Treliving. "The signing of Jonas in the summer was by no means an indictment of what Karri did. I think Karri, for coming back [to the NHL] had a strong season, especially late. But again, creating competition throughout the organization is only going to make us better. So thats a battle that will be interesting at the start of camp and going into the preseason and beyond. Ultimately, their performance will dictate who plays and how much." The concept of performance dictating play isnt something that will die with his goalies. Of that, Treliving is adamant and it will determine whether or not some of his prized young players will make Bob Hartleys squad. At the top of that list sits Sam Bennett. Taken fourth-overall in this past summers NHL Entry Draft, Bennett could leap right into the NHL, much like Sean Monahan did last season with the Flames. Taken sixth-overall in 2013, Monahan scored 20 goals in his rookie campaign. For his part, Treliving is quick to point out that the circumstances of the pair arent identical, but that Bennett certainly could be playing in the NHL this season. "The quick answer is yes," Treliving said as to whether or not Bennett has a real shot. "We spoke to our young guys the last couple of days and the message is, when youre 27th in the league, I dont think there are any spots that are locked up," explained Treliving. "Having said that, weve been honest and very open about it. I think the fact that Seans rookie season is so fresh in everybodys mind in Calgary, theres some distinctive differences when you look at the two players. Obviously, age. Theres almost a years difference from where Sean was last time and where Sam is this year. "I think Sam still has some development to do physically. So there are some areas [of concern and] we dont say those to deter Sam by any stretch and I know that hes singularly focused to come in and make this team and make the general managers comments make a little silly." The key for Treliving, though, remains whether or not the pro game is right for Bennett. "Ive said many times that theres lots of people who can play in the league," said Treliving. "Now, whether they can have success, whether they can help the team and, ultimately, whether its the right thing for them - those are questions, ultimately, Sam will answer for us over the course of the next few weeks." The same applies to Johnny Gaudreau. The winner of the 2014 Hobey Baker Award as a standout at Boston College, Gaudreau played in one game late last season for the Flames and scored in his appearance before going on to impress at the World Championship this past spring. As with Bennett, Treliving will not rush the 21-year-old. "Were going to go through step one and step one for him is going through the rookie camp," said Treliving of Gaudreau. "Were not going to worry about whos going to make the team. People dont make [the team] or get cut this week. Ultimately, his steps and his progression and his performance over the course of the next several weeks are going to determine where he and several other guys start. You cant deny the skill or the intelligence. How that translates, well see here in the coming weeks." Along with Bennett and Gaudreau, Treliving cites the likes of Markus Granlund and Corban Knight as "players on the cusp." While their potential may be tantalizing, Treliving is cautiously optimistic. "What theyll do and when theyre ready to play, whether its October, November, January or next year - thats the exciting thing for us," said Treliving of his young charges. "Were not going to force-feed people into the line-up who are not ready to, but I think weve got a number of guys right now who will make this camp interesting." If theres one thing that concerns Treliving about his team, its the ability to score goals. The team was 23rd last season in goals scored with 209, but Treliving acknowledges that generating offence is something that every team in the league has to worry about. "As much as you need to defend, you need to create," said Treliving. "Thats one thing when I look at our line-up right now - and I think were going to have some very interesting competition thoughout the line-up - goal-scoring and the ability to create offence is something you can never have enough and well see where were at in that area." Calgary Flames training camp opens on Thursday. 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