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Sorting out Flames goaltending should be Brad Treliving’s top priority

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22.05.2019

With all due respect to Matthew Tkachuk, Brad Treliving’s No. 1 priority this summer revolves around signing a pair of goalies.

While still compiling input and data in an effort to explain the Calgary Flames’ first round face-plant, the GM has already done some footwork on a goalie gap that has the club without an NHL starter signed for next season.

No, we’re not talking about the signing of 23-year-old Artyom Zagidulin out of the KHL this spring.

One of Treliving’s first orders of business was talking to Mike Smith about the possibility of a return.

Indeed, the 37-year-old has made it clear he’d be game to suit up for Calgary next season.

At what price and whether there are better options are now the bigger questions.

At the all-star break, it would have been hard for anyone to envision a desire for the Flames to bring Smith back given his age, his disastrous finish a year earlier and his horrific start to the 2018-19 season.

However, the fitness freak dug deep to battle back from confidence and technique issues to finish the final two months on a high that translated into him being the Flames MVP through their five-game ouster courtesy of Colorado.

Because of it, he’s a viable option to be David Rittich’s stable mate once again.

Rittich is a restricted free agent whose contract should be easily ironed out, albeit with a hefty raise from the $800,000 he made last year as an unproven NHLer.

He’s now almost certain to open next season as the Flames starter.

It says here he’s ready.

Who to pair him with is the $2 to $4........

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