If there’s one thing Brad Treviling has done is put a solid lineup on paper. He also negotiates very well. The likes of Monahan, Gaudreau, and now Backlund, all would command top dollar on an open market, but play in Calgary for less. Backlund for one, he’s taking a pay cut, but he receives term in exchange. For the Flames, they hang on to one of the best two way centreman in the game, and even though he’ll be Troy Brouwer good come age 35, he’s a steal right now.

Great news from Flames camp.

To put this deal in value terms let’s take a look at Treviling’s wizardry.

McDavid + Draisaitl = $21M

Gaudreau + Monahan + Ferland + Backlund = $20.225M