Huberdeau Integration, My Destiny at Calgary Flames Training Camp

Calgary’s general manager, Brad Trilling, swung for fences in the summer, anxious as any Flames fan to see if his efforts made up for what was lost.

Bringing forwards Jonathan Huberdeau and Nazim Qadri into the fold, and getting both on long-term contracts, has been among the popular moves in the NHL’s off-season.

Huberdeau and Kadri, who have signed for eight and seven years respectively, have eased the Flames Nation’s nagging feelings over the refusal of leading forwards Jonny Goudreau and Matthew Tkachuk to return to the club.

The incorporation of Huberdeau and Kadri at the Flames began in earnest on Thursday with the first sleds of a 67-player training camp.

“We have a lot of questions to answer,” Treleving said Wednesday in Saddledome. “We’ve had a great turnover when you look at kind of at the top of the food chain. How does it fit? And where does it fit?”

“This camp is really important, as are all of us, but to sort it all out. I’m like you. I’m interested to see how it goes.”

Gaudreau chose to become the Columbus Blue Jacket via unrestricted free agency.

When Tkachuk, a restricted free agent, indicated he no longer wanted to be Flame, Treliving traded his rights to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a package that included Huberdeau and veteran defenseman MacKenzie Weegar.

In his first full season under coach Daryl Sutter, the Fires (50-21-11) topped the Pacific Division and passed the first round of the playoffs for the first time in 18 years before falling to the Edmonton Oilers in five final games. season.

Gaudreau and Tkachuk scored career seasons with 82 goals and 137 assists between them. Gaudreau scored the overtime winner in Game 7 against the Dallas Stars that jumped the Flames in the second round.

Huberdeau, the 115-point man with the Panthers last season, commissioned him to fill the void left by Goudreau on the left side of Elias Lindholm.

Kadri is out winning the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche. The hope is that the 31-year-old quarterback brings those winning pedigrees, as well as the production and snarls left with Tkachuk, to Calgary’s second attacking line.

“We probably all put our lines together on a napkin, right? It usually takes 10 minutes,” Trilling said. “You don’t know where the chemistry is going to come from. That’s why you go through camp.”

Wigar, 28, who has one year left on his contract, gives Calgary defensive depths alongside Chris Tanev, Rasmus Anderson, Noah Hanifin and Nikita Zadorov.

Jacob Markstrom remains among the best goalkeepers in the National Hockey League despite playing a mediocre playoff against the Oilers.

Trilling said Tanev, who dislocated his shoulder in Game Six against the Stars and required off-season surgery, will be on the ice on Thursday, but is likely to miss the first few games before the season.

GM said defenseman Oliver Killington is absent due to a personal family matter, and winger Andrew Mangyapan will not ski with the main group to start camp due to a minor injury he sustained while summer skiing.

The Flames announced the re-signing of forwards Adam Ruzicka to a two-year contract and Brett Ritchie to a one-year deal on Wednesday.

Left winger Sonny Milano and veteran defenseman Flames Michael Stone have been invited to camp on professional trial contracts.

The Calgary American Hockey League team resides in the same city as the parent club for the first time in franchise history after moving from Stockton, California.

Calgary Wranglers’ training facility is located at the WinSport Event Center on Calgary’s west side. The Wranglers will play matches at Saddledome.

“Especially in the (salary) cap world, the easiest access to your players is number one,” Treleving said. “Number two, you see them on a more regular basis.

“They live like in the Canadian market. Playing is different in the Canadian market. People know what’s going on with the team. It’s all part of the development process. Even when you’re with Wranglers, you see what’s happening in Calgary every day.

“It prepares you because sometimes when you get out of a junior school or college or from Europe, and you go to MLS and you’re not in that pressure cooker, it can slap you in the face.”

Along with the Calgary Heatman of the Western Hockey League, Flames will put the three hockey teams under its umbrella playing games at Saddledome this winter.

“I didn’t make friends with the coaching staff,” Treleving said. “This is going to be a logistical challenge. Not just the games. Sometimes you have two teams playing, then you might have a double header and then you have the NHL teams waiting to get into a room.

“There are some logistical nightmares, but at the end of the day we made the decision on the best development model for our players and that’s what we decided.”