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July 10, 2014 | 10:42am ET
Flames still open for business
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Flames weren't overly active in the first week of free agency, but that doesn't mean GM Brad Treliving isn't exploring ways to improve his hockey team.

With most of the top-tier free agents signed to new contracts, activity around the NHL starts to slow down.

However, according to the Calgary Herald, the Flames are still willing to listen.

"Everything just sort of stops. You're always talking . . . but I think everyone is taking a deep breath now and assessing where they're at," Treliving told the Herald, referring to league-wide activity. "There are still very capable NHL players that don't have jobs yet. You'll see some things over the course of the next few weeks but once you get into training camp, I think you see another push once you get a sense of what you have."

The Flames are still believed to be in the market for a top-six forward and a second-line center, despite drafting Sam Bennett, who plays both center and left wing, fourth-overall last month.

The Flames have spoken to the agent for winger Lee Stempniak, whom they traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins during last season's trade deadline, but a deal is not believed to be close.

"Training camp will determine who is ready and who isn't," Treliving said. "There's some really good things that have taken place here. But we can't lose sight of the fact that we were the 27th placed team last year so we need to get better. I'm open to whatever we can do to make ourselves better.

"We just finished picking fourth in the draft and there's lots of room for change in the group."


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