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Off-Season Watch: Monday's latest from around the NHL

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With the NHL Draft coming up on June 27 and free agency opening on July 1, discussions between NHL general managers are heating up towards a busy off-season.

Each day, TSN.ca provides the latest rumours, reports and speculation from around the NHL beat.

Double Coverage

New Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving is sitting pretty comfortably heading into Friday's NHL Draft.

Holding the fourth overall pick, Treliving is confident he can improve his club one way or another - be it by selecting fourth or making a bold move.

Treliving told the Calgary Herald Sunday that he likes his options in both scenarios.

"We'll look at anything. Moving up . . . again, what does it cost you? Does it make sense? . . . Whoever shakes out at four is going to be a good player," he told the Herald's Kristen Odland.

"But you also can't be fearful of making a big move because you think it may turn out wrong," he added. "If you think it makes sense, you do it. You don't do it because, 'What if it goes wrong?' You do have to have courage to do things."

Back to Backstrom

Teams in need of a veteran presence in net may have something to talk about with Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher.

Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes that Fletcher "may be willing to retain salary and cap space to trade goalie Niklas Backstrom, who is recovering well from season-ending abdominal and hip surgeries."

Along with centre Kyle Brodziak, Fletcher may be a prime candidate to make some moves leading up to, or on Draft Day itself.

But Fletcher admits that it's tough to get things done before hitting the draft floor.

"Everyone calls everybody," Fletcher told Russo. "You don't see a whole bunch of trades the week prior to the draft. It's all about trying to figure out who your likely dance partners can be the week at the draft. It'll take a move or two to get the ball rolling, and then there's usually a domino-type effect. We're not there yet."

Crow Nesting

Marc Crawford's name has popped up as several teams have filled or are looking to fill coaching vacancies early in the off-season.

It appears, though, that you can scratch his name off any and all candidates lists as he will be heading back to Switzerland for the 2014-15 season.

Crawford is going to remain as head coach of the ZSC Lions of Swiss Elite League, the team announced via Twitter on Sunday. The Lions are the reigning Swiss title holders.

Brad Treliving (Photo: Janette Ahrens/NHLI via Getty Images)

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