The only thing Calgary hockey fans seemed to be talking about more this summer than the brilliant sunshine was whether Jaromir Jagr, Jarome Iginla or Shane Doan were a fit for the Flames.

So when one of the free agent right-wingers recently sent Brad Treliving a thoughtful gift you’d assume the Flames GM would know instantly what the player’s motivation was.

Wrong.

“It was my birthday on the 18th and I got a package from Shane (Doan) with a jersey of his inside,” said Treliving, who was the assistant GM in Arizona for 11 of Doan’s 20 years there.

“There was a touching letter inside as well as a nice inscription on the jersey that essentially said ‘along the way you meet good people and thank-you.’ At the time I was thinking, ‘that’s nice, he remembered my birthday.’ It meant a lot.

“Then (on Wednesday) we hear the news he’s retiring and my wife calls with the news and says, ‘I wonder if that (gift) was because he knew he was retiring.’

“So, finally, we cracked the case.”

Doan may not have been angling for one last spin on NHL ice, but you can bet Iginla and Jagr still are.

And a vociferous legion of fans across Calgary have done their best all summer to beat the drum in favour of either Hall of Fame free agent signing with the Flames.

After all, even with the inevitable signing of restricted free agent Sam Bennett the Flames will have roughly $4.5 million in cap space to sign either veteran. Despite being 40 and 45-years-old respectively, you can understand the misty-eyed allure of adding Iginla or Jagr as both are legends.