When Push Comes to Shove, Burke Will Eat A Contract But Not His Pride

Steve Macfarlane
March 09 2014 10:14AM


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Don’t try to bully a bully.

That’s the statement Brian Burke made to his fellow hockey executives this week while stubbornly clinging to Michael Cammalleri despite the knowledge that the pending unrestricted free agent is almost assuredly moving elsewhere come July.

In Burke’s mind, something is not always better than nothing. Especially when that something means you will be perceived as weak or easily manipulated.

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Burke’s smoke and mirror show fails to drive up Cammalleri’s price

Steve Macfarlane
March 04 2014 09:40AM

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Veteran Flames reporter Steve Macfarlane is back, this time shedding light on the ongoing Mike Cammalleri/Brian Burke/trade/contract saga.

Talk of a contract extension for Michael Cammalleri is nothing more than a marketing play by Calgary Flames president of hockey operations and until-further-notice general manager Brian Burke.

Burke is trying to jack up the price by suggesting the diminutive winger has enough of an edge and other leadership qualities to go with his skill to be the kind of player he’d keep around despite his well-publicized preference for more meat in his lineup.

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Health Makes All The Difference In Potential Cammalleri Deal

Steve Macfarlane
January 31 2014 10:41AM


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Sitting Michael Cammalleri out of Thursday night’s contest against the San Jose Sharks is an easy decision to defend.

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Bleeding Red: Mark Giordano's Rise To The Captaincy

Steve Macfarlane
December 24 2013 09:50AM

 

 

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As hockey fans the world over prepare to enjoy their holiday season, we here at FlamesNation wish you all the best during this festive time and have a bit of a gift for you all - the latest tome from the great Steve MacFarlane.

It's about the incredible and unlikely rise of Flames captain Mark Giordano. We hope you like it.

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Patience A Virtue Burke Doesn’t Believe In

Steve Macfarlane
December 13 2013 10:16AM

 

 

The first move was a quake. Way up there on the Richter scale.

Jay Feaster is out as the Calgary Flames’ general manager much more quickly than anyone anticipated even with Brian Burke looming large since his hire as president of hockey operations back in September.

The second move might have seemed a minor aftershock, but the demotion of struggling young winger Sven Baertschi was the most telling sign of the opposing views Burke and Feaster had when it comes to the team’s rebuild.

Feaster preached patience.

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