On the Burke Hiring

Kent Wilson
September 09 2013 01:52PM

 

Brian Burke

 

- pic via warwalker 2000

It's not easy to analyze the recent addition of Brian Burke. We don't know, for instance, just what his role will entail as the organization's president of hockey operations. More to the point, we don't really know how this will affect the current dynamic in the Flames front office. Rumors of an over-involved Ken King have swirled around the team for years and in fact this may be a move designed to short circuit those rumblings, either in fact or merely in perception. It's also entirely possible he has been tabbed as Feaster's replacement once the team is ready to compete again and Jay is dumped overboard (as seems to happen to so many GM's when their team goes through a rebuild).

Burke's resume in the NHL is long and storied. A former player agent, Burke has been an executive in the league since 1987 and landed his first GM position in 1992 with the Hartford Whalers. He won a cup with the Ducks in 2007 and was the architect of a Vancouver Canucks club that eventually became a dominant force in the Western Conference in the mid-2000's. The man brings a certain gravitas to the Flames org and there's no doubt he's unafraid to ruthlessly pursue players he deems worthwhile.

That said, there's reasons to be concerned: he's obstinate, apparently fixated on conventional assessment factors and his overall track record with the Leafs was rather poor.

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BRIAN SUTHERBY JOINS THE NATION NETWORK

Wanye
September 09 2013 12:37PM

 

As the Nation Network prepares for the 2013-14 season, it is with great excitement that we can finally announce that Brian Sutherby has joined the company as the VP of Beatdowns, Gaming and general law enforcement.

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Kipper Officially Retires

Kent Wilson
September 09 2013 10:10AM

Mikka Kiprusoff

- pic via Terry Dobbins

It's been a long wait, but today Miikka Kiprusoff officially announced he will be retiring from NHL hockey. The 37 year old had a rough end to his career with Calgary, stumbling badly during the lock-out shortened season and then putting the kibosh on a trade deadline swap that would have seen him go to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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FGD: Swimming with the Sharks (Prospects)

Ryan Pike
September 08 2013 02:19PM

 

 

The Calgary Flames have had a nice trip to Penticton, having won both of their games. Now they have the chance to run the table when they face the winless San Jose Sharks. Game-time is 6:30pm MT and you can experience all the action via streaming video on the Flames site or on Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
 
The Sharks lost to the Canucks 3-2 on Thursday and the Jets 5-3 on Friday, while the Flames beat the Oilers 5-2 on Thursday and the Canucks 4-1 on Friday. Can the Flames keep their foot on the proverbial gas on Sunday evening?

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Observations from the Young Stars Tournament Day Two: Flames slip by Canucks

Kevin McCartney
September 08 2013 11:25AM

 

 

The Nations Network sent Kevin McCartney and Brett Martin from Jets Nation to the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. They're evaluating your team and bringing you the view from the Press Box.

The Flames continue to impress in the tournament, outscoring their opponents 9-3 through two games. Against a disorganized, under-prepared Oilers group, the Calgary kids looked dominant – controlling play, pace, and, of course, the puck for almost the entire contest. To be honest, I wasn’t convinced the Calgary squad was as good as they looked given the disarray they played against.

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