According to Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail, the latest rumor du jour around town is that Calgary Hitman GM (and former Flame) Kelly Kisio will join the Flames decision makers in order to "assist" (not too sure what that means) Darryl Sutter. Of course, as Maki notes, the Flames have previously raided their junior teams staff by scooping up the Hitmen’s erstwhile head coach (and also former Flame) Dave Lowry.
Without knowing if we’re talking reality or fantasy here, does this strike you as good or bad? Kisio has had quite a bit of success as the Hitmans GM, twice guiding them to highly successful seasons, culminating in this year’s WHL championship and a trip to the Memorial cup. So that’s good.
On the other hand, this kind of stuff strikes me as oddly…incestuous. Perhaps a voice from outside the insular organization and Sutter family would be a good addition for a change? In addition, why would the org be adding another chef’s fork to the Darryl Sutter stew pot? To strain the analogy even further, either you like the recipe, or you don’t. Adding another voice whose contribution may amount to "needs more salt" probably won’t lead to any kind of substantive change (if, indeed, that is the aim here).