Flames Hire Michel Goulet as Wetsern Pro Scout

DENVER - OCTOBER 16:  Adam Foote (R) #52 of the Colorado Avalanche is honored for playing in his 1000th career game along with his wife Jennifer and sons Callan and Nolan as he recieves a silver stick from Michel Goulet (C) as Vice President of Hockey Operations Jim Gregory (far L) as Jacques Cloutier (2L) looks on during a ceremony prior to facing the Philadelphia Flyers at the Pepsi Center on October 16, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. Foote played his 1000th game on October 12, 2008 in Edmonton, Canada.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

 

Calgary continued to remake their organization beneath the surface today, naming former NHL star Michel Goulet as the club’s western pro scout. Outside of serving as the director of player personnel in Colorado for several years (and playing in the NHL), I’m not sure what other credentials or experience Goulet has.

The move, while minor, is another indication of an unspoken impetus in the org to change things after a disappointing season. One wonders what will happen if the Flames fail to make the post-season for a second straight year…

UPDATE – TSN notes that the Flames have also hired Finnish scout Ari Haanpaa and Ottawa based Fred Parker.

  • FINALLY Sutter has realized drafting does matter. I thought the years of Sunblad, Mattesson, Fata and Daniel T were bad, but NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Other than Dion and NY what first round picks have made an impact? Save it Kobasew fans he didn’t do much here either.

    I will never forget how we could have had Shea Weber, instead of Tim Ramholt. Yes every team has a case of that, but 2003 was a key draft.
    Look at all the blue chip franchise players in that draft.

    Oh well here’s hoping

  • Outside of serving as the director of player personnel in Colorado for several years (and playing in the NHL), I’m not sure what other credentials or experience Goulet has.

    15 years with an organization in scouting and management including roles as Director of Player Personnel & Assistant GM has to count for something, no?

    Other interesting note… Darryl would have coached Goulet late in his career in Chicago. Goulet played in Chicago from 90-94, while Darryl coached in Chicago from 90-95.

    • Yeah. Some of his experience has come out since the hiring. All I could find was obtuse references to “director of player personnel” when I wrote the article, which, frankly, could mean anything depending on the organization. It certainly seems he has a pretty good resume though. This move seems like a step back, actually.

      Goulet also played with Brent Sutter in CHI during those years as well.

  • Well… I wouldn’t go that far. You have to think though that if the Flames miss the playoffs again that the owners will start getting testy about the lost revenue opportunities and lackluster growth potential (AKA projected future bankable perormers, AKA top level prospects) and Sutter and King won’t have the job security they once enjoyed if not a dismissal itself.