In the very dry hockey month of August, the Flames have made some minor yet newsworthy moves with regards to their front office. Today, they announced some shuffling around and title changing within the org.
Again, it’s August.
Don Maloney has been named Vice President of Hockey Operations. https://t.co/8vZIpqcJc7
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) August 3, 2017
Maloney joined the club last year from the Arizona Coyotes as a pro scout and has risen up the ranks quite quickly. At first glance, it would seem that Maloney would be wedged between Brian Burke and Brad Treliving on the organizational ladder, but the Flames specify in the press release that Maloney will still report to Treliving, which seems a little odd. Burke, already in a mostly symbolic role with the team, is pretty much working here until he doesn’t want to anymore, so perhaps Maloney’s being set up for an imminent opening in hockey ops. The vague nature of the POHO/VPOHO role makes it hard to speculate what Maloney’s new responsibilities are or what he will be doing in the future.
Perhaps the more significant news is that assistant GMs Craig Conroy and Brad Pascall have re-signed with the team. Despite some rumours about job openings (mostly for Conroy) in Buffalo and USA hockey, both have re-upped and will stay in Calgary for the foreseeable future. It’s hard to say what exactly Conroy and Pascall can put their names on from an outsider’s perspective (Conroy helps with scouting and such, Pascall serves as GM of the Heat, along with other minor-pro duties), but given the track record over the past four years, it’s probably fair to say that their job performance has mostly been positive.
Another tidbit from this release is Chris Snow having his job title changed from director of video and statistical analysis to the simpler director of hockey analysis. This seems minor from the outset, but perhaps sheds some light on the David Johnson hiring the Flames made sometime yesterday (not discussed in the press release). Johnson, former hockeyanalysis/puckalytics.com operator, was hired in some sort of data role, undefined of the time of this writing. Given Snow’s move, it’s likely that Johnson will report to him.
For my money, Johnson is probably in a database/data collection role given hockeyanalysis.com and puckalytics.com’s strengths in those areas.
Other moves include:
- Derek MacKinnon moving from a pro scout role to director of pro personnel, a role that did not previously exist within the organization. He will likely serve under Conroy and Pascall.
- Fred Parker and Rob Sumner, amateur scouts, have been promoted to assistant directors of amateur scouting, serving under Todd Button. Their previous roles have not been filled as of this moment.
- Parker and Sumner have been their top OHL and WHL guys respectively according to Ryan, so perhaps this shuffling is just a reward for a job well done, given their recent drafting history from those two leagues.
The Heat have made a couple of moves of their own, as well. They have extended Ryan Huska as Stockton’s head coach, and brought in former Adirondack Thunder head coach Cail Maclean as an assistant coach. Full details of the Heat’s coaching staff moves can be found here, per the Flames’ press release.
Coach Huska, Pittis and Zulianello are back. Heat add fmr Thunder Head Coach Cail MacLean. Also new Trainer, Asst. Equip. Mgr and Video guy https://t.co/a1LMJ0vBDb
— Brandon Kisker (@kiskerbc) August 3, 2017