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from Vaessen and Tamara Elliott of Global News,
It’s time for the Calgary Flames to get a new home—at least, according to the team’s president of hockey operations.
While speaking to a sold out crowd at the Chamber of Commerce on Thursday morning, Brian Burke said a new facility to replace the Saddledome is needed sooner than later.
“It’s embarrassing,” he said, of the aging facility. “There is one building worse than ours…the Islanders.”
from Aaron Vickers of CalgaryFlames.com,
“The first analytics system I see that will help us win, I’ll buy it and I’ll pay cash so that no one else can use it,” Burke said. “I’m not a dinosaur on that.”
Burke has been widely regarded as an opponent to the advanced stats wave, which includes the use of measures like Corsi and Fenwick, possession barometers used by measuring the plus/minus of shot attempts.
But he’s been miscast in that role, Burke declared.
“What I think has happened is one quote from the MIT conference has been broadcast all over where I said, ‘statistics are like a lamppost to a drunk -- useful for support but not for illumination’,” he said. “I also think people confuse statistics and arithmetic and mathematics with analytics. Analytics to me are ‘can you take data and do some predictive work that will help me draft or trade better’?
“I haven’t seen a system that comes close to doing that. Statistical analysis about faceoffs and where guys play, we use that all the time. We’ve been using it for 20 years. To me, that’s not analytics. Anyone here that has a system worth buying, we pay cash.”
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Peter Maher, who served as host of the radio broadcasts the first season the Flames were in Calgary and moved behind the microphone the next campaign, will announce his retirement Tuesday morning.
A news conference has been called for 10 a.m. at the Saddledome.
It’s indeed the end of an era. The hall of fame lauded broadcaster whose other trademark phrase, “You can put it in the win column” was the parting words after every victory, including the 1989 Stanley Cup title run and trips to the Final in both 1986 and 2004.
Through all those years, Maher’s talents while calling games – always ensuring he showed respect to goals scored by opposing teams – made him as much a part of the city’s fabric as the players themselves.
read on and watch one of Maher's signature calls below...
added 1:04pm, The Flames will hold a press conference today at 3:00pm MT.
"John Tortorella was on my staff for the Olympics in 2010. He's a good guy. I don't know what's going on in his head, but you know what? Shut your mouth and worry about your team. Leave my coach alone."
-Brian Burke of the Calgary Flames on Vancouver head coach John Tortorella.
Tortorella made a few comments about Bob Hartley last night and you can read all about in a piece from the CP at TSN.
John Tortorella is not very fond of Calgary's head coach Bob Hartley and is upset about the hit on Daniel Sedin...
Detroit and Columbus fans get a gift tonight.
Here is the updated wild card standings after the Calgary/New Jersey game.
Below, watch the only goal of the game- Mark Giordano with a very early power play goal in the 3rd period.
Two giveaways by Tampa Bay goaltender lead to two goals for the Calgary Flames. The Flames won the game 4-1.
CALGARY, AB -- It is with deepest sympathies we advise that the mother of Flames’ President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke, Joan Sammon Burke, passed away peacefully today, Thursday April 3, 2014, in Vero Beach, FL. Mrs. Burke was 85 years of age.
A public visitation will be held 5:00pm – 8:00pm on Saturday, April 5th at Strunk Funeral Home, 916 17th Street, Vero Beach, FL. The funeral service is scheduled for 2:30pm, Sunday, April 6th at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 500 Iris Lane, Vero Beach, FL.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to the VNA Hospice, 901 37th Street, Vero Beach, FL, 32963
Our thoughts and prayers are with Brian and his family as they grieve their loss.
Christine Simpson of Sportsnet talked with Brian Burke last night between periods of the Flames/Leafs game
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