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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
via a release from the Calgary Flames...
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the incredible outpouring of love and support, during this very difficult time. All of you have touched our lives with your kindness and compassion, and we truly appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers. Our son, Emerson, will forever be in all of our hearts. Thank you for taking the time to think of us, and grieve this unbearable loss with us. It means so much, and we are grateful for all of your support.
Katie and Matt Stajan
from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times,
When most everything else failed Wednesday night in the Ducks' worst meltdown loss of the season, a bare assessment of the situation was pure perfection.
“Every guy in the room should be completely embarrassed of how they played tonight,” Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said. “To start one of the biggest road trips, to have a division rival chasing you down and have a ton on the line … no one played at all. It's unexplainable.”
Valiant efforts in losses to Montreal, Pittsburgh and Toronto were one thing.
Making the fourth consecutive defeat a 7-2 rout to the lowly Calgary Flames, the Western Conference's second-worst team and the NHL's second-lowest scoring team, leaves the Ducks (43-16-7) now clearly grasping for a solution and clinging to their slight Pacific Division lead.
“You really have to look in the mirror,” Cogliano said after the Ducks gave up two short-handed goals. “If you don't, it's going to get bad in a hurry....
Trying to understand how that can happen in the race we're in.… I really have nothing,” Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “They better do some soul searching.”
Watch game highlights below...
Brian McGrattan scores the only goal for the Flames in a 2-1 loss to the Canucks.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Glassy-eyed with his wife and three young children in his arms Joe Nieuwendyk stood at centre ice watching his name and number hoisted to the rafters.
Capping off one of the most prolific hockey careers of a generation, the former Calgary Flames captain was welcomed home Friday night with three separate standing ovations as part of a stirring induction into the exclusive Forever-a-Flame club.
It was a fitting celebration for a man of tremendous class, ability and accomplishment.
"Having spent almost half my career in this wonderful city, I'm overwhelmed by this humbling honour," said the former captain as part of a memorable two-minute speech as 15 teammates from the championship team of 1989 looked on.
continued and below, watch Nieuwendyk's number retirement speech...
Flames get Avs 2nd round pick this year.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Brian Burke excels at commanding a room. Especially when the Calgary Flames’ president of hockey operations is expounding on a topic of disagreement.
Burke is a traditionalist. Yet he also sits on the honorary executive board of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Those two concepts capture Burke’s skepticism and his desire for clarity.
On Friday at the Hynes Convention Center, Burke made his uncertainty of hockey analytics quite clear. But Burke reiterated that if a numbers-based solution arises, he will write a substantial check to claim its ownership.
“If someone comes up with this analysis — which I haven’t seen yet — that makes us better predictors, we’ll buy it,” said Burke during a panel entitled “Hockey Analytics: Out of the Ice Age.” “And we’ll make sure no one else can buy it. We’re all looking for that edge. But it hasn’t materialized, in my mind, yet in hockey as an analytics tool.”
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As expected, Cammalleri would not lean one way or another but perhaps some of you may want to read between the lines.
Cammalleri will have UFA status in July and is rumored to be one of the top 4 players available at the trade deadline.
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