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from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,
It was the No. 1 question for the Calgary Flames.
It still is.
With just two NHL pre-season games left on their slate, the Flames puck-stopping situation — specifically, who inherits the starting job from just-retired Miikka Kiprusoff? — remains unsettled.
“Still don’t know,” Flames head coach Bob Hartley said after Sunday’s training camp session at WinSport’s Markin MacPhail Centre. “They’ll have, basically, to prove themselves on a daily basis.”
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that Mark Giordano has been named team captain. Giordano becomes the 19th player in franchise history to wear the captain’s C for the Flames. Curtis Glencross and Mike Cammalleri will return as assistant captains.
“Mark represents all the qualities that we set as a coaching staff and an organization,” said head coach Bob Hartley. “He is a quality man who is proud to represent the Calgary Flames both on and off the ice. We are very happy with these three men leading and setting the example for our team, and especially our young players, as we move through this crucial yet exciting period in the history of the Flames franchise.”
Adam Proteau of The Hockey News answers some questions from readers...
Miikka Kiprusoff: Hall of Fame worthy or not?
Not. Definitely not. Yes, Kiprusoff has a Vezina Trophy on his resume, but he simply did not function at a high enough capacity for a lengthy stretch of time to warrant Hall of Fame consideration. When you look at his best years (including Calgary’s run to the Stanley Cup final in 2004) Kiprusoff was clearly at the top of his game. However, his save percentage dropped every year after that until the 2009-10 campaign and the Flames never won a single playoff series again during his tenure. He earned a special place in Calgary’s collective heart, but he isn’t an all-time great.
read on for 3 more questions regarding outdoor games, no-touch icing and going over the salary cap...
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today the retirement of goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff from the National Hockey League.
“Miikka has been up-front with us since the trade deadline that he wanted to finish his outstanding playing career as a Flames player, and that the 2013 season was going to be his last,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “We, as an organization, made it clear to Kipper that we did not want him to make a rash or hasty decision. We wanted to give him time to get refreshed during the summer and spend some additional time to make his decision. Had we been prepared to accept Miikka’s position back in April we could have announced his retirement at the end of the season. We purposely chose to wait and give him more time to ensure this was the course he wanted to take. In returning to Calgary this month he advised us that his decision remained the same, and that he was retiring as a player.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
As an executive, Burke is not known for his patience, which makes for an interesting marriage. The Flames essentially lost their two best players at the trade deadline – Iginla and defenceman Jay Bouwmeester – leaving them with perhaps the thinnest lineup in the league, although there is a chance goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff may be coming back after all, following a summer in which all indications were that he planned to retire.
No matter what they may say publicly, the Flames seem destined for a least a couple of years of cellar-dwelling – and really the big hope here for some time now is that two years from now, they bottom out and are rewarded with Connor McDavid, a generational prospect now playing for the Erie Otters of the OHL. For decades now, most of the generational prospects in the game have landed in the United States, but the Flames are so low on proven NHL players that – the draft lottery notwithstanding – they could be in the running for McDavid....
But Burke’s message is all about winning in the here-and-now as opposed to winning soon or winning some day. It will be an interesting marriage to be sure. Even as he promises to low-key it, there is a circus-like quality that Burke brings to any organization. He is outspoken on all matters and topics and recently wrote a back-page column in Sports Illustrated decrying Russia’s anti-gay legislation.
added 4:33pm, from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
What role Burke, only 58, and hardly playing out the string in hockey, will actually have in Calgary will play itself out. Knowing his personality, and how he likes to work (up early for a workout and to the office) I can’t see him not being heavily involved. All I know is, the Battle of Alberta needed a coat of fresh paint and Burke wields a broad, always entertaining brush.
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that Brian Burke has been named President of Hockey Operations. Additionally, John Bean was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Calgary Sports & Entertainment Group.
Burke brings an impressive resume and reputation to the Flames organization in this newly created role, overseeing all hockey operations for the growing sports and entertainment group. His experience is vast ranging from his professional playing career to several executive positions both at the league and team level.
The Flames are expected to announce the hiring of Brian Burke to a management position with the team.
You can watch the Sportsnet stream below and it is scheduled to begin at 12:00pm ET.
added 12:08pm, Calgary Flames announce Brian Burke will be president of hockey operations. Jay Feaster will report directly to Burke.
added 12:37pm, Press conference is over.
Calgary Flames sent out a press release which states Flames President & CEO Ken King will be making an announcemnt at 10:00am MST.
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
Brian Burke to Calgary makes sense on many levels.
And yet makes no sense at all.
So all the unconfirmed reports Wednesday night that had the former Maple Leaf president and general manager joining the Flames in some undefined executive capacity as soon as this week certainly didn't come as a shocker, but at the same time, there's a great many unanswered questions.
At the top of the list would be the following; how, pray tell, is the notoriously independent and single-minded Burke going to work alongside Calgary president Ken King and GM Jay Feaster?
For this to really make sense, Flames principal owner Murray Edwards should be dumping King and Feaster and hiring Burke, who's strong work in rebuilding the Leafs is now becoming clearer, to run the whole operation.
That's how Burke does his best work. He's a take-charge kind of guy, an executive who charges in, tears things apart, brings in his own people and remakes the entire operation in his own image of what a hockey team and organization should look like.
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