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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.
“Anytime you’re going after free agent players, it doesn’t matter their status … I do believe players look for opportunity, and they want to see where they’d be on the depth chart. They want to see how many guys are ahead of them, and there’s no doubt in our minds that, you know, as a result of our committing last year to a rebuild, we are a team that offers tremendous opportunity,”
-Jay Feaster, GM of the Calgary Flames. More on the Flames from Daniel Austin of the Calgary Sun.
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed their 2013 first round pick (6th overall), centre Sean Monahan to a three year entry level contract.
“Getting Sean signed prior to Rookie Camp and Main Camp has always been our priority and we are very pleased to have him in the fold,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “From our very first interaction with him, Sean has demonstrated a seriousness of purpose and a steadfast resolve to be the very best player he can be, and his character and work ethic have continued to shine through in his preparation this summer. Not only is Sean a very good hockey player, but he is a great person as well. He had a solid showing at our recent Development Camp, and as we shared with him afterward, we look forward to watching him play at our Rookie Tournament in Penticton and then attempt to compete for a spot at Main Camp in Calgary.”
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed centre Mikael Backlund to a two year contract.
“Mikael really stepped-up last season and took advantage of the change in direction under a new coaching staff,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “He came into camp in very good shape and also had regained his confidence. He parlayed that into a strong season, and if it wasn’t for his injury we believe he would have progressed even further in his development. We need Mikael to be one of our go-to players this year, and we are excited about watching him continue to evolve and take that step to the next level as a player.”
Backlund played 32 games with the Flames last season netting eight goals and eight assists for 16 points along with 29 penalty minutes. He was the Flames first round draft pick in the 2007 NHL Draft.
Contract Terms: Two-year one-way contract with an AAV of $1,500,000 per season
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed Corban Knight, Greg Nemisz and Karri Ramo.
Ramo, originally acquired by the Flames in January of 2012, has spent the last five seasons in the KHL with Omsk Avangard where he is a two-time all-star. He has played 48 games in the NHL with Tampa Bay recording eleven wins between 2006 and 2009.
Contract terms: Two-year contract $2,600,000 / $2,900,000 with an Average Annual Value of $2,750,000
Calgary, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired and signed forward T.J. Galiardi from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for the Flames fourth round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
“We are thrilled to add a young player with TJ’s size and versatility to our line-up,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “He can play Left Wing or Center, he competes hard, is a very good energy player, and he is only 25-years old. The fact that he is from Calgary, lives here in the off-season and played for the Hitmen is an added bonus, as he is yet another player who is excited to be part of our program going forward.”
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
The way a group of nuns sit around talking about the Pope. Or guitarists speak in reverent tones of Clapton.
“Vinny,” announced Jay Feaster on Friday, “is a very, very talented guy. That’s a tough day for the franchise in Tampa. I started in pro hockey the same year Vinny started with the Lightning.
“Special guy. Special player.”
Vincent Lecavalier is a free man come July 5.
Might his old boss, Feaster, smitten by nostalgia for a collaboration that helped snag a Stanley Cup in 2004, be pitching ardent woo the minute the clock strikes the witching hour on free-agency?
Goodness, let’s hope not.
Calgary, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired right wing David Jones and defenseman Shane O’Brien from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for left wing Alex Tanguay and defenseman Cory Sarich.
“This trade adds needed size up front and grit on the back end while also allowing us to get younger.” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “We like the fact that Jones plays a north-south game, drives hard to the net, kills penalties and is a right hand shot. O’Brien is a hard guy to play against, knows how to get under the skin of the opposition and stands up for his teammates. We are pleased to add both of these players to our organization.”
via Avalanche release on the trade...
“We are excited to have Alex back with the organization,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. “He is coming off a solid season and his experience will be beneficial to our young players. Cory is a veteran defenseman who will help our back end.”
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