Yesterday it was made official when the Calgary Flames introduced Brian Burke as their new president of hockey operations. Speculation about his role and whether he can accept not being the man in charge have already taken the web and social media by storm, leading many to believe that Jay Feaster will now become a puppet GM with Burke calling the shots.
Burke has always surrounded himself with a team that is big and physical and as it stands right now, the Flames lack both of those. Changes will be imminent in Calgary and it will start sooner than later.
But Burke has a history of being impatient and demands success now. He’s not afraid to make the bold moves that many fans kick and scream over (just recall the Phil Kessel signing that Bruins fans love, yet Leafs fans continue to debate about). Burke will throw money at players on the open market if he feels he can help his team win immediately.
So the situation in Calgary is a lot different than what he’s used to or how he’s built his teams in the past. Patience will be a necessity with the Flames if Burke wants to be around to see the fruits of his labor pay off. Drafting wisely and not moving assets for roster players will also help Burke and the Flames in the long run providing he can get used to this “short-term pain for long-term gain” mindset that’s about to unfold.
If Burke can’t get along with Jay Feaster and refuses to acknowledge that the road ahead in Calgary is a long and trying one, the he’ll be on the first plane out of Alberta, bound for his old role as a scouting assistant.
Or will he help Feaster in finding the players that will help revive the Flames organization into one of respectability around the league and drive them towards the playoffs?
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