Calgary, AB, Canada (4E Sports) – NHL Network analyst and former Calgary Flames GM Craig Button believes that his old team’s front office being led by two Stanley Cup winners could work wonders.
Brian Burke who has won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks was hired as the Flames’ president of hockey operations Thursday to join general manager Jay Feaster in place who won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“Their qualifications are exemplary in terms of success,” Button said.
“Working in all the different areas that impact the hockey operations, Brian understands that having been in Toronto and Vancouver, and he’s another guy that is an in-the-guts-of-the-action guy.” he added.
The Flames struggled last season and finished 13th in the Western Conference, 13 points out of a Stanley Cup Playoff spot.
Flames fans are aware that tough times are ahead as they would unlikely make the playoffs.
But there are some talented young players on the horizon, including left wing Sven Baertschi and center Sean Monahan. If Burke can develop a solid, working relationship with Feaster, there should be plenty of good times ahead in Calgary.
Tapping two Stanley Cup winners for the front office is a model that’s been used in some NHL markets, especially in Alberta.
Calgary’s biggest foe, the Edmonton Oilers, are entering their first full season with Kevin Lowe as president of hockey operations and Craig MacTavish, who was hired as GM in April.