The Calgary Flames today announced the hiring of former Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke as their new president of hockey operations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Let the speculation over how long Jay Feaster will remain as general manager begin. Some analysis I’ve heard today about Burke’s hiring suggests Feaster “isn’t his man” for the long term. Time will tell, but this is a significant hire by a Flames team commencing a major rebuild.
I’ve read some fans claiming this is a bad move by the Flames, but I disagree. Burke has a solid record rebuilding teams, with various degrees of success in Vancouver and Anaheim (including a Stanley Cup championship in 2007). While the Maple Leafs failed to make the playoffs during his tenure as GM, last year’s playoff roster was build by Burke.
Burke’s outspokenness tends to put some people off, but he claims he won’t be getting involved in the day-to-day management or being management’s spokesman. Whether you love or hate Brian Burke, there’s no denying his solid record, which should make him a good addition for the rebuilding Flames.