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NHL’s Shanahan in Calgary for meeting with the Flames’ president (Updated)

Jun 15, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

Brendan Shanahan, who has held the position of NHL senior vice-president of player safety for the past two years, reportedly had dinner with Calgary Flames president and CEO Ken King on Friday.

Bob McKenzie of TSN reported on Twitter this evening that, while no job offer was made, there was a discussion.

This follows a pair of tweets yesterday from Bruce Dowbiggin, a well-known veteran sports journalist and author.

Shanahan, who played 1,524 regular season games throughout the course of his NHL career, has, the last two years, been tasked with handing out supplemental discipline for the NHL.

Accompanying the role has been the moniker of Sheriff Shanahan. Could he be on his horse out west to Calgary?

Update (9:43 p.m. ET):

From the Globe and Mail:

While a job offer was not extended to Shanahan, there was a discussion of what his role would be in “a major restructuring of the team’s front office,” according to a source.

What was outlined was as follows: Ken King would step down as team president and CEO to lead the Flames’ pursuit of a new arena; Shanahan would come aboard as director of hockey operations and would be allowed to hire his own people.

That, essentially, would position Shanahan as Jay Feaster’s boss. 

  1. alexbaymac - Jun 15, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    PLEASE. Let it be so!

    • timmeh022 - Jun 15, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      This may be the greatest news I have heard all week. Make the move!

  2. murtdurt - Jun 15, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Huge for calgary. Ken king has no idea what he’s doing all he cares about is making sure the building is full and could care less about the product on the ice

  3. hockeyflow33 - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    I hate that people act as if Shanahan doesn’t dole out punishments properly. The same people complained twice as much when Campbell was there and then were psyched that an ex-NHL player was put into the role.

  4. hockinj25 - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    What happens when everyone disagrees with the decisions of the next person?

  5. paperkid96 - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t.

    I don’t think he does a great job. I think he is better this year than last; however, I have zero faith that Bettman is competant enough to put in place a decent replacement.

  6. musicman495 - Jun 16, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Yours truly wondered at the headline why Mike Shanahan was meeting with the Flames. Oops. Time to turn in my lifetime Red Wings Fan Club membership card.

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