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Flames confirm Shanahan’s candidacy for hockey operations job

Jun 18, 2013, 9:02 AM EDT

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After a report surfaced that Brendan Shanahan was being courted by Calgary, possibly as a replacement for Flames president and CEO Ken King, the team offered some clarification.

King confirmed that he has talked to Shanahan and has interest in potentially hiring the NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety. However, King denied that he is looking to step down or replace current GM Jay Feaster, according to the Calgary Sun.

King wants to expand the team’s hockey operations department rather than replace key people.

“I can tell you we are now on a long-term process to add depth to our hockey operations,” King said. “We want to get back to where we should be, and this is something we think is consistent with that.

“We have a GM, and Jay is involved in this process. He and his group are firmly entrenched in one of the most important drafts for this organization certainly in the last 20 years, maybe ever. We have the utmost confidence in their abilities.”

King added that he’s spoken with other candidates, but Shanahan is the only one he would mention by name. King also said the title of the new position hasn’t been determined yet.

  1. timmylaz99 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    I don’t know if Shanahan is the answer, but the Flames are in real need of somebody in the front office who knows hockey!

    • timmeh022 - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      Shanahan will be a step in the right direction, seeing the path they are headed down now, just hope that if Ken King brings Shanahan in they let him make an impact on decision making.

  2. ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Maybe he can give a video breakdown of each draft pick and FA signing.

    • jjregan21 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      It still won’t make sense or have any consistency

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:23 AM


  3. nananatman - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Feaster doing a bang up job too, look at the success he has made in 2 or 3 years. Can’t wait to see what Cervenka does this year.

    • timmeh022 - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      I’m going to just assume that this was pure sarcasm.

  4. ray2013 - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    If he leaves, can I apply for his old job? I promise I’ll give star players preferential treatment, and throw the book at grinders and journeymen. And I’ll keep changing my reasons for a specific penalty so no one will quite know what punishment is coming.

  5. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    They’ve also interviewed Colin Campbell and Brian Burke (he met with Murray Edwards several weeks ago) so change is coming for the Flames front office. It’s believed Shanahan is the preferred candidate but it wouldn’t happen with him until after the SCF.

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