Article by FlamesNation.ca
It was September 5th of 2013, and your Calgary Flames had just hired Brian “Brian” Burke as their shiny, new President of Hockey Operations and “not General Manager”. The move at the time seemed to draw a line down the middle that divided the Cowtown faithful in reference their confidence in the new hire and, more importantly, the future success of their beloved franchise.
It was obvious to everyone when then GM Jay Feaster shipped Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester to new return addresses in the lockout shortened 2013 season that a new era was being ushered in at the Scotiabank Saddledome; a period of rebirth many felt was long overdue. In short, a rebuild. If you’re reading this, you already knew that.
Brian Burke, one way or another, became emblematic of the Calgary rebuild, but only in the sense that this accepted 3-4 year process of planned upheaval was suddenly in peril, given Burke’s spirit of competition and also more tellingly, all the troubling things he’d say whenever he would open his mouth….. Read More