Brian Burke, the President of Hockey Operations for the Calgary Flames, was at some luncheon today and said the last thing any Flames fan wants to hear about the future of the team
We’re not going to make a threat to leave. We’ll just leave.
That’s actually pretty close to what Ken King (Brian Burke’s boss) said earlier in the year too, that the Flames won’t make a threat to leave, they’ll just leave if they don’t get their new arena. Which, if you think about it…they’re saying it’s not a threat, but that not kind of a threat?
Despite the fact that King had basically said the same thing, King and other Flames top brass put out a memo saying that while Burke is part of the Flames organization…“he is not our spokesperson regarding a new events centre for our city. We remain committed to our dialogue with the City and very optimistic we will get to a positive conclusion. We admire everyone’s enthusiasm on this subject.”
And really if the Flames were going to move, where would they go? The NHL has said that there isn’t a city with a league-ready rink out there, so this is just a bluff. And a bad one.