Proposed Front Office Shakeup Won't Help Calgary Flames

By Andy Schmidt
Calgary Flames
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If you take a long look at the 2013 regular season standings around the NHL, you see teams like the Calgary Flames who couldn’t make it to the .500 mark and missed out on the playoffs. When that happens, there are usually changes made in one form or another. The latest idea is that current NHL Director of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan could be heading to Calgary to be the team’s president. This reeks of desperation, even if Shanahan was a very quality player in his time.

If you want to believe what the CBC is saying about this and how talks have already started between the team and Shanahan, you may be led to believe that this is a good idea. I think it is far from it. Shanahan seems in over his head in the main office as it is. Is that going to be any better if he moves to Calgary to be their president? There are a ton of things that have to be fixed with the Flames going into next season.

They probably need a new goalie if Miikka Kiprusoff retires, as is expected. Calgary has to get younger without any doubt and after trading Jarome Iginla during the regular season, they need a new face of the organization. There aren’t any interior candidates right now that fill that role. I hope Calgary goes out in free agency and makes a big splash so the fans have something to look forward to.

There isn’t going to be a ton of excitement for a front office shakeup. The once-proud franchise appears to be slipping further and further into obscurity. Shanahan wouldn’t fix that.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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