Brian Burke insists the fact that the Calgary Flames now have competition in the search to find another general manager will change absolutely nothing about his plan of attack.

Nearly four months after Burke explained the Christmas-time firing of Jay Feaster was done immediately so the club could get on with competing against the Buffalo Sabres for GM candidates, the Flames president of hockey operations says he still anticipates his last interviews will be conducted following the NHL Draft in late June.

“It doesn’t affect our search process at all,” said Burke, the Flames interim GM, when asked if the Vancouver Canucks firing of Mike Gillis would change his approach.

“We have a time-frame we’re going to follow. That means if a candidate comes off the list we simply proceed to follow our process. Our expectation is we will not receive permission to talk to at least a couple people on our list until after the draft, and if that’s the case, we will wait until then.”

Burke says even if the bulk of candidates are interviewed much earlier, he will wait until every candidate on his list is talked to before making his decision.

It’s quite likely several other teams needing GMs will fill their positions before the Flames do, but Burke wants to take his time to ensure he makes the right hire.

One man in a very interesting position now is Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman, who used to work with Burke and will undoubtedly be a coveted candidate for both organizations.