The Calgary Flames confirmed Monday they are, indeed, looking to expand their hockey operations department, and Brendan Shanahan is one of the possible hires the club has talked to. However, team president and CEO Ken King insists any such move will be made entirely with an eye on bolstering the club’s front-office braintrust and will not come at a cost of either his or Jay Feaster’s job or responsibilities. “This is not a death watch,” King told the Calgary Sun Monday following a weekend of speculation and reports revolving around the Flames pending hire. “I can tell you we are now on a long-term process to add depth to our hockey operations. 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.” Flames fans surprised by the news should find it a pleasant one as bolstering the front office is yet another sign the owners are committed to turning the club’s fortunes around. By employing yet another respected hockey mind, the internal debates on how the club should proceed with draft picks, free agents, trades and signings should be infinitely healthier than when Darryl Sutter ran things autonomously. “We are looking to add as many resources as possible to help us get back to winning,” King said. “We’ve been thinking about this and talking a lot about it for some time. A hallmark of this ownership group is providing resources — whether it’s spending to the cap or otherwise — to do whatever it takes to win.” Other than confirming the Flames had chatted with Sheriff Shanny, the league’s current Director of Player Safety (disciplinarian), King refused to comment on specific candidates like former Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, NHL Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell or NHLPA executive Mathieu Schneider.
Brendan Shanahan candidate for Calgary Flames front-office job
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