There’s nothing like a slow off season to spark rumors for the Calgary Flames. One of them that seems to be gaining speed is the one involving a front office position and the famed John Davidson.
A goalie for 10 seasons, Davidson as lead an equally active retirement in broadcasting for the New York Rangers and then was named President of Hockey Operations for the St. Louis Blues. With the recent purchase of the Blues, his future with the organization might be in question and has fueled the rumor mill. While Davidson has denied talking with the Flames about a position, it hasn’t stopped people from talking.
Davidson would be a natural fit as the GM of the team, as he is intelligent in both the game and business sides of hockey. In his time with the Rangers, he taught me more about hockey than every other analysis combined. As my father said, learning hockey from Davidson was like taking math classes with Einstein and art from Picasso, there is no one better out there to learn from. His knowledge in the Calgary front office can only lead to good things.
The only problem? Jay Feaster (sorry I don’t know why I put Ken King before, I know the difference, shame on me for doing this while at work) is still GM of the Calgary Flames, the only open position for the Flames is head coach.
While no official announcement has been made about the head coaching position, the rumors surround that post are equally rumor-tastic. On the top of that list is current assistant coach of the Rangers Mike Sullivan. Currently tied up with the Rangers season, it is very possible that the Flames are waiting for his season to end before making an offer. The position has been open for 42 days now and the draft is less than a month away at this point, the Flames should be making an announcement sooner rather than later if they want to be effective at the draft in June.
The summer is shaping up to be an interesting one for behind the bench, and who knows, maybe there will be some changes on the bench.
Go Flames Go