While speaking on Flames TV, Brian Burke touched upon a few other things in addition to his response to John Tortorella. He spoke about the future of Bob Hartley, the continuing search for a GM, thoughts on Sean Monahan, and goaltending within the Flames franchise.
Burke confirmed that Bob Hartley will be coaching the Flames next year. As was previously written, Burke clearly stated that “Bob is exactly what I want.” In reference to the search for a new GM, Brian stated that they will continue looking now that the Flames season is over and the new GM will decide whether or not to keep Hartley on as coach.
I think the Flames team works well under the direction of Hartley. I hope the new GM will be able to see this quickly and understand that resigning Hartley would be in the best interests of everyone.
Even though the Flames did not make playoffs for another year, Burke stated that it was not a “lost or wasted season” because of the “positive developments” that were made. He gave high praise to the coaching staff and some of the young players who have obviously proven to him that they are worthy of remaining at the NHL level.
One such player is Sean Monahan. Burke had nothing but positive feedback for the 19 year old, explaining that he had a great season and that “this kid played his way onto the team.” He went on to say, “his parents did a good job…this is a great young man…a special kid.”
As for goaltending, Burke made it abundantly clear that Karri Ramo will start in net next season because of his excellent play in the second half of the season, reiterating, “he deserves to come back here as the number one goaltender.”
Burke also clearly explained that Ortio will not be the Flames back-up goaltender for an understandable reason, “I want him playing somewhere.” I’m guessing that Joni Ortio will probably remain on the Flames AHL affiliate as starting goalie.
So, it seems that Burke is relatively happy with the Flames rise this season in spite of the fact that they didn’t make playoffs. I believe most of the fan base would agree with you, Brian, because I know I do. The more I hear him speak, the more I realize that, although he may have his haters, I am not one of them. I like Burke’s way of thinking and I agree with a lot of what he has to say. He’s done good things for the Flames this season as Head Of Hockey Operations and I believe he has the teams best interest in mind.
Thank you, Burkie, for all you’ve done so far!