“Absolutely,” Flames president Ken King said Friday morning. “The search was not over. There’s a long list of people we’re interested in, some of whom we’ve talked to and some of whom we’ll talk to yet.
“(Shanahan) was among a group. We thought he was a top guy.”
Remember, this is the outfit that, under Darryl Sutter’s stewardship, made 34 straight picks — over four years, including three first-rounders — and produced a single NHLer, Brandon Prust. That’s hard to do.
I'm glad they're still looking for someone. I still hold King accountable for most of this club's shortcomings over the years, and even regardless of those things, bringing in good personnel is never a bad idea.
It could happen well into the season. Problems the Flames face is absolute uncertainty. With realignment, trading away franchise players, rebuilding, etc. there are a lot of question marks heading into this season. I think by December even into the New Year the talks will start to increase. Or Weisbrod takes over as GM and Feaster is promoted to handle the hockey side of things an works along side Ken King.
You have to think once our new arena is built, the league expands, and there is more familiarity with the new alignment, ken king will move on completely.
Maybe it did, but 1 player out of 34 picks in that time frame is still really bad!
And lets be honest, Sutter had a terrible draft record even including Phaneuf, Backlund, Reinhart, etc. Not to mention all the 2nd rounders he traded.
Add Brodie to the list.
But you're probably right. Here's what King said about the difference in draft techniques:
“We’ve been somewhat criticized and maligned for our draft record — I think, frankly, with some justification,” said King. “More laterally, we would argue that it’s improved. You can’t audit these (draft) meetings, but the degree of thoroughness, the technology that’s applied, the whole discussion process, is exemplary. I’ve seen it for 12 years. I think this group is exercising exactly the right kind of due diligence. I think they’re exercising exactly the right kind of processes to come up with the best choices.”