Morning Skate: Brian Burke Added to the Flames Front Office

Let’s just take a moment to be thankful that when the NHL season begins, weather won’t delay the game for 30 minutes.

The top story yesterday was the Calgary Flames adding Brian Burke to their staff as president of team operations. It is an odd move, considering they already have Jay Feaster as the general manager, but this is a team that is clearly in the midst of a rebuilding phase. Feaster and Burke will be tag-teaming the effort to put the Flames back in playoff contention.

Calgary’s troubles is more than just losing Jarome Iginla. A lack of depth on the Flames roster has kept them from the playoffs. Their last trip to the postseason was in 2009 when they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round.

The Predators odds to make the playoffs are not likely according to Vegas.  The odds set for the Preds making the playoffs are 11/4, while the odds of Nashville being on the outside looking in is 2/7. It’s one thing for Vegas to predict Nashville won’t make the postseason, but those odds don’t speak to kindly to Predators fans.

In other Predator news this week, Mike Fisher got attacked by a chipmunk. So that happened…..

USA hockey fans everywhere cringed when Nike revealed the American jerseys for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Fans of the red, white and blue can take solace knowing that the U.S. team won’t be the only team looking ridiculous. A photo of the red Canada sweater leaked and it seems like Nike is trying to promote the “fake lace” look.” Yikes! It might be a bad looking Olympic tournament in 2014 as far as the uniforms go.

Also, I want this shirt. #LetsGoPerds


James Summerlin is a Staff Writer at and can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @jdsummerlin. For the latest updates in Predator news, follow @PredlinesNSH 

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