Thursday, April 5, 2012

Some Questions I Want Our Completely Unintimidated Media To Ask

So on twitter the other day, I asked George Johnson, Vicki Hall, John Down, and Scott Cruickshank when I could expect to see their articles talking discussing Ken Kings meddling in the hockey operations.

And today what did the good people of Calgary get? We got woe is me stories about how much of a bummer it is to the players, really and truly, to miss the playoffs from Johnson,Vicki Hall writing something about how it sucks for little boy Bouwmeester to not be in the playoffs, and Gio having a heart

Now, while I am sure it is news to somebody out there that the Flames won't make the playoffs, or that Bouwmeester never has, or that Gio may be captain someday, it isn't news to most fans. Which makes publishing those types of stories look a bit odd, considering that yesterday, Mike Keenan was dropping bombs on your moms and leveling some pretty serious accusations against the club, the main one being that Jay Feaster, nominal GM of the club, probably doesn't have the power to operate the hockey operations department without interference from Ken King, and Keenan thinks that because he charged that Darryl Sutter didn't have the power to operate hockey operations without interference from King.

To me, that is quite a charge, for a couple of reasons. It strikes at the narrative that Darryl was Caesar. It strikes at the narrative, provided by Ken King himself, that Ken King isn`t involved in hockey operations, and it strikes at the narrative that Jay Feaster is the GM of this hockey club and is the guy making hockey decisions.

In other words, actual news broke yesterday, and the main beat writers for the club ignored it. Hmmm. Nothing to see here folks, just move along.

Now one of the reasons I am disappointed in the fact that the papers are not covering the biggest story involving the Flames right now is that there are some questions that I think need to be raised, and the fans deserve answers to.

Did Ken King green-light the Dion Phaneuf for spare parts trade?

Did Ken King green-light the Matt Stajan extension?

Did Ken King green-light the Babchuk extension?

Did Ken King green-light the Regehr for Kotalik's contract trade?

And I think these questions should be asked for a reason. In the coming days, you are going to see the organization spin the news that King plays GM by saying that of course King plays GM, that is his job, to provide oversight. Notwithstanding the fact that King has always said in the past that he is not involved in the hockey operations of the club, King`s involvement in the hockey operations is going to be painted as a good thing.

But here is the rub: If Ken King is providing oversight, and this practice is found to have taken place when Darryl Sutter was here, then why was Ken King not fired for green-lighting the roster moves that got Darryl Sutter fired?

If Ken King is just as culpable for the crazy that took place during Darryl's last few years here, why is he still employed? Or if you don't want to go that far, why is he still allowed to oversee the hockey operations department?

The team does a press conference at the end of the year. I'd expect the press could request King's presence. I`m looking forward to the completely independent and not intimidated at all local press corp to bring these questions up.

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias Ken King should be fired.

Steve MacFarlane goes full apologist for Ken King in his latest article. Unreal.

"Even if it was true, and the Flames ownership group has its mitts firmly planted in the proceedings -- who cares?"

He actually wrote this. Well, for one, the fans care. Because we want qualified people running the show, not the owners pet former newspaper editor. And secondly, if it was truly not a big deal, why has King been lying about it and claiming he doesn't muddle in hockey operations? He must seem to think it would appear to be a big deal, no?

Just bizarre.


  1. These sport writers need to think a little longer term... Eventually having a poorly performing Flames team might actually lead to lower ticket sales and less overall interest in the team... And less work for the writers...

  2. It's disappointing to see what journalism has become. Sports writers used to be among the leaders in breaking stories and furthering journalism as an art form. Remember the little guy from Boston who broke the Alan Eagleson story? Yeah, that shit ain't gonna happen here. We have ourselves a bunch of toadies.

    Yeah, some of these guys are my friends. But I don't read their stuff anymore. It's too disheartening.

  3. Thats what I don't like. If I am in a situation where everyone is doing X, I do Y to get noticed. So these writers, I assume they want to make a name for themselves and get off the local beat and onto the national is that going to happen if you boot lick the org you cover? That creates no sizzle and adds no sex appeal to your name.

    I really just don't understand the sheep like attitude, to be honest. They know what is going on, they are with the team more than most...just say something.

  4. If they were to stand up and comment on it, the risk losing their ability to cover the team. So unless its groundbreaking reporting, they would rather be an employed sheep as opposed to an unemployed wolf.

  5. You've got to be kidding me.

    So if they lose their "ability to cover the team", they would just say so (CH: "We're kicked out of the dressing room!"). And then everybody would know that the Flames actually are as petty as some people claimed.

    Jesus, George Johnson still knows all the scuttlebutt about the team, and he singlehandedly forced the team to fire Crisp back in the day.

  6. Getting King fired is like trying to unhinge 'Dear Leader' from North Korea. It's not like a host of suitable NHL presidents grow on trees either. The problem, Dear DomeBeers, is that for one, you don't have near enough of a following to affect any sort of credible change, through the media or otherwise, and number two: Ken does a lot of things right on the business end, and he's smarter than you. And likely me. He doesn't have to write a blog anonymously to exert his will. He's also the world's biggest douchebag to work for/under. THAT is a well known fact. So whether we think he does or does not meddle in hockey ops will never be enough grounds for his dismissal. It's up to Feaster to fix the train. Johnson, Hall, or Sportak aren't going to do your dirty work. They need their jobs. They don't make as much money as you do D.B.

  7. I get the hunch that King is just a go between from the organization to Edwards. He is basically doing what he is told, from firing Keenan and hiring Brent Sutter (against Darryl's wishes apparatly), to trading Phaneuf, to handing out NTC and NMC to avaerage players.

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