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
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?