The Calgary Flames made a pair of moves in the past week, both of which were not entirely unexpected.
???It has been a disappointing season,??? says Marco Shane at a media availability yesterday morning. ???We expected better things from our young core, but it just didn???t seem to...click.???
The rookie General Manager had a unique task of taking on a vacant position that no one was touching with a 30-foot pole, after The Incident ?? which lead to the vacancy in the EHEC. Shane has been on record several times stating that his first order of business was a top-to-down investigation of the organization he was taking over and ???weed out??? any problem employees.
???This season has nothing to do with that,??? says Shane. ???When I took over, I sat down with Pete (DeBoer) and we figured out how we wanted to take this program. We identified a young core of players that we wanted to build around and we are going forward with that in mind.???
Shane made a pair of moves with the trade deadline looming, moving goalie Chris Gibson and Defenseman Josh Thrower to San Jose for two prospects and a third -round pick in the upcoming draft. The Calgary GM followed that up by moving Nico Hischier to Pittsburgh for Jesperi Kotkaniemi and another third-round pick.
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