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Welcoming Kelly Kisio

Posted 1:17 PM ET | Comments 24
What Kelly Kisio would bring to the Flames is a popular question right now.

The Calgary Hitmen are in the Memorial cup and over the past few years have been perennial contenders in the WHL and there is a very simple reason for that. Drafting and trading. The Globe and mail is reporting that Kisio has a job waiting for him after the Memorial Cup and to be honest I like it but have some reservations.

The simple fact is that Kisio has an eye for talent, his trades are shrewd and he can run a team so as a right hand man for Darryl it sounds like a nice fit. He could bring with him an extensive scouting staff from the Hitmen than has a very good track record of knowing and picking future players. The Flames current scouting staff needs and overhaul but it is a tricky thing to do, unless of course you have a replacement scouting staff, like Kisio's, to bring in it's place or augment with.

Recently D.Sutter has garnered a reputation as a closed G.M. who listens to no one and advice could be met with venom so it will be interesting to see if this goes down and how it works. Bringing in a replacement G.M. will make Sutter more accountable, after all his replacement, temporary or otherwise, would be waiting in the wings. Sutter's outlook and ideal identity for his team have grown stale, with the fan and with the players, Kisio might be a nice breath of fresh air for a team desperately in need of one.

Some of the reasons I would like Kisio as an assistant G.M. of the Flames:

Has experience and success at a managerial level of a junior team. Since being the g.m of the Hitmen they made the playoffs every year and have twice won the WHL title, currently in the 2010 memorial cup.
Has players respect for playing over 750 games in the NHL.
Has a background in scouting and scouting for the Flames.
Bases success on drafting and astute trades.
Is already in Calgary and has a pulse for the city, team, players and organization.

On one of my recent blog comments "hockeycrazy" inquired about Kisio and from what I am hearing it is prophetic.

Filed Under:   Flames   Kisio   Sutter  
May 21, 2010 2:46 PM ET | Delete
So basically Kisio's job would be to tackle Darryl before he can fax off more trades for Ales Kotalik?
May 21, 2010 3:00 PM ET | Delete
May 21, 2010 6:43 PM ET | Delete
At the very least I would hope he'd improve the scouting. I do wonder just how much influence he could have over Darryl but a new voice in the organization is a good thing.
May 21, 2010 7:45 PM ET | Delete
they couldn't get much worse Kaspar :)
May 22, 2010 1:44 AM ET | Delete
Meh. Lets celebrate when some positive transaction actually occurs (hopefully by the draft)
May 22, 2010 1:59 AM ET | Delete
there are rumors about the draft but I am to worried about being slammed to say
May 22, 2010 2:20 AM ET | Delete
SAY!!! This is a rumor site, and no one is looking at flame blogsI know Nystrom is gone, assume White is gone, but something big is amiss. Reggie is something, but I think a trade on top of him....to WAS as pkg for a Semin or a top flight scorer?
May 22, 2010 3:50 AM ET | Delete
There is no way they lose both Nystrom AND White. That's like $5M in cap space (which they do have, the problem is they don't have any money to improve the team after that), what else are they going to spend the money on? Besides White is an RFA and I doubt Darryl will be willing to have him leave after he was one of the big pieces in the Dion deal.
May 22, 2010 3:51 AM ET | Delete
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May 22, 2010 1:41 PM ET | Delete
FLflames34 The reason I am afraid because I have people making fun of me about my writing there even going to my sites and doing it. They have me thinking of quit blogging. But the rumor is the Flames are trying to dump a major contract to get a first rouder.
May 22, 2010 7:19 PM ET | Delete
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May 22, 2010 10:43 PM ET | Delete
I believe that rumor. We need to have less money committed to liabilities anyway. Regehr, if someone will give us a 1st, would be great. Hell, Id package ballerina Stajan and a Moss or someone similar for a 1st, if anyone would do it (which they wouldn't)
May 22, 2010 10:52 PM ET | Delete
I agree no one silly enough to do it.
May 22, 2010 11:12 PM ET | Delete
Marleau! Marleau!
May 22, 2010 11:44 PM ET | Delete
I can second that woudl love to have him here.
May 23, 2010 2:27 PM ET | Delete
FLAMESTR just use spell check and you'll get way less heat.
May 23, 2010 5:01 PM ET | Delete
Flamestr, first of all no one said we have to have perfect grammer, I don't usually have perfect grammer or spelling. Secondly if you want to mail me what you have i'll be glad to write it up and i'll always give credit where it's due.
May 23, 2010 5:49 PM ET | Delete
I will try guys thanks you to
May 24, 2010 12:37 PM ET | Delete
Sorry after re-reading my earlier post it came off much harsher than i intended. Simply meant as a piece of advice because I've read a few of your blogs and like the content but that was my one issue. Otherwise tho, don't give up because of some internet trolls.
May 24, 2010 9:19 PM ET | Delete
Never took that away Iggy you never been rude to me no problem. Also saneopinio I did what I told you I was going to do.
May 25, 2010 12:54 PM ET | Delete
Hey, I saw George Johnson stole your idea the other day
May 25, 2010 11:36 PM ET | Delete
Okay I have to ask who's idea?
May 25, 2010 11:49 PM ET | Delete
Yes he stole his idea on Kelly the other day.
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