Some may have been surprised by the Calgary Flames' hiring of Brian Burke to be the team's president of hockey operations on Thursday. After all, the Flames already have general manager Jay Feaster in place.
But it's a model that's been used in a few markets around the NHL, especially in Alberta.
Calgary's biggest foe, the Edmonton Oilers, put a similar system in place in 2008 when Kevin Lowe moved up in the front office from general manager to president of hockey operations. The Oilers are entering their first full season with Lowe and Craig MacTavish, who was hired as GM in April.
So with the Flames front office being led by two Stanley Cup winners, NHL Network analyst and former Flames GM Craig Button said he believes the Burke/Feaster combination could prove to be a winning one in Calgary.