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Here's hoping Calgary Flames rookie Sven Baertschi responds properly to comments from Brian Burke

Flames sniper Sven Baertschi was the recipient of some critical words from Brian Burke on Monday....

Flames sniper Sven Baertschi was the recipient of some critical words from Brian Burke on Monday. (DARREN MAKOWICHUK/QMI Agency)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:33 AM ET

CALGARY - In all likelihood, Brian Burke’s intent was a kick in pants for Sven Baertschi.

Nothing more.

Ya, it sure makes you wonder what it will be to see what a real lambasting looks like from the Calgary Flames president of hockey operations after he somewhat unloaded Monday, but rest assured Burke truly wants the club’s 2011 first-round draft choice to blossom into a star for the team.

The sooner Baertschi accepts Burke’s message, implements the expectations the organization has of him, the sooner he will be the best he can be.

And now, as the Flames head into Thursday’s season-opener in Washington against the Capitals (5 p.m., TSN), how Baertschi reacts will become one of the big storylines the rest of the way.

Will he be stung by what Burke said to the point he becomes paralyzed by fear?

It’s possible, even for just a short spell.

Will he be hurt to the point he rebels?

Honestly, can’t see that being the outcome.


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