Flames' struggles wearing on tired, ticked-off Brian Burke

Calgary Flames president Brian Burke has been losing sleep over the team's struggles. (LYLE...

Calgary Flames president Brian Burke has been losing sleep over the team's struggles. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)

Eric Francis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:47 PM ET

Don’t misinterpret Brian Burke’s relative silence for complacency.

Don’t mistake his low profile for inactivity, either.

Fact is, he’s ticked off, and he’s busy as hell, which makes for a highly combustible situation given how many times of late his faltering Calgary Flames have kept him up at night.

“I hate losing — that’s never going to change,” Burke told QMI Agency on Friday, ending nearly a month of silence.

“It’s not acceptable. We’re not getting the job done, and players know it’s not acceptable. The way it manifests itself is I don’t sleep. So I haven’t slept much.”

“But,” added Burke, the Flames president of hockey operations, “I’ve been through this before.”

A franchise-low seven straight home losses with just four goals in that frame, the Flames are in the type of tailspin fans should, quite frankly, have expected in the midst of an extensive and long overdue rebuild.


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