The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - September 5th, 2013

Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE

Brian Burke might join the Flames front office.

It appears the Calgary Flames may be set to add some truculence to their front office.

According to reports, former Toronto Maple Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke is in discussions with the Flames to join the club in some executive capacity.

Nothing official has been announced and his potential role with the club hasn't been specified.

There are two new KHL teams this season.

Now, as it prepares to open its sixth season Wednesday, the league has regained its confidence and momentum, moving markedly closer to its goal of creating a competitive, international alternative to the NHL.

It may not yet be a true rival as the world’s premier place to play the game – in large part because the business of sports in Russia today means none of the teams are profitable. Even so, the league and its teams enjoy the lavish patronage of Russia’s industrial giants and the political support of President Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin, which views sport as an instrument of Russia’s domestic and foreign policy.

The league starts the new season with 28 teams, having added Admiral in Vladivostok and Medvescak in Croatia’s capital, Zagreb. The teams now play in eight nations across a staggering nine time zones, stretching from Central Europe to Asia. In June, a group of billionaires with personal ties to Putin bought a stake in one of Finland’s top teams, Jokerit, along with its arena in Helsinki, clearing the way for it to join the league next season, and creating a furor at home.

Daniel Briere is "finally ready" to play for the team he cheered for during his childhood.

The best-known of the Montreal Canadiens’ off-season acquisitions, along with tough guy George Parros and defenceman Douglas Murray, was mobbed by media as he joined his new teammates for the first time at the club’s annual charity golf tournament on Tuesday.

Briere, 35, signed a two-year contract worth US$4-million per season after he was bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers, who were in salary-cap trouble and couldn’t keep the 5-foot-10 centre.

“I take it a step at a time, with today being the first step,” said Briere. “The biggest step will be wearing that jersey out onto the ice.

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