Again, this story’s a couple weeks old, but I haven’t had time to post very frequently. Jay Feaster has been fired from his position as general manager of the Calgary Flames, and no replacement has yet been named.
Feaster had no easy task when he became the GM a few years ago. Darryl Sutter left the Flames’ roster a mess, and the contracts of the players were ridiculous to say the least. The prospect pool was virtually non-existent, and there were but a couple of valuable assets the team had. Feaster made a few good moves, but on the whole, he didn’t do a very good job in Calgary. He made a few bad contracts, and didn’t pull off any effective trades. The assets he did bring to the team were minor players who didn’t have a huge impact on the team (however, it’s hard to blame him for that – few players would want to play for a team going through a rebuild). He traded Jarome Iginla for some good pieces, but if he’d pulled the trade off a couple years earlier, he would have gotten a lot more out of it. Mikka Kipprusoff was similarly played to his retirement, when he could have been traded for more essential pieces. A lot of what Feaster did seemed pointless, and the Flames appeared to be on the losing side of many trades, while continuing to overpay for mediocre players.
Not everything he did was bad, however. When he took up the post, the prospect pool was laughably poor. He turned that around one hundred and eight degrees; in a few years, he built one of the strongest prospect pools in the league. A lot of the players who’ve shown plenty of promise have yet to play for the Flames, but the distant future seems bright with the prospect pool the Flames have. There were a few signings that are paying off for the Flames; among those include Jiri Hudler and Denis Wideman (although the price is questionable). Unfortunately, that ends the list of what Feaster did well in Calgary. Most of his tenure will definitely be remembered as a failure, though too much blame can’t be placed on him, considering the mess he inherited.
No replacement has been named by the Flames yet, and Brian Burke (President of Hockey Operations) has assumed his responsibilities temporarily. There aren’t too many candidates for the job, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Burke take the post. He’s brought success to many teams in the past, and hopefully could do the same in Calgary. The only other GM I think would do well in Calgary in this stage is Paul Holmgren, though he’s currently still with the Philadelphia Flyers. Still, everytime the Flyers perform poorly, there’s always a lot of scrutiny and blame placed on him; if he ever leaves Philadelphia, I think he’d do in Calgary. He’s an aggresive GM, and at times like this, the Calgary Flames need someone aggresive to lead the Flames back to success they haven’t had for a decade now.