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Should Someone Lose Their Job In Calgary?

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

The Calgary Flames are used to getting nothing for their first- and third-round draft picks.

But to skip the formality of the draft altogether and simply gift your picks to someone else who may actually benefit from them seems unusually charitable, doesn’t it?

Surely, any organization that frittered away such assets to a rival would ensure heads rolled.

After all, shouldn’t management be as accountable as players?

The question, then, is whether GM Jay Feaster or someone else should lose their job following what could easily have gone down as one of the biggest front-office gaffes in NHL history.


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Calgary has to be one of the worst situations for a GM to be in. You have a meddling group of over sentimental owners who tie the hands of the GM to make the appropriate moves.  They have frittered away all value for Iginla by owners who insist on looking through the rear view window. Combined with their fiasco of having had hometown boys run the franchise into the ground. Now Feaster is trying to do something significant and it results in a stupid risk that almost critically damaged the franchise. This team is a mess and that mess resides primarily with its dysfunctional ownership.

Posted by timbits on 03/02/13 at 11:21 AM ET


there is apparently a rule in the cba that says rfa’s are not subject to this waiver rule. if this is true, which the Calgary organization quoted from the rule book so it sounded good, I think this was a great move.

iftheyhad gotten him, it would have been instant addition ofa good player. the salary structure really damages the avs now that they matched. sounds like a. win to me.

Posted by teldar on 03/02/13 at 12:25 PM ET

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I wish teams would put in offer sheets more. I know there are some good reasons why they don’t but this whole ‘gentleman’s agreement’ is lame. Trades, free agent signings and offer sheets add to the excitement I think, especially w/ the salary cap.  Teams’ fortunes are more and more related to a combination of on-ice and back-office success these days.

Posted by awould on 03/02/13 at 01:43 PM ET


“wish teams would put in offer sheets more. I know there are some good reasons why they don’t but this whole ‘gentleman’s agreement’ is lame. “

I would agree with that if there were any prospect that it could be successful. The reality is that all it does is jack the value unfairly for players and usually at the expense of low income teams.

Posted by timbits on 03/02/13 at 02:53 PM ET

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Why doesn’t the NHL do away with these type offer sheets?

Who am I kidding, they can’t even come up with a decent realignment for divisions and conferences or fix the shootout pt system, do away with trapezoid rule, Instigator Rule, install hybrid iceing, firing bettman and his lackeys etc….......

The question should be why is Feaster working in the front office of the NHL since he’s also an American lawyer along with bettman and daly.
Dark Ages in Calgary for hockey fans of the Flames, yikes.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 03/02/13 at 06:08 PM ET

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