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from Jake Becker of The Fischler Report,
HOW SOON DO YOU THINK TORTS WILL RETURN TO THE NHL?
I think time heals all wounds. I don’t think for a minute that Torts was anything other than what people knew he was. I think Mike Gillis knew the issues, the positives and the negatives. In my mind the issue really came down to that infamous day when he decided to try to get in the locker room when [Calgary head coach] Bob Hartley was antagonizing.
Bob is the godfather to my son Ryan, and I consider Torts to be one of my best friends, too. It was ironic, but I believe that John will get back. General managers in the league know he’s a good coach, and you take the good with the bad. Part of what makes him a good coach is that he does not have the political correctness gene. He is not worried about what you or me or what anybody else thinks about him – he’s going to do what he thinks is right. I think some time away, so time to decompress, I think that’ll be good for him.
I don’t have any doubt that at some point in time, a team is going to be struggling and a team is going to need some discipline, some structure, and a general manager is going to say, “This is a guy that can provide it.”
from Joe Smith of Lightning Strikes,
"It's awesome," Feaster said. "The previous ownership group that (Jeff Vinik) bought it from, they did everything they could to try to purge any evidence and record and memory of the 04 Cup win. So it's nice to be welcomed back like this."
Feaster called Vinik "the best owner in the game" and believes he'll bring the Lightning a Cup. He lauded Vinik for his community efforts and hiring good people, allowing general manager Steve Yzerman to do his job. Feaster doesn't want to get in Yzerman's way, and will stick to youth initiatives at putting more sticks in kids hands and growing the game. Feaster talked about the efforts to make hockey a sanctioned sport in Florida high schools, using hockey-based learning programs in schools, getting more invovled in the learn to play initiative.
Feaster just never thought that he'd come back to Tampa Bay and neither Vinny Lecavalier nor Marty St. Louis would be there. Lecavalier was bought out last summer. St. Louis forced his awkward departure in March by requesting a trade to the Rangers after not getting initially picked for Team Canada, which was run by Lightning GM Steve Yzerman.
"It hurt," Feaster said.
“Anytime you’re going after free agent players, it doesn’t matter their status … I do believe players look for opportunity, and they want to see where they’d be on the depth chart. They want to see how many guys are ahead of them, and there’s no doubt in our minds that, you know, as a result of our committing last year to a rebuild, we are a team that offers tremendous opportunity,”
-Jay Feaster, GM of the Calgary Flames. More on the Flames from Daniel Austin of the Calgary Sun.
from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,
“We have to change the nature of the discussion here. The discussion shouldn’t be, `can we assemble a team that’s good enough to be eighth or maybe in a good year get into seventh spot, and then anything can happen.’
“That isn’t what this organization aspires to be. It isn’t good enough.”
Feaster refused to comment on the future of head coach Brent Sutter, who is without a contract for next season, captain Jarome Iginla, goalie Miikka Kiprusoff or any other individual.
“I will be sitting down with (team president ) Ken King and ownership, and I will be reviewing every player in the organization and every member of the hockey operations staff,” Feaster said. “And I’ll be making recommendations as it relates to players, staff and coaches.
“We’ve missed the playoffs for three straight years. It’s clear we have to make changes. We’re going to have to do a number of things this off-season because this is not a situation I want to be in next year. I’ll tell you that right now. I have no interest in standing here on April 10th next year and explaining why it is we’ve missed the playoffs.”
STATEMENT FROM FLAMES GENERAL MANAGER JAY FEASTER ON THE GAME CLOCK DELAY IN LOS ANGELES
Thursday, February 2, 2012 “It is our understanding the NHL is already investigating this matter. Moreover, as Colin Campbell was quoted as saying, once the game is over it is over. There is nothing the NHL is going to do, or can do, to correct the situation if, indeed, there was a mistake made in that game. Rather than crying over what happened in a game in which we did not take part, our time and energies are devoted to our own team and doing everything we can to win the games we play and in so doing qualify for the post-season. We sincerely believe that is a much better and more efficient use of our time and effort.”
Calgary Flames General Manager
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
“You don’t have a conversation now with a manager that you don’t hear that it needs to be dollar for dollar,” said Feaster, who is strapped with a league-high 11 no-trade clauses and has 11 players who have cap hits of more than US$3 million.
“Some guys will be honest with you up front and say, forget dollar for dollar, I have to win the battle of the dollars. I want to send more out than I’m taking back.
“That’s the tough thing. Guys want to match up term, too. It’s difficult when you have contracts with term and big dollars.
“I had to laugh, I had one guy say to me it has to be a fair deal skill for skill, but it has to be even money, too.”
Fair is what Feaster is going for, and he says he’s maintained his previous relationships with the league’s GMs in spite of being slightly separated since stepping down in Tampa just after the 2008 draft.
“If you set out when you start the phone calls and you start the discussions that you’re going to be the one who’s gonna dominate the trade and you’re looking to screw the other guy, it’d be tough to put a deal together,” Feaster said with a laugh.
“At the end of the day, what you hope is the guy you get, the asset you get helps you. That’s what you want.”
via Vicki Hall tweet,
Darryl Sutter just stepped down asa general manager. Jay Feaster takes over.
Calgary, AB– Calgary Flames President & CEO Ken King announced today that Darryl Sutter is stepping down as Executive VP and General Manager of the hockey club. Effective immediately, Jay Feaster has been appointed Acting General Manager and will assume full and complete responsibilities for day to day hockey operations.
“Darryl has performed valuable service to the Calgary Flames organization for 8 years,” said King. “He was the leader that ignited a renaissance of Flames hockey, moving us from a non-playoff team to an organization that was viewed as a respected and popular contender each year. We thank Darryl for his leadership and his important contributions to re-establishing the Calgary Flames as a model franchise. As we enter the next phase of our growth in the NHL, we are restructuring our leadership and processes. We are pleased that Darryl has agreed to assist in an orderly transition and will provide his valuable guidance in the process. He remains dedicated to the success of the team he worked so hard to build”.
“We will move forward under a new administration with Jay leading our hockey operations as Acting General Manager,” said King. “For the remainder of this season, Jay will be provided the opportunity to evaluate the team from the GM’s chair and build a long term plan. We believe that while we continue to compete for a playoff position this season, this period will provide both the organization and Jay time to decide on critical future decisions.”
I’ve made a slight change to my slowly-evolving routine here lately, scrapping JJ’s Three Cheers as a regular feature and committing to keeping a heavy emphasis on the local club, the Tampa Bay Lightning. We’ll still be keeping close tabs on the Southeast Division as a whole but, in keeping with dance-with-the-girl-that-brung-ya tradition, won’t be straying from the day-to-day happenings with the Bolts in favor of opining elsewhere. If it’s timely and relevant, and I actually have an opinion on some other Southeast matter, I’ll touch on it, as expected. But I won’t even attempt to do so if that means sacrificing Lightning material.
I just think that makes sense.
I’ll have thoughts on leaguewide matters, as usual, and I do later today, in fact but, regarding Three Cheers, I’m getting away from that – despite the ease with which it was thrown together each day – mostly because juuuuuuust about everyone else out there does something very similar on a regular basis. And, hell, I’m an original – or at least that’s my claim.
So that’s that. Moving on…
The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning share a home state, divisional alignment and the perks of leaving their home rinks to 80 degree-plus temperatures on the regular.
Their tenure as National Hockey League member franchises is nearly identical as well, with Tampa entering the league for the 1992-93 season and Florida one year later.
But you won’t find much evidence of a rivalry when speaking to current players from these clubs and, from members of the organizations of years gone by, what once sounded like legitimate hostilities have either fizzled into forced assertions or a longing for the good ol’ days.
It can’t hold a candle to the long-standing, emotionally charged levels of Calgary/Edmonton, Boston/Montreal or Colorado/Detroit.
It’s not likely to ever split households, a la Islanders/Rangers or Canadiens/Maple Leafs.
And, though both teams have had their share of supreme talents over the years, the odds of a superstar-driven rivalry, as in Ovechkin-Crosby/Capitals-Penguins, between the Lightning and Panthers are poor.
But there has to be something there still, right?
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“You don’t want to change the fundamentals of the game,. Sometimes we beat ourselves up and say there are problems with our game and I don’t think that’s the case. It isn’t a case of the game being broken, but it’s a matter of studying these things, being pro-active. From that standpoint, I think it’s important that whatever we do that the fans don’t perceive it as some radical change.”
-Jay Feaster, Asst. GM of the Calgary Flames, talking from the R & D Camp in Toronto. Dan Rosen of NHL.com has more on this topic.
from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
It’s Jacques Demers on the phone. He’s got one simple question.
“Why aren’t you in the National Hockey League?”
The immediate response, as Jay Feaster remembers it, is equally straightforward.
“Because nobody’s ever given me the chance.”
This is 1998.
Demers, new general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, is looking for an able assistant. Feaster is looking for a leg up.
It appears to be a fit.
from the CP at TSN,
Jay Feaster is prepared to butt heads if he has to with Flames general manager Darryl Sutter.
“He can’t have a harder head than John Tortorella did,” the new assistant general manager insisted Tuesday. “It can’t be.”
The combative Tortorella was Feaster’s coach when the two won the 2004 Stanley Cup together with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning beat the Flames in seven games to take the championship that year.
Feaster was hired earlier this month to work alongside the strong-willed Sutter next season.
“I like those old-school guys,” Feaster said in his first face-to-face meeting with Calgary media.
One has to wonder if we’ve seen the last of Sutter.
No, not because Feaster’s signing makes the Flames GM more vulnerable to be fired. But because with Sutter’s obvious distaste for the media, we shouldn’t be surprised if it’s Feaster who stands in front of the mic instead of Sutter for future state-of-the-union addresses.
-Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun. More on Feaster from Francis.
Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames Executive Vice President & General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that Jay Feaster has been appointed Assistant General Manager. Feaster joins the Flames organization to build on his decorated managerial career which includes a Stanley Cup Championship as General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 and a Calder Cup Championship as the President of the Hershey Bears (American Hockey League) in 1997.
“We have contemplated additional hockey management resources for sometime,” said Sutter. “We are pleased to have someone of Jay’s experience and track record become part of our executive group. He will make important contributions to our organization.”
Feaster joins Senior Vice President & Assistant General Manager Michael Holditch as central figures with the Flames hockey management group.
“I am very pleased to join such a first-class organization as the Flames, and I truly welcome the opportunity to work with Darryl and his entire hockey department staff,” said Feaster. “Having managed in the NHL, there were not many situations that would have been attractive in an AGM role; however, the minute Darryl phoned me I was ready to sign-on. My family and I look forward to making Calgary our new home.”
This one slipped past us earlier today. From the Montreal Gazette:
Colorado looks for GM ‘in-house’: A report in the Denver Post said fired Colorado Avalanche general manager François Giguère will be replaced by “one of several in-house candidates.” If that’s the case, you can bet team president Pierre Lacroix has already decided Patrick Roy will be behind the Colorado bench next season.
Thanks to Avs Talk for the pointer.
There’s more from Damian Cristodero at Lightning Strikes on Jay Feaster’s interest in the GM spot in Colorado:
“He was my main mentor in hockey and we have been close through the years,” Feaster said Wednesday of Lacroix. “I have known Pierre Lacroix for a long time ... and certainly let him know of my interest in managing again in the National Hockey League and that I would truly enjoy working with him.”
From Jay Feaster at The Hockey News,
Brian Burke arrived in Toronto to great fanfare and he wasted little time before demonstrating why he is a media favorite. From quipping that former Leafs captain Mats Sundin has “two dollars less than God” and thus won’t be making a decision based on money, to stating that the Leafs’ third and fourth lines need to bring “belligerence” and “testosterone,” etc., Burkie blew into town like a perfect storm.
While that is the Brian Burke the public and media often see, I want to give you a glimpse into the “other” Brian Burke some of us inside the game are fortunate enough to know: in short, the “kinder and gentler” Burkie.
from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,
Have you made any inquiries about general manager positions?
I’ve talked to people who ultimately are going to be helpful when openings occur. I will never go after a general manager’s job when there’s an incumbent general manager there. If that means I don’t ever work as a general manager again, so be it. But I believe there really is a right way to go about things in this business, and the way it’s respected.
I have talked to some owners in the game who know me well, and I’ve asked, “If there are openings with other teams, would you be willing to talk to your fellow owner for me?”
We all expected this…
The Tampa Bay Lightning and general manager Jay Feaster have parted ways. Sources tell TSN that club has negotiated a settlement on the remaining three years of his contract.
added 1:06pm, from Lightning Strikes,
Feaster said he will not be available to the media Friday, but had two extensive quotes in a team release.
“For the past two weeks I have watched from the sidelines as Brian Lawton, Len Barrie and Oren Koules executed to perfection the game-plan they shared with us prior to the NHL Draft in Ottawa,” Feaster said. “During that time it became apparent to me that this new ownership group did not need my advice or expertise, and I came to the conclusion that it was time to move on. When I expressed that sentiment to Oren and Len they immediately agreed to honor my contract and accept my resignation. I thank them for working with me through a difficult time and I wish them every continued success.”
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
...Feaster has a brilliant mind, his legal background and the way he goes about taking care of his business and those around him are something to be admired. He has a clear and concise understanding of the collective bargaining agreement. And his abilities when it comes to public speaking are second to none, as are his abilities to negotiate contracts.
But, how much pride can he swallow? I was told not too long ago that “Jay would fit in’’, but the question is, where? What can he do for the new ownership? Where would he fit in? And how could Jay be counted on to produce when he would feel unwanted?
I believe that this will be cleared up in the coming days. The word circulating around, and it’s more of just a theory right now, but a buy out could be negotiated with Feaster that would allow both sides to come to an amicable agreement that would see both sides able to walk away from each other.
Since the Koules/Barrie superteam took over, nearly all of the press releases regarding player movement have been announced by one of them or new executive something-or-other Brian Lawton.
I’m not sure what Feaster is doing these days but there’s a good chance he’s collecting a nice check while sitting in an air-conditioned office watching reruns of The Surreal Life on Tivo rather than calling GMs and dealing with the league.
And Bruce Garrioch shares this theory at Off the Posts today:
The whisper amongst NHL executives is he has three years left on his contract, is on the verge of being fired and will likely get a buyout from the Bolts.
My opinion of Garrioch rumors notwithstanding, he might be onto something. Feaster is a ghost these days.
Update 3:00pm ET: The new Lightning owners and Barry Melrose will be available for questions at an open town hall meeting next Tuesday. No indication that Feaster will be attending.
via Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Feaster would not confirm the various two-month-old reports that Barry Melrose will be installed as the Lightning’s new bench boss, but did admit the new coach will be hired by the new ownership group.
“It’s not my search. I think that the owners have some real ideas in where they want to go,” said Feaster, who jokingly added, “one of the reasons I showed up [at the coach’s dinner last night] was to see who sits down, so I can find out who is my new coach.”
from Jay Feaster at the Hockey News,
The activity has already heated up as the phone calls have started to come more furiously since the roster freeze at Christmas. I think it’s the mere fact there’s a deadline, that there’s a date you have to get things done by if you’re going to do something. Also, at the midway point in the season you have to assess your team because the GM meeting is coming up in February, about two weeks before the trade deadline.
With the All-Star Game approaching, you can bet the managers have already started thinking about where they are. By the time the GM meeting comes, things will really start to heat up. It’s certainly a time when things start to crystallize a whole lot more.