by Mike Chen on 05/14/09 at 05:18 PM ET
Oh, those wacky Tampa Bay Lightning. Oren Koules and company are lucky that there are riveting second-round series going on this week; otherwise, more people in the hockey world might have noticed his bit of public idiocy (and a bit of contempt, really) when it comes to previous Lightning GM Jay Feaster. From the Lightning’s open house (courtesy of Raw Charge):
This is where the Cowboy moniker was earned by OK Hockey. And it showed up on Monday night during the Q and A forum when Oren Koules declared to the world that Jay Feaster had never had the nerve to say he wouldn’t trade Vincent Lecavalier:
“Feaster probably said that after he was fired. He didn’t have the guts to say it before.”
Um…Oren? You might want to pull out your Saw DVDs and pop in the Lightning’s championship DVD where—on film, digitally encoded, preserved until the end of freakin’ time—Jay Feaster says that he didn’t want to be remembered as the guy who traded Vincent Lecavalier. Yes, he said it, and yes, he said it in public. He also said it in print and the story’s been around for years. And here’s a first-hand recount of the tale courtesy of Feaster’s blog at The Hockey News.
What’s sad about this whole thing is that Tampa Bay built up a pretty solid fan base since the start of the decade and OK Hockey’s arrogance and foot-in-mouth syndrome are killing any confidence the public has about the team’s management. Here’s hoping that Jacques Lemaire does end up in Tampa Bay as rumored so an old-school hockey guy can hopefully beat some humility into the team’s upper management.
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