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Feaster on state of Flames: “It’s clear we have to make changes”

Apr 10, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

Jay Feaster AP

If today’s press conference was any indication, the Calgary Flames are in for a major overhaul.

That’s the message GM Jay Feaster delivered in Tuesday’s state of the franchise address, admitting he and Flames brass need to rethink the organization’s philosophy.

“In my mind, what we have to do as a hockey department is we have to change the nature of the debate here – or the discussion, not the debate,” he said. “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.”

That’s a harsh, frank assessment from a guy that pushed hard to make the playoffs this season with the group inherited from previous GM Darryl Sutter. Feaster added veteran presences like Scott Hannan and Mike Cammalleri to a team that was knocking on the postseason door for most of the year but, once again, fell short.

Falling short — again — was enough for Feaster to realize a new approach was in order.

“We’ve missed the playoffs for three straight years. It’s clear we have to make changes,” he explained. “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.”

Feaster’s quotes have led many to assume that captain Jarome Iginla will be moved, but other franchise cornerstones could also be in play. Miikka Kiprusoff has two years left on a deal that pays $5.8 million annually and is still one of the league’s elite netminders. Hannan, Olli Jokinen, Cory Sarich and David Moss are all unrestricted free agents while Blake Comeau, Mikael Backlund and Blair Jones are RFAs.

Feaster wasn’t quite ready to announce a fire sale on Wednesday, but did say a full-scale review was going to happen.

“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.”

Should be an interesting offseason in Cowtown.

  1. govtminion - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Build a team like the one you’ve iced the past few years, and I’ll bet you won’t have to stand there next April 10th to explain a fourth year out of the playoffs. I’d have to think they’ll finally fire you.

  2. millertime30 - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Mannnn, that picture gives me the creeps.

    • bcisleman - Apr 10, 2012 at 7:08 PM

      Very Shrek-like.

    • contraryguy - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:40 PM

      The guy’s name is Feaster… you would expect him to not miss a meal.

      As far as trading Iginla, heck, send him here to Cbus… if ya can’t beat him (and the Jackets never can)… BUY him.

    • babar61 - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:58 PM

      Agreed, that picture is creepy…but feaster in general gives me the creeps.

  3. bcisleman - Apr 10, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    If Feaster tries to move Iggy at the draft, it’ll sure cut into the market for Nash. Really screw the Jackets.

  4. murtdurt - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    This city truly deserves playoff hockey. It revolves around hockey from minor hockey to junior and the whl. Ownership needs to realize they need to do whatever it takes to get the pieces in place so next year the red mile will make it’s long awaited return.

  5. sjsharksfan11 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Did Feaster mention anything about laying off the double cheeseburgers?

  6. hibackhand - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Looks like Uncle Fester.

  7. hibackhand - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    It’s all the rage these days for GMs to apologize publicly. Weird. And the ones on teams in the basement are all smiles at the Draft Lottery.

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