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Columnist: Feaster has to shake up Flames at draft

Jun 22, 2012, 10:58 AM EDT

Jay Bouwmeester AP

Jay Feaster needs to make something happen at the draft, argues the Calgary Sun’s Eric Francis. The Flames’ GM can’t simply show up, announce his picks, and head home.

A trade or two to acquire more picks, run a pricey veteran out of town, acquire more youth and shake up the franchise, energize the fans … something.

Anything but the status quo.

If there’s one team that’s been associated with “status quo” the last few seasons, it’s the Flames. And considering they’ve missed the playoffs three times in a row and haven’t won a playoff series since 2004, that’s not a good thing.

What could Feaster do? Trading defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and “his gawdy US$6.7 million cap hit” is one option, writes Francis.

Despite the fact JayBo’s overpaid by a couple of million, there should still be a market for his services. The 28-year-old logged 25:57 per game in 2011-12, and 29 points isn’t terrible.

  1. somekat - Jun 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    They could move him, they wouldn’t get much in return. He’s still a solid defenseman, but he is nowhere near a 6.7 million player. Even if you move him to a team trying to hit the floor (that is in place this year, correct?), you aren’t going to get much of a return. They’d be lucky to pick up a 2nd round pick

    • kitshky - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      You’re right, and its a shame. I suppose he’s not that first player to get judged by his contract and not on his skill.

      (of course I’d take a little abuse for $6.7…)

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    First off Eric Francis is an idiot! I do however agree with what he’s saying, the Flames do need to shake up the core they have. I guess Bouwmeester is the logical scapegoat because of his contract, they thought they were getting a great offensive defenseman but he just has produced any O for them, BUT he’s actually been really solid defensively and is easily the best skating defenseman on the team. Basically he’s the anti-Phaneuf.

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