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GM Feaster doesn’t want to call Flames rebuilding

Mar 28, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

Jay Feaster AP

After years of speculation, of the Calgary Flames falling short of the playoffs, Jarome Iginla is now a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Flames have traded away their superstar and captain rather than risk losing him for nothing this summer when his contract is scheduled to expire.

So, with one icon gone and the team’s postseason hopes slim at best, is it time for the Calgary Flames to finally fully embrace a rebuilding mentality?

“I don’t want to use the word ‘rebuild,’ ” said Flames GM Jay Feaster in a Calgary Sun report.

“We want to bring some more young players into this organization. There’s a gap from the 18- and 19-year-olds to the 27-, 28-, 29-year-olds”

If the Flames want to continue trading for young assets, they certainly have more players teams would be interested in. For example, defenseman Jay Bouwmeester would likely fetch a high price. He won’t be an unrestricted free agent until the summer of 2014, but the Flames could trade him now to avoid having to make another 11th hour decision like they did with Iginla.

36-year-old goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff is another interesting possibility, but a report suggested that he might refuse to play if traded.

Only time will tell if the Iginla trade represents a philosophic shift for the Flames or if they simply picked what they saw as the best option out of a field of bad ones.

Related:

Report: Flames preferred Bruins’ deal, Iginla picked Pens

Penguins are ‘all in’ after trading for Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla trade: Flames ‘grateful for everything our captain has done’

Jarome Iginla traded to the Penguins; re-united with Sidney Crosby

  1. axisofweasels - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    he also doesnt want people calling him a fatass, preferring horizontally enhanced instead.

    • barkar942 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Oh, that is too funny!

  2. aces79 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Pretty sad Boston had the better deal on the table for Jarome Iginla

  3. mclovinhockey - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Lost a ton of respect for iginla. He said he would take 4 teams then after the deal was done he said no.

    I HATE Boston and am glad iginla is not a bruin but a man is only as good as his word and he hurt the flames and his self image with this….

    Then again I guess the cup is something most people would sell their souls for.

  4. hockeyfan28 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Somewhere Paul Holmgren is thinking I am no longer the worst GM in the league

  5. mclovinhockey - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    How would homer be the worst GM?

    He has made some bad moves but he got Philly simmonds, Voracek, b.schenn and coots (as well as a pick that was traded for kubina) for Richards and carter.

    They got younger, faster, stronger, tougher and those 4 players combined are the same price as those 2.

    Winner by a landslide in that deal… Philly

    • hockeyfan28 - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:53 PM

      Your heart is thinking instead of your head this team has regressed it was two wins from a Stanley Cup 2 1/2 years ago to a lottery team this year and that team may have had Chris pronger but it also made it with Michael Leighton in goal he didn’t have to blow up the core of the team he owns this record and deserves the blame for the state of the franchise

  6. nosefacekillah - Mar 28, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Feaster is actually correct; in order to be rebuilding you actually need to be BUILDING. Selling your best asset for less than market value is not BUILDING. Perhaps the Bruins can pick up Bouwmeester for a 6th rounder from the 2003 draft currently playing in Peru.

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