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Flames GM Feaster shares responsibility for struggling team

Apr 2, 2013, 2:20 AM EDT

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Last week, it was Jarome Iginla. On Monday, it was Jay Bouwmeester. Tuesday, or Wednesday, it could be Miikka Kiprusoff.

Calgary Flames general manager Jay Feaster has traded away very distinguished hockey players in Iginla and Bouwmeester – expensive, though, with cap hits of $7 million and $6.68 million, respectively – and his club continues to plummet in the Western Conference standings.

On Monday, sans Bouwmeester, the Flames were beaten up by their Alberta rivals, the Edmonton Oilers, 4-1. Calgary sits 14th in the Western Conference, two points clear of the bottom-dwelling Colorado Avalanche.

Frustration brews among hockey fans in Cowtown.

Feaster accepted his share of the blame for the dismal position his hockey club is in, but also believes there are lessons to be learned from hard times like this.

“I didn’t want to be the guy to trade Jarome Iginla,” Feaster told the Calgary Herald. “I didn’t want to be the guy who is trading Bouw.

“But the reality of it is, if it’s on anybody, if it’s anybody’s fault, then it’s my fault. I should have had the intellectual honesty even earlier and said this isn’t working.

“So shame on me, but I’m making sure we’re going to correct that going forward.”

 

  1. hjworton46 - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    Not good enough. The promises made when he arrived at the Saddledome have not been kept. Rebuilding was required years ago and will take much longer now.

  2. trbowman - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    Who would want Kiprusoff? He’s not better than Reimer or Scrivens. Kipper has a lot more name than game. He’s awful and looks uninterested in playing hockey, which seems fitting given the retirement rumors. Ride off into the sunset already.

    • gospitfires - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      kipper has been one of the best goalies in the league for a decade, his numbers are down this year no doubt, but calgary is clearly one of the worst teams in the elague and hes missed 2/3 the season because of injury. im not gonna declare him worse than 2 goalies who have never done anything in thier short careers compared to a guy who in a lockout seasons had a bad start and than dealt with injuries before he could play himself out of it. and he would also come at a decent price compared to a luongo or miller.

  3. murtdurt - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:54 AM

    Agreed ^ but this mess isn’t completely on feaster. At the end of the day Murray Edwards signs off on any trade feaster is going to make and that’s where the finger pointing should start. If Edwards hired true hockey people and took a step back and let them do their job this team would be 3 years ahead. It starts and ends with him ultimately. His roll in the lockout won’t help attract free agents going forward either.

  4. murtdurt - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:59 AM

    Tebowman got in the way of the previous comment but you get the point. Flames stink, and it starts at the top.

  5. dropthepuckeh - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:48 AM

    This guy is a joke. Nice of you to accept responsibility now that you are blowing up the team. Of course its your fault. Try not to go back on your word on too may of these “big” deals you are brokering.

  6. govtminion - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Shame on you for being the last person in North America to figure all of this out, Feaster. The rest of us have been saying ‘rebuild’ for three years- and you’ve been content to keep on reaching for that ninth spot in the West anyway.

  7. nhstateline - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Someone wrote a song about Jay : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGDGS0e3j40

    I feel sorry for the hockey fans of Southern Alberta with this guy as your GM.

  8. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    This is what happens when you draft poorly and try to continually patch holes with aging veterans. Like others have said, the rebuild should have started 3+ years ago. Imagine the value of Iginla and Kiprusoff then. Now they’re nothing more than aging vets and that is reflected in the package they got in return for the captain. You look at their recent drafts and nobody really jumps out besides Baertschi, who will be a sniper. But they drafted players like Greg Nemisz in ’08, Tim Erixon in ’09 who’s now playing in Columbus, Leland Irving, a goalie who’s done nothing in ’06, Matt Pelech in ’05, and most recently Mark Jankowski 21st. Not saying he’s not gonna be a player but he was ranked as the 43rd best prospect and considered an extreme project. Mikael Backlund has shown flashes but he’s not really a game changer. When you essentially miss on that many 1st round picks you get the type of team you see before you in Calgary, an aging group with very few NHL ready, building block prospects.

  9. nananatman - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Going forward for you, is the basement.

  10. 338pm - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Feaster:

    “…because I didn’t want to be known as the GM who had traded away Vincent Lecavalier”

    Knew I heard that one before.

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