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Flames GM admits team is rebuilding

Jun 14, 2013, 11:53 PM EDT

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To the amusement of many, Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster has put up a better fight toward the term “rebuild” than his team did during many nights of the 2013 season. He finally caved and threw the term out to The Calgary Sun’s Randy Sportak on Friday.

“I’ve been to therapy since the end of the season and it is a rebuild,” Feaster said. “We are rebuilding.”

Well, that must be refreshing (if long-coming) for Flames fans. Some might see parallels to the trade deadline, as the Flames organization eventually embraced reality by trading big-money players Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester.

Some might grit their teeth because of today’s other revelation that the team won’t cash in any compliance buyouts,* yet with three first-round picks (including the sixth selection) in the 2013 NHL Draft, Calgary has a golden opportunity to make changes regardless of what label you want to use.

Here are a few fun alternate options, free of charge:

  • Shake the Etch-a-Sketch
  • Buy new groceries
  • Hit the “Reset” button

* – Assuming Feaster doesn’t have a late “a-ha!” moment with that too, of course.

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  1. nyrnashty - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Not sure how he’s rebuilding with all those bums in the lineup. The fans have more talent than the players there!

    • timmeh022 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      It’s tough to watch this unfold as a Flames fan, at this point in time I’m hoping Feaster either gets lucky with the moves he makes to turn this organization around, or hope he drops the ball completely so they can clean house, starting with him. Hartley I think did a good job coaching with what he was given this past year.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      The problem is the team is full of bottom 6 forwards even Iginla now is a 2nd/3rd line guy, they need an infusion of talent, get those top 6 forwards and top pairing defensemen.

  2. kingsforever - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Shocked I tell you

  3. ryanprzy - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    I’ve thought of the Flames as the worst-ran organization for the past couple of years. Their fans deserve much better, and I hope that this is the start of that. It would be more beneficial for that franchise if they were to totally clear house, starting with Feaster.

    It would have been awesome to see Iginla finish his career with a Cup as a Flame, but he was deprived of that due to so many bad roster moves on behalf of Calgary’s top management.

    I guess it was necessary to move Iginla and even more easy to move Bouwmeester, but they’ll need a few solid draft and offseason miracles to right the ship.

    • govtminion - Jun 15, 2013 at 6:25 AM

      Absolutely agree. Even Columbus at least was struggling to try to move in a new direction- Howson was just clueless at it. And they really seem to be going places now. Toronto was a mess under Burke, but he was finally getting results just in time to lose his job. Calgary? Feaster seemed to be content to settle for mediocrity year after year, watching the same players get older and not support them for this year, or trade them for younger assets to get better in a few years. It was stagnation, and even with Iginla gone it still doesn’t really feel like he’s moving forward- he’s still hanging his hat on Kiprusoff, Tanguay, etc.

      For the sake of Flames fans, I hope ownership does what they should have done a few years ago and fires this clown soon- those fans deserve better than to watch Peter Griffin try to keep running a hockey team.

      • 19to77 - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM

        Kiprusoff and Iginla both calling it quits as Flames this year pretty much forced his hand. Kipper’s said emphatically that he’s done with the Flames, and Iginla demanded a trade. Feaster’s only admitting to this rebuild because the veterans he’s been content to rely on finally got sick of mediocrity and failure.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 15, 2013 at 2:02 PM

        He’s only been with the organization for a few years, the bad moves and contracts were made by Darryl Sutter. I’m far from a Feaster fan (I wanted him fired after the O’Reilly debacle) but at least blame him for what he’s done, not for what Darryl Sutter did.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Here’s the thing you’re failing to mention, just what damage Darryl Sutter did to this organization while he was here. He gave away high draft picks for mediocre players and then he’d give those players contracts with no movement clauses.

      I’m not a big Feaster fan, I wanted him gone this year, BUT he’s actually done a decent job of bringing some prospects to the organization (granted many have low to medium ceilings) which is something they’ve desperately needed. They’ve got 4 picks in the top 36 and will have $25 million in cap room once Kipper officially retires, he’s put them in a much better position going forward, now we’ll see what he does with those high picks and the cap room.

  4. scionofflame - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    I’m curious about that little blurb thrown in about having gone to therapy in Feaster’s quote.

    He’s been a laughing stock of a GM for a long while now on the deals he’s made, and most teams can joke about how -bad- he is at making deals and evaluating. I think that if Calgary pulled him out of the GM’s chair, they’d find building a winning team vastly easier.

    Till then…we can look forward to this off season being full of hilarious Feastering.

  5. timmeh022 - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Here’s a pointer, if you’re rebuilding Feaster, don’t entertain the idea of trading up from the 6 spot with a draft as deep as this is. Instead, how about take a good two way forward in Elias Lindholm at 6 (if available) and hold on to your other picks.

    • 19to77 - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      If he’s not, Sean Monahan will be. Either way, they need a centre with that pick.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 15, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      If you can get MacKinnon you have to make the deal, he’s just better than the other prospects. It’s nice to have a Audi but if you have the chance to get a Porsche you take it.

      I’d also be okay with them trading up to get Barkov, he’s a big center who can play both ways and was just under a point a game player in a defensive league playing against grown men. With everyone else you’re projecting what they’ll do against other professionals, Barkov has actually shown what he can do.

      • timmeh022 - Jun 15, 2013 at 7:26 PM

        Any of the four between MacKinnon, Monahan, Barkov or Lindholm are the top 6 forward they need, I think Lindholm would be the best pick available as a TWF at 6 with a draft this deep, it’s hard to tell how they will pan out as pros, but it’s a deep draft with a lot of talent. Tough times in Calgary, however, hard to be a fan, but I’m sticking through it.

  6. ray2013 - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Don’t blame him for Sutter’s mistakes…blame him for his own mistakes. Like the best player from last year’s draft, Mark Jankowski, who averaged 0.52 ppg in his freshman year at Providence. He’s still got potential to make Feaster look like a genius. The Flames have three picks in the top 30 in the deepest draft in years. There’s still time to fire Feaster before you let him draft again….

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