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Feaster rips ‘organizational disease’ after Flames lose at prospects tourney

Sep 9, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

Jay Feaster AP

The Calgary Flames lost their final game of the Canucks Young Stars Classic tournament on Sunday, and Jay Feaster was none too pleased about it.

“Obviously, a difficult way to end,” the Flames GM said, as per the Calgary Herald. “I asked [coach Troy Ward], ‘Is it an organizational disease? What is it?’ We have to find a way to eliminate it. This has been the M.O. since I’ve been in Calgary — win a couple of games and then we decide we can just throw the sweaters out [on the ice].

“We played 20 minutes. We had a chance to leave here with three wins. That would have been good. For 40 minutes we just played shinny. And I don’t understand it. It’s not unique to this group. Unfortunately, it’s something that happens with the big club, too.”

But wait! There’s more..,.

“I’m trying to figure it out. Something in the water? Something in the sweater? What is it? Again, it just isn’t this group,” Feaster continued. “I’ve watched it. This will be my fourth season in Calgary.

“I’ve watched it for three years at the NHL level. We win a couple of games, then we decide it’s going to be simple, that everybody ought to quake because they’re going to play the Calgary Flames.”

This response comes just days after Feaster learned he had a new boss — Brian Burke, who was hired last week as Calgary’s new president of hockey operations.

While it might seem bizarre for Feaster to rip his team for losing a one-goal game in an exhibition tournament where the majority of the players will be sent back to junior, it might speak to a larger objective.

The fire-and-brimstone act is classic Burke. So too is talk of establishing an identity and changing team culture, dating back to Burke’s infamous “pugnacity, testosterone, truculence and belligerence,” quote upon taking the Toronto GM gig.

Feaster sounds like he took a page from the Burke handbook, though one wonders if it might’ve been a tad forced.

  1. jpelle82 - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    the irony is that he is still wondering what the problem is when all he has to do is look in the mirror. fire him.

    • davebabychreturns - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      Well in fairness to Feaster and despite what I just posted the problem is clearly larger than he is (and that’s saying something, because he’s fat, am I right guys?!).

      That being said it seems to go beyond Brian Burke’s authority given he’ll be reporting to the guys who’ve presided over this mess for years now..

  2. davebabychreturns - Sep 9, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Looks like Jay queried “how high?” and got the answer back from old Burkie.

    Pretty ridiculous to see this routine taken after a prospect game before training camp even starts, but I guess for the Flames organization right now these are the games that really matter (that or just another Feaster misstep).

    “What is wrong with this organization I’ve been in charge of for several years now? I just don’t know..”

    Yeesh.

  3. mpops86 - Sep 9, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    But any organizational disease would be indicative of only his own failure to build a winning organization.

  4. mrpinkca - Sep 9, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Hmm, I wonder who’s job it’s been to create a winning organization during all this time…

  5. pensfan1 - Sep 9, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    It’s easy to succeed when you surround yourself with excellent people. But when you don’t have that you yourself need to be able to lead and not just keep replacing the people (or in this case letting it go so long). If you can’t do either you end up talking to yourself like he is now. The fans knew years ago.

    If the guy in charge can’t figure it out why is he still the guy in charge?

  6. thecheeman - Sep 9, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    “I’ve watched it for three years at the NHL level. We win a couple of games, then we decide it’s going to be simple, that everybody ought to quake because they’re going to play the Calgary Flames.”

    Wait, when did the Flames win a couple of games?

  7. jkaflagg - Sep 9, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Sounds like something a fan might blurt out on sports talk radio, not a team executive who is responsible for identifying and addressing problems….better to accentuate the positive and quietly address/eliminate the problems over time…..

  8. nananatman - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    You lead by example, you get your hands dirty daily, you sweat, you bleed, you go shoulder to shoulder with a man whether he be large or small, you do the things you would ask of him and you leave the job on your shield not your feet unless the deal is done. When you do these things a man will follow you into Hell.

    I saw Jerome Iginla in Toronto once, I was wearing my colours, red, black, white and yellow. He spoke to me and said “Go Flames.” The next day was our home opener in the C of Red, we lost and I wondered what the hell Iginla was doing in Toronto the night before the home opener. He still spoke to me and that was awesome.

  9. Anoesis - Sep 10, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    “For 40 minutes we just played shinny.” Anybody know what shinny means without looking it up? I didn’t. I thought someone substituted n’s for t’s.

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