Breaking - Darryl Sutter Steps Down as Flames GM

Kent Wilson
December 28 2010 12:14PM

VANCOUVER - APRIL 8: Head coach Darryl Sutter of the Calgary Flames looks on before the game against the Vancouver Canucks at General Motors Place on April 8, 2006 in Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver defeated Calgary 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

 

According to Vicki Hall, Darryl Sutter has (finally?) stepped down as the Flames General Manager, leaving Jay Feaster in charge.

More analysis and such to come.

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#51 @NateInVegas
December 28 2010, 01:14PM
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Do the Flames follow the Oilers on twitter or do they just ride the coattails better than any team in the NHL?

Edmonton wants a new rink...Calgary needs a new arena.

Edmonton accepts rebuilding..Calgary starts to rebuild..

Calgary Coattails, y'all are a bunch of followers.

Best team in the province will always be the one up the deuce!

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#52 B
December 28 2010, 01:16PM
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@Kent Wilson

...not to say Yzerman isn't the man (which he is), but he had a pretty decent hand to work with in Tampa. He would have been the sexy choice, but not sure he would have been the right choice.

...I don't have a list of candidates for GM, I just know anyone associate with the Detroit front office for a long time wouldn't be a bad choice.

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#53 Subversive
December 28 2010, 01:18PM
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I'm not sure I'd be referring to a team I was a fan of as "up the deuce". Just sayin'...

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#54 Corey Pronman
December 28 2010, 01:18PM
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Dreger just tweeted that King asked Sutter to step down.

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#57 Fire_poi
December 28 2010, 01:20PM
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Corey Pronman wrote:

Dreger just tweeted that King asked Sutter to step down.

thats what i figured from reading Kings comments - sounds like a you can chose to leave or we can fire you

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#58 negrilcowboy
December 28 2010, 01:21PM
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@Corey Pronman

Involuntary resignation.

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#59 KingJafi
December 28 2010, 01:26PM
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Post Christmas miracle!! Let me add my name to the list of those that don't think Feaster is the answer either. I can't stand it when assistant GMs or coaches step into jobs. Plus I've never been a fan of Feaster and think his whole time in Tampa Bay was very opportunistic.

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#62 negrilcowboy
December 28 2010, 01:38PM
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Ken King states his day has been horrible.Poor guy had to sacrifice Darryll for his own sake.

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#64 Robert Cleave
December 28 2010, 01:54PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

I don't know how much to take from the Feaster presser. Lots of talk about how good the players are and making the playoffs this year.

He'll keep saying that publicly until he unloads a few guys at the deadline for picks/prospects. At that point, we'll hear how the evaluation he made dictated that approach. Just because he's an outwardly friendlier guy than Daz doesn't mean he's going to volunteer his actual opinions to any of us schmucks.

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#65 Nolan Moore
December 28 2010, 01:55PM
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Was it just me or did Ken King sound really scared or off or something at that presser?

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#68 negrilcowboy
December 28 2010, 02:00PM
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Nolan Moore wrote:

Was it just me or did Ken King sound really scared or off or something at that presser?

Its being in the crosshairs, when your own neck is on the line some weasels aren't always totally comfortable.Its difficult to keep all the lies and double speak straight.

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#69 Nolan Moore
December 28 2010, 02:04PM
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I know he has a love in with Darryl but I agree, I think he knows his resume needs to be polished up. Methinks ownership may have said, it's you or him. And of course with his horse tied to the same wagon, the change in the President's chair will occur in April/May. Wonder who would take over? Wouldnt it be really odd if Wayne Gretzky was asked to come here? Ha Wayne as President and Lanny or Joel Otto as GM? That would be awesome. Not gonna happen though.

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#70 Redhockey
December 28 2010, 02:08PM
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Ding dong the witch is dead!

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#71 dotfras
December 28 2010, 02:21PM
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Bright side: Feaster drafted Stamkos.

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#73 marty
December 28 2010, 02:28PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Pfft. You or I would have drafted Stamkos in the same position. That was a slam dunk.

ya he turned a stanley cup winner into a lottery pick fml. and traded away the best player from the team for a career backup and 2 role players that aren't with the team

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#74 negrilcowboy
December 28 2010, 02:31PM
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dotfras wrote:

Bright side: Feaster drafted Stamkos.

Wasn't as cut and dry as one would think, there was speculation they would pass on Stevie. Feaster is however an opportunist. Love the lawyerism during the presser,don't speak badly of the dead and drop alot of names while we are at it.

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#75 Aleslav Smidsky
December 28 2010, 02:41PM
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HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa

You're team is pathetic.

Go Suck a Lemon Flamers, it will be easier to swallow.

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#76 Nolan Moore
December 28 2010, 02:41PM
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While he did draft Stamkos, he didnt have another pick till the 3rd round. The year before he picked at 15 and picked, Riku Helenius who has played 1 game in the NHL, passing on Chris Stewart and Claude Giroux.

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#77 KingJafi
December 28 2010, 03:07PM
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dotfras wrote:

Bright side: Feaster drafted Stamkos.

Feaster also drove the ship into the iceberg that led to the pick that was Stamkos. Lightning fans should be happy Stammer was on tap that season.

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#78 negrilcowboy
December 28 2010, 03:12PM
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KingJafi wrote:

Feaster also drove the ship into the iceberg that led to the pick that was Stamkos. Lightning fans should be happy Stammer was on tap that season.

Bolts fans can thank Angie Bumbacco a long time scout dating back to Phil Esposito.A well respected hockey guy who was instrumental in the giving Terry Crisp his opportunity with the Soo Greyhounds.

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#79 @NateInVegas
December 28 2010, 03:15PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Says the guy cheering for the only team below CGY in WC the standings.

Says the guy who doesn't realize the Oilers WANT to be below everyone in the WC standings.

The Lames still have the blinders on...

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#80 Casey
December 28 2010, 03:19PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

I don't know how much to take from the Feaster presser. Lots of talk about how good the players are and making the playoffs this year.

Just saying the things he has to say. He can't come out and say "we're terrible, slow and old. I can't wait to start the rebuild. Fire up the fax machines folks because the best offer before Dec 31 gets Iggy!".

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#81 jaY
December 28 2010, 03:25PM
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i hate to say this cuz Kings a good guy... but he held on to Sutter way too long. i think he's gotta go too...its gonna be years to fix up this damn mess. King sorta tied his fortune to Sutter, Sutters gone, King should join him.

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#82 negrilcowboy
December 28 2010, 03:26PM
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Casey wrote:

Just saying the things he has to say. He can't come out and say "we're terrible, slow and old. I can't wait to start the rebuild. Fire up the fax machines folks because the best offer before Dec 31 gets Iggy!".

Amen, Feaster is a lawyer, the first question he asks is what do you want to hear. Then he will carefully construct an answer that makes you feel satisfied.

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#83 KingJafi
December 28 2010, 03:26PM
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negrilcowboy wrote:

Bolts fans can thank Angie Bumbacco a long time scout dating back to Phil Esposito.A well respected hockey guy who was instrumental in the giving Terry Crisp his opportunity with the Soo Greyhounds.

Bumbacco is the guy responsible for advising Feaster et al to take Stamkos?

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#84 jaY
December 28 2010, 03:27PM
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@Aleslav Smidsky

the oil are worse.. bwhahahhahha

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#85 Aleslav Smidsky
December 28 2010, 03:28PM
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@Kent Wilson

We're rebuilding. What is your excuse?

We have a bunch of 1st round picks in our roster playing, young kids. You have a bunch of players who only have value in Flamers eyes, players like Staios, Kotalik, Stajan, Jokinen and so on. HaHaHaHa

Most of your players are other teams rejects, good luck with the trades.

Look on the bright side thou, this is the first day of the 15 year rebuild. HaHaHaHaHaHa

It nice to see that your measuring stick is a young Oilers team, you comment is almost as sad as your teams future, but not quite.

Go Oilers Go

At least now, you poor fan base won't have a nerve to chant Oilers Suck at home games, because they should know.

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#86 Aleslav Smidsky
December 28 2010, 03:31PM
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@jaY

No they are not, you just say that to try to convience your self.

Deep inside you know your team licks more balls than Flower Tucci.

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#87 negrilcowboy
December 28 2010, 03:32PM
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@KingJafi

OHL scout.

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#88 negrilcowboy
December 28 2010, 03:42PM
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@negrilcowboy

There is an old hockey thought that you can't teach goal scoring, its an ability you are born with, alot of attention was on Bogasian as the number one pick overall.

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#89 Graham
December 28 2010, 04:33PM
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Didn't think much of the giving Jay the opportunity to develop a long term plan comment in the news conference - makes it look like Feaster will be the full time GM next season. Ken King will do his usual, have a top down evaluation (re: do nothing) and appoint Feaster to the job.

We have no high end prospects, 11 no movement or no trade clauses, and $56 million in cap space committed to next season. We may have to suffer with something close to the current group for a couple more years... allowing time for some of the anchor contracts to drop off the books.

What we really need is a top notch GM in tune with the current game, not a lawyer with no hockey knowledge, who has been on the sidelines since 2008.

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#90 Casey
December 28 2010, 04:33PM
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Gentlemen: Stop feeding the trolls.

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#91 Casey
December 28 2010, 04:54PM
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Graham wrote:

Didn't think much of the giving Jay the opportunity to develop a long term plan comment in the news conference - makes it look like Feaster will be the full time GM next season. Ken King will do his usual, have a top down evaluation (re: do nothing) and appoint Feaster to the job.

We have no high end prospects, 11 no movement or no trade clauses, and $56 million in cap space committed to next season. We may have to suffer with something close to the current group for a couple more years... allowing time for some of the anchor contracts to drop off the books.

What we really need is a top notch GM in tune with the current game, not a lawyer with no hockey knowledge, who has been on the sidelines since 2008.

I think that the NMC/NTC hoopla is pretty overblown.

Players with NMC's and NTC's get traded all the time. If the "rebuild" writing is on the wall then players will gladly waive in order to go to a playoff team. All the NMC/NTC does is keep them from getting traded to Edmonton without their consent.

Getting down from $56m will not be a problem if they decide to to blow it up. There is a market for all of the big contract players, although you may have to wait until the summer to move them.

Feaster has been a senior hockey executive in the AHL/NHL since 1990. He was the AHL executive of the year in 1997. He was the assistant GM in TB starting in 1998. You can say a lot of things about Feaster, but to imply he has no hockey knowledge is just ignorant.

I'm not saying that he's the answer, or that I'm even happy about his appointment, but the list of guys that are more qualified than Feaster is not very long.

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#92 W.T
December 28 2010, 05:07PM
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@FireOnIce

First: sorry for the Edmonton troll everyone; that guy is as pathetic as Nlife on the TSN boards. Ignore them and they go away. Next, an Oiler fan here; not to gloat about the Oil's prospects over the next few years, but rather, to take everyone's pulse on Sutter's firing. I think he was a putz so I wonder if actual fans of the team are pleased about his "resignation".

Now: Step 1: Correct - complete.

Step 2: Love Iggy, would have him on my team any day of the week, but LA would never make that deal. Would the Oil do Pajaarvi/Eberle/Dubnyk for Iggy? Nope - similar deal.

Step 3: Don't overthink it: take Larsson or Couturier. I pick Larsson, and jettison Bouwmeester asap. Soft, soft soft.

Step 4: Don't bother. We're better without Smyth here in Edmonton, and he's got a great shot in LA. Let Iggy go.

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#93 Aleslav Smidsky
December 28 2010, 05:23PM
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W.T wrote:

First: sorry for the Edmonton troll everyone; that guy is as pathetic as Nlife on the TSN boards. Ignore them and they go away. Next, an Oiler fan here; not to gloat about the Oil's prospects over the next few years, but rather, to take everyone's pulse on Sutter's firing. I think he was a putz so I wonder if actual fans of the team are pleased about his "resignation".

Now: Step 1: Correct - complete.

Step 2: Love Iggy, would have him on my team any day of the week, but LA would never make that deal. Would the Oil do Pajaarvi/Eberle/Dubnyk for Iggy? Nope - similar deal.

Step 3: Don't overthink it: take Larsson or Couturier. I pick Larsson, and jettison Bouwmeester asap. Soft, soft soft.

Step 4: Don't bother. We're better without Smyth here in Edmonton, and he's got a great shot in LA. Let Iggy go.

Why don't you go suck a lemon with the rest of these cry babies. You goofy internet wannabe. Your steps are as retarded as your attempt to make these guys feel better. If you found enough balls in you to call someone pathetic face to face, you would get slapped one handed in front of your wife, and wouldnt do sh!t about it.

To the Flames Nation;

I'm sorry if my few comments worked you up or upset you. I was just trying to bust your balls and pour some salt on the wound. I didn't disrespect any one of your personally, I just wanted to poke some fun. You know how it is, it is all in good fun. I wish you luck in your rebuilt, but just a little.;-')

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#94 hal a pena
December 28 2010, 05:57PM
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This is a brutal move.

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#95 negrilcowboy
December 28 2010, 05:59PM
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Say what you want about Feaster, but he's already gone on record saying he doesn't like NTC's and that he likes draft picks.

He's already a 180 change from Daryl.

Feaster sure has a big fan in Eric Dahattrick. If you listen to Eric on the fan, Feaster is the man. Nothing but praise and admiration, almost to the point of a man crush.

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#96 icedawg_42
December 28 2010, 06:47PM
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I dont expect much else to happen this season as far as firings, moves etc (unless it's a new scouting staff)...I believe Feaster when he says he is going to take his time and come up with a game plan to present to the owners...I believe him mostly because I believe he wont be allowed to do much until he does present said game plan....All that said, the first and most critical move has been made. Already the clouds threaten to part! Best of luck in your future endeavors Dutter, now on to a hopefully brighter future for us Flames fans.

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#97 negrilcowboy
December 28 2010, 07:10PM
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@hal a pena

Ya think so Teddy Mancuso.

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#98 RossCreekNation
December 28 2010, 07:25PM
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Off the wall prediction...?

If Jay Feaster wins the job permanently, I'd expect Michel Goulet (hired as a pro scout last summer when Feaster came in, coincidentally enough) to become his right-hand-man as Assistant GM. Goulet worked with Feaster in the Colorado organization earlier in their careers, and he is also a former teammate of Head Coach (and soon-to-be Director of Player Personnel) Brent Sutter. Current Director of Player Personnel, Duane Sutter... he takes over for (soon-to-be fired) Tod Button as Director of Amateur Scouting (Duane has held virtually every other title in hockey, why not this one too). That leaves Kelly Kisio to move up into the Flames organization and 'learn the ropes' as Director of Hockey Operations & GM in Abby.

Together Brent, Feaster, Goulet & Kisio will make up day-to-day management team, while Duane scouts the CHL & Scandanavia.

Crazy insane, or inasane crazy?

EDIT to add: Oh yeah... and this time next year, Darryl is coaching in LA.

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#99 everton fc
December 28 2010, 09:15PM
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Feaster scares me. He's a lawyer, not a hockey man. Probably never played a game of shinny in his life.

King and Feaster should go. Bring in Kisio. Goulet. And Plyafair.

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#100 jock109
December 28 2010, 09:36PM
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@Kent Wilson

no kidding.....Ken is a marketing guy and that's about it. No business sense whatsover.

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