Jay Day

Pat Steinberg
April 12 2011 12:24PM

Acting Flames General Manager Jay Feaster held his after season news conference with the Calgary media on Tuesday morning, and a few interesting things came from it.  Feaster spoke for almost 40 minutes, answering questions on the future and a second straight season out of the playoffs.  You can listen to the entire thing below, courtesy of our friends at Sportsnet Radio FAN 960.


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A few things to take from the news conference...first, Jay spoke about the turnaround the team engineered in the second half of the season, through January and February.  He spoke about everyone buying in and spoke about how players that were having issues doing so sucked up and said "hey, why not" and went for it.  Interesting to hear the man at the top lay things out as clear as that.

The inevitable questions about his future came, and Feaster told us the same thing today as he did back on December 28th when he assumed the role of Acting GM.  The team will be going through an evaluation phase over the next few weeks, and his future and plan will certainly be part of that.  I still believe Feaster will be the guy, but the fact that this continues to drag out certainly has me wondering if there are other options the team might be considering.

Jay was adamant that Jarome Iginla wouldn't be going anywhere, while admitting he understood why the speculation around his future exists.  Feaster and Iginla will have another meeting next week, but it's safe to say the captain is staying put following a 43 goal season.

Both Alex Tanguay and Curtis Glencross are obviously on the radar for the Flames, and Feaster said the goal is to have both of them back next season.  A few interesting things comes from that.  Jay said it is possible for both players to be back next season, even with them both being due big raises.  He also spoke about the options the team might have to free up flexibility, and didn't seem totally adverse to the possibility of placing players like Niklas Hagman or Ales Kotalik in the minors for an entire season.

Finally, the backup goaltender situation was addressed, with Feaster fully endorsing a return of Henrik Karlsson to take an even larger load off of Miikka Kiprusoff for next season.  He was asked about Leland Irving and said he wants the AHL tender to compete next year for a starting job, but said the goal was to have Karlsson back.  That doesn't sound very promising for Iving's prospects next season.

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#1 Emir
April 12 2011, 12:35PM
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I don't see the problem with Irving in the ahl for one more season. This was his first good season in the pros and goalies take time to mature. I think it is just jay being smart about the future.

Looking at the roster and assuming we can bury the bad contracts in the ahl, I feel like saying it Darryl style: "We are one or two players away from being a contender."

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#2 Subversive
April 12 2011, 12:37PM
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The dude on the far side looks like he's about to have an epileptic seizure.

Either that or he's winking at the dude from The Range.

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#3 Scott
April 12 2011, 01:07PM
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I don't know if Jay is the right guy for the job, but I hope they make a decision either way. The next two years are going to be incredibly vital to the future of this team, and the longer they delay this decision, the higher the chance of missed opportunities increases.

We need someone who can make things happen, hopefully not burying the contracts in the AHL unless absolutely necessary, but either way we need to rebuild and shed cap space, which are two difficult things to do on their own, nevermind dealing with them at the same time.

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#4 Monaertchi Gaudnett
April 12 2011, 01:40PM
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I don't know if he's the right guy for the job either, but he sure is good with the media. Whatever happens, I hope he sticks with the team in some way. He might be a great AGM.

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#5 Nolan Moore
April 12 2011, 01:52PM
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Jay says all the right things. Talks the talk, but doesnt have a track record nor do i trust that he is the one to move the team forward, especially hearing that he thinks this team is close. Ownership really needs to take ownership and bring in guys willing to think outside the box and move teh team forward. No more "one more player and we're there".

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#6 Tears of RED
April 12 2011, 02:05PM
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Count me as one who is not the Feaster bandwagon. Just because he has a Stanley Cup on his resume as GM of TB, this doesn't mean he was a good GM. As documented by Kent and/or Robert, and others, Feaster pretty much inherited that team and actually make it worse after they won the cup due to salary mismanagement. It's kind of funny how GMs always reward players way more than they are worth after their team wins a cup, or made the finals.... ie. Kevin Lowe. Loyalty is good. Blind loyalty is bad.

Right now, the organization has two businesmen running the team. We need a hockey man with an eye for talent (objectively) as a GM. Perhaps they can give Brent Sutter the GM role as well?

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#7 negrilcowboy
April 12 2011, 02:11PM
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Politics 101. jay Feastmeister says all the right things, yet says nothing.Listening to jay is similar to Obama.Tanguay resigning will be the big news.

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#8 Scott
April 12 2011, 02:15PM
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@Tears of RED

I never had even thought of that option( B Sutter as GM), i don't know how great that would be either, as that can't be done long term, but split duty for a year and then become full time GM and not coach?

I would fully agree that Feasters record in TB was not good, but he does have alot of experience, and maybe there are other circumstances around those poor decisions (imposed by owners who were cash strapped and struggling?)

Either way, it sounds like the only GM we are going to get is one that has to play ball with King and ownership, and this is Jay. Regardless of whether that is a bad or terrible way to operate.

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#9 negrilcowboy
April 12 2011, 02:24PM
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i sutter to think about brent as both coach and gm. look northward to red deer. he inherited a program of excellence. also dual duty is tall order in the nhl. whl dual duties is basically an ego, power issue.

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#10 Tears of RED
April 12 2011, 03:30PM
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I only threw Brent Sutter's name out there for GM mainly due to the fact that he has managed a hockey team in the past. Albeit, in the WHL. Seeing as he was probably the most skilled of the Sutter brothers to have played in the NHL, he might have a better eye for "talent". Given the choice, giving the dual role of coach and GM to the same individual is probably not a good idea.

Brent came to Calgary to be closer to his family, not to die a quicker death. I'm sure he has lost some years just coaching the Flames misfits for the last two years.

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#11 Michael
April 12 2011, 04:29PM
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Ken Kings comments about waiting until after the cup final, and the lack of action in removing Feasters 'acting' title, makes me wonder if the Flames don't have someone outside of the organization in mind. (from a team in the playoffs?) The Flames don't seem to be the most decisive organization, but if Feaster is the choice, why on earth wouldn't you confirm the change now?

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#14 the-wolf
April 13 2011, 07:32AM
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Pat Steinberg wrote:

As documented by Kent and/or Robert, and others, Feaster pretty much inherited that team and actually make it worse after they won the cup due to salary mismanagement.

That's not entirely accurate. Feaster helped build the team he inherited, as he was the AGM, the same way Nill or Fenton have helped build their teams under Holland and Poile.

The fact he's admitted to the mistakes he's made and the fact he's talked about things he'd do different a second time around is refreshing...and makes me a little more confident he could do a more competent job with this team.

2 things:

1) Sorry Pat, but the media too often seem to judge players and front office based on their media interactions. Iginla's faults, for example, are rarely discussed (see Mike Rogers blog) because he's so darn personable. The fact that Mike Rogers is the only media personality in town to critically disect Iginla's play is telling. Not one other media type mentions his terrible +/- that went with his scoring streak, but I've heard repeatedly how he apologized to a reporter after snapping at him.

Same with Jay. The media is promoting him incessantly because he's a great interview (with the excuse of him 'knowing' the organization), damn his hockey record!

Oh, and damn the fact that he has the exact same outlook as every other GM to waltz through here, "1 player away, blah, blah, blah."

Anyone who thinks this team is the team who went on the 25 game hot streak and not the team who won only 9 games against the 8 conference playoff teams is deldued.

What the heck is the goal here, anyways? Do we even want to win the Cup? Or just make the playoffs? It's like when you see a team over-celebrate the conference championship and you know they won't win the Cup because in their minds they just achieved the ultimate prize already. Well, Calgary's Stanley Cup now is just making the playoffs.

2) What a PR disaster it will be if they don't name him now. They've drawn out the process artificially for so long that they've sort of painted themselves into a corner. I mean really, if you don't know by now......

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#15 everton fc
April 13 2011, 10:44AM
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@ wolf

"Anyone who thinks this team is the team who went on the 25 game hot streak and not the team who won only 9 games against the 8 conference playoff teams is deluded."

This is an interesting point. One that has to be considered.

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#16 the-wolf
April 13 2011, 10:56AM
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Consider also the .500 record over the last 18 games. So many fans, media, players keep making it sound like they played .650 hockey for 60 games of the season.

So much for "intellectual honesty."

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#17 the forgotten man
April 14 2011, 12:08AM
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@the-wolf

This thread is probably dead by now and I am tired but...

Agreed Wolf - the Sports Media in this City is like 99.99% of all Mainstream Media. They treat Ken King / Feaster / Iginla with kid gloves, but willingly put the beat down on the "low lying fruit" like Stajan, Kotalik et al. to "maintain their street cred" with the Plebs like you and I.

Any sentient being can interpret & critique how horrible Kotalik plays and how useless he is. I am still waiting for, and probably will never see, the incisive fact-based critique that K-squared and, Iginla for that matter, so richly deserve at this juncture - that would actually show some balls; I would even part with a Loonie to read it in the Herald.

That said, this Franchise using the term loosely, besides some 'lightning in a bottle' in 2004, has essentially achieved nothing since 1989. (22 years and counting folks...crickets chirping in the MSM) In any other industry or comparable metric heads would have rolled long ago...but hey King sells lots of jerseys for the Owners so all is good & the Unicorn Farts smell just like Grandma's Apple Pie coming out of the oven!! (sarc off)

As for Iginla, nice guy - would even let him watch my kids...plays when he feels up to it / pads his stats against the "Scrubs of the League", but Come.On.Man! show a little emotion about missing the playoffs for like the 10th or 11th(?) time in your Professional Career! Hell, I show more emotion each and every morning when I pinch a loaf!!!

Here's a thought-provoking exercise & an idea for someone like Domebeers (I say that as a compliment)...

#1. Formulate an audio montage of Iginla quotes/interviews, captioned with all the loses/missed playoff attempts etc. a la 'Pop Up Video' Style, that he is typically explaining away in Inginlaesque fashion.

#2. Next splice some "mashed" Twilight Zone vs. 'Andy Griffith/Ron Howard going fishing in Mayberry' intro music.

#3. Viewed in this context, the blinders start to peel off, and one realizes that it is seriously the Theatre of the Absurd. The dots of the last 16 years start to connect akin to some kind of Sick & Twisted Hockey Rorschach Test.

Going with the prevailing logic, then, that Iginla is the "Face of the Franchise" and untouchable, then our lack of success and playoff prowress is really no surprise...CONTENTMENT BREEDS FAILURE...shoot yearly for 7th/8th place to come in 10th - thanks Champ for comin out plus the 1000pts to boot. Calgary's HHOF version of Bernie Federko I guess?

God Bless & Pass the Ammo.

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#18 Derzie
April 14 2011, 12:39PM
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You have to look at the Calgary season before and after Daryl. Sure he was GM and put the players together but he also tried to be coach and motivator. There he was failing. Feaster is the exact opposite. He trusts his staff and has a great sense of which battles to fight. The Flames are a much better team now than they were in the first half. A playoff team to be sure. BUT, the depth is not there. The top 2 centers went down to injury and that's it for the playoff run. I'm ok with that given where we were in October. Then we had no surface or depth. No at least we have a surface. Time to move the pieces that don't fit with Jay's "energetic and tough". Stajan, Hagman, JayBo, Staois, Kotalik. Listening to Jay I'm inspired by his approach and hope that he gets a chance to improve this team for 2 or 3 years.

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#19 john cvetko
April 22 2011, 06:14PM
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Just a few comments with regard to the Flames and the season. I listen to fan960 going to work and coming home after work. Here is my take on the flames as I see it. Some comments that I find interesting on fan 960.

They have been playing play off hockey for the last few months. If they were playing play off hockey then till the end of the season what happened? Players are not playing the system and or have not bought into the Sutter system. Well what is the system? How many systems are there? A break here or there would have made the difference. Well, deal with what is instead of what could have been. When discussing a certain play--is he ready to move on to the next level? What is the next level? The Flames out shot the opposition ==like 85 or so in three games and still lost. Too must is stressed in regard to number of shots. That tells me that they are not very efficient--a poor ratio of shots to goals. Better to have quality shots and not the big numbers What do you read into that comment. Call it as it is. I have inside information==all speculation Comments like--to tell you the truth, having said that, and being honest with you. What does that really say?Guess you need to say things like that to have a job. Would be better to have more time have listeners phone in on the radio talk show. Does not matter if you are out of the play-offs by 1 point or ten. Still did not make the cut. All teams are trying to improve. Comments like why did they trade for him==answer==because team thought they would help the team improve. With regard to getting a new player. He is a good team player. Great in the locker room. Aren't all players trying their best? For one team to move up and make the play-offs another team has to lose more games. They look good on player. Does not matter how good they look on paper. Are they productive and winning? Why worry about what was instead of what is now. Who cares what the player did last year or the year before that. If they win a certain game or beat a good team --comments like- they are an elite team. Just some thought that I have

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#20 john cvetko
April 22 2011, 06:14PM
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Just a few comments with regard to the Flames and the season. I listen to fan960 going to work and coming home after work. Here is my take on the flames as I see it. Some comments that I find interesting on fan 960.

They have been playing play off hockey for the last few months. If they were playing play off hockey then till the end of the season what happened? Players are not playing the system and or have not bought into the Sutter system. Well what is the system? How many systems are there? A break here or there would have made the difference. Well, deal with what is instead of what could have been. When discussing a certain play--is he ready to move on to the next level? What is the next level? The Flames out shot the opposition ==like 85 or so in three games and still lost. Too must is stressed in regard to number of shots. That tells me that they are not very efficient--a poor ratio of shots to goals. Better to have quality shots and not the big numbers What do you read into that comment. Call it as it is. I have inside information==all speculation Comments like--to tell you the truth, having said that, and being honest with you. What does that really say?Guess you need to say things like that to have a job. Would be better to have more time have listeners phone in on the radio talk show. Does not matter if you are out of the play-offs by 1 point or ten. Still did not make the cut. All teams are trying to improve. Comments like why did they trade for him==answer==because team thought they would help the team improve. With regard to getting a new player. He is a good team player. Great in the locker room. Aren't all players trying their best? For one team to move up and make the play-offs another team has to lose more games. They look good on player. Does not matter how good they look on paper. Are they productive and winning? Why worry about what was instead of what is now. Who cares what the player did last year or the year before that. If they win a certain game or beat a good team --comments like- they are an elite team. Just some thought that I have

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