Breaking: Flames Fire Feaster & Weisbrod

Ryan Pike
December 12 2013 10:18AM

 

 

The Flames official Twitter account has announced that Jay Feaster and John Weisbrod have been relieved of their duties.

A press conference with real, actual details is coming up at 11am.

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Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's covered the Flames and the NHL since 2010. His work can also be found at The Hockey Writers and The Wrestling Observer.
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#1 SmellOfVictory
December 12 2013, 10:20AM
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I'm calling it: this is the moment the rebuild goes off the rails.

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#2 JaromeTakesSlapShots
December 12 2013, 10:21AM
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Please oh please don't let Burke be the new GM.

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#3 jeremywilhelm
December 12 2013, 10:23AM
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What in the f just happened?

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#4 CutterMcAwesome
December 12 2013, 10:24AM
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Does anyone else think this kind of came out of left field?

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#5 backburner
December 12 2013, 10:24AM
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WTF!?

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#6 aloudoun
December 12 2013, 10:25AM
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Im actually stunned. Wow. Maybe Burke wanted to trade someone and Feaster didnt? Argument went to King and Feaster lost?

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#7 Lordmork
December 12 2013, 10:25AM
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So I guess we're going to load up on free agents and make a run for 8th place next year? I may not have liked everything Feaster did, but at least he seemed to have a plan and things seemed to be going according to it.

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#8 negrilcowboy
December 12 2013, 10:26AM
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timing is odd, right on the heels of iggypoloooza

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#9 Stockley
December 12 2013, 10:26AM
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Isn't the team supposed to be horrible this year? How long before he packages Backs, Sven and anyone else under 6'7 for some washed up nobodies or pending free agents?

This just doesn't make any sense to me. The timing is way off.

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#10 GermanFlame
December 12 2013, 10:27AM
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Wow! If Brian Burke is the new Flames new GM I am scared for Sven and/or Backlund's future with this organization.

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#11 Southern_Point
December 12 2013, 10:27AM
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I liked Weisbrod's drafting philosophy, we can discuss the merits of drafting Janko but it's the same mindset that saw us draft Johnny hockey, so I'm a little disappointed to see him go as well.

You have to think this was a little harsh given that neither Feaster or Weisbrod have been particularly poor at their Job, but there is obviously a story behind it.

I am torn between wanting Hartley fired and not wanting to see Ron Wilson anywhere near Calgary.

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#12 Southern_Point
December 12 2013, 10:27AM
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@aloudoun

Burke doesn't do trades before Christmas

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#13 Monaertchi Gaudnett
December 12 2013, 10:28AM
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Oh crap. Let the Burkinating begin.

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#14 seve927
December 12 2013, 10:32AM
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I have not been this frightened in quite some time.

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#15 Kent Wilson
December 12 2013, 10:32AM
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I guess the Christmas roster freeze doesn't extend to management.

Surprised this happened now. Timing seems odd.

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#16 de Animoe
December 12 2013, 10:32AM
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And so begins the Era of Truculence. Shudder.

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#17 Denscafon
December 12 2013, 10:33AM
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I think most of us knew this day was going to come sometime soon when Burke was hired but ya, why now? Either what chillgoose said they couldn't agree on a trade and/or what to do with sven as burke clearly said he doesn't like him all that much. sigh.... get ready for more "grit/size"

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#18 backburner
December 12 2013, 10:35AM
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It will be interesting to see how Ken King reacts

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#19 Stockley
December 12 2013, 10:37AM
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@backburner

So Burke will probably take over and eventually hire Dave Nonis who will eventually take over for him. Haven't we seen this before?

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#20 Byron Bader
December 12 2013, 10:37AM
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Holy hell. I don't think this bodes well for Johnny Hockey, Backs or Sven. I'm actually a little terrified of what Burke's about to do here. The team that Burke built in Toronto is one of the worst possession teams in the league, currently riding off a cliff and they don't even know it.

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#21 NHL93
December 12 2013, 10:37AM
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I'm kind of frightened right now.

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#22 Leafer
December 12 2013, 10:38AM
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BUH BUH BUH BURKE IT UP GUYS! http://i.imgur.com/bgqF4.gif

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#23 mk
December 12 2013, 10:38AM
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Is Burke seriously taking over? That can't be a thing - I hope.

Is it possible there is another candidate that has been waiting in the weeds for this chance, and is being brought onboard? Brent Sutter (haha)?

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#24 schevvy
December 12 2013, 10:41AM
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Ok. This is very odd timing for this kind of move. Not feeling too good about Sven's future here. Very strange day.

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#25 acg5151
December 12 2013, 10:42AM
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Not surprising. Brian Burke has always gone for the big, strong guys. Jay Feaster seems to have preferred to draft smaller, more skilled players. So there is clearly a difference in philosophy.

All in all, I think everyone expected that Jay Feaster wouldn't survive the entire rebuild. It appears he got his head chopped off a little sooner than expected.

Timing is a little strange, but not really. There really isn't all that much going on right now - with the Burke imposed Christmas trade freeze, now was as good a time as any during this season to institute the change.

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#26 Leafer
December 12 2013, 10:43AM
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Just as a side note: Did none of you see this coming the moment Burke was brought on board?

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#27 McRib
December 12 2013, 10:43AM
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Not to freak everyone out, but Johnny Gaudreau was Feaster/Weisbrod's guy.... This is out of absolute left field would have at least given him until the end of the year. Must of got in a pissing match with Burke or more likely Murray Edwards.

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#28 Justin Azevedo
December 12 2013, 10:45AM
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you guys wanted brian burke? you got him.

as bad as feaster was, you're going to see why i preferred him to burke.

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#29 McRib
December 12 2013, 10:48AM
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@acg5151

"Brian Burke has always gone for the big, strong guys."

Lets just hope we draft Ryan Getzlaf's more often than Tyler Biggs. Sometimes Brian Burke's drafting is very Darryl Sutter like big and no skilled, but at least he can also knock it out of the park with Sedin's, Morgan Rielly, Perry, etc.

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#30 Kevin R
December 12 2013, 10:48AM
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WTF!!!!!! I cant believe this, I cant believe it was this quick. WTF went down here???? Welllll things are going to be interesting. I must say, I am very disappointed. Something changed the philosophy here, was it because the Cap is going so high & Edwards is asking Burke if we spend $75mill on player salaries, why cant we contend? Obviously he has no appetite to endure what is happening up North.

I am so disappointed, I liked how we were drafting.

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#31 T&A4Flames
December 12 2013, 10:49AM
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Bets on when Phaneuf ends up a Flame again?

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#32 Stockley
December 12 2013, 10:50AM
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Justin Azevedo wrote:

you guys wanted brian burke? you got him.

as bad as feaster was, you're going to see why i preferred him to burke.

I sure as hell didn't want Burke. That team in Anaheim was more or less gift-wrapped for him when he took over for Bryan Murray and we've seen what a mess the Leafs are (other than two great goalies they're putrid).

I'm one of the 12 people who thought Feaster did a decent job.

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#33 kittensandcookies
December 12 2013, 10:54AM
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MOAR FACEPUNCHERS!

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#34 wot96
December 12 2013, 10:56AM
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Has to have been a philosophical disagreement that came to a head with Feaster refusing to resign.

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#35 Veggie Dog
December 12 2013, 10:56AM
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This seems nutty! I think our drafting has been pretty great, and may have unearthed some gems. We are in the middle of the rebuild, and the two main architects get canned??

Sigh.

Great timing from Burke. Merry christmas Feaster.

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#36 Stockley
December 12 2013, 10:56AM
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kittensandcookies wrote:

MOAR FACEPUNCHERS!

Time to trade some of our smaller guys and bring in Colton Orr and Zenon Konopka.

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#37 mk
December 12 2013, 10:56AM
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T&A4Flames wrote:

Bets on when Phaneuf ends up a Flame again?

I actually wouldn't be opposed to that. He is a legitimate top-4 (arguably top pairing) defenseman. If he could be extended on a reasonable contract (~$4-5M/year: I can dream), it would be great. If he's at a similar cap hit, it would be meh.

It won't happen though.

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#38 mattyc
December 12 2013, 10:57AM
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My first reaction was: I can't believe they fired Wisebrod as well.

My second reaction was: wtf?!

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#39 This guy
December 12 2013, 10:58AM
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Justin Azevedo wrote:

you guys wanted brian burke? you got him.

as bad as feaster was, you're going to see why i preferred him to burke.

You're childish.

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#40 seve927
December 12 2013, 10:58AM
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Edwards just realized Tuesday Feaster traded Iggy?

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#41 mattyc
December 12 2013, 10:58AM
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This probably also means Hartley is on the way out.

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#42 mk
December 12 2013, 11:01AM
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On a side note: watching/listening to this staffer discuss the audio problems on the Flames website feed is funny.

"Why is it not embedded? Why not? ...Why not? 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10..."

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#43 Trevy
December 12 2013, 11:01AM
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Nieuwendyk will be the next GM!

Merry Christmas Feaster! -Flames

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#44 Justin Azevedo
December 12 2013, 11:02AM
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You're childish.

i'm also right. thanks for reading.

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#45 Veggie Dog
December 12 2013, 11:03AM
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FYI the Sportsnet feed is not as choppy at the flames website.

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#46 Ed Wailin'
December 12 2013, 11:04AM
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Feaster never had the "cut of jib" that Murray Edwards prefers....

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#47 Nick24
December 12 2013, 11:04AM
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I thought Feaster was doing pretty well. I mean we've had some pretty darn good drafting over the last three years and since the Cammy deal I think that all of the trades have been pretty good.

I just hope that the rebuild doesn't get thrown out the window...

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#48 They're $hittie
December 12 2013, 11:04AM
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How do you get fired when you picked at 21 in the 2010 draft and got the best player in the whole draft while aquiring a second round pick?

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#49 mk
December 12 2013, 11:05AM
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"I did not come here to be the GM, I will not be the GM..." - Burke.

THANK GOODNESS!

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#50 They're $hittie
December 12 2013, 11:06AM
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bye bye sven bustchi and his 35 points a year

bye bye geadreau who will not score in the nhl

bye bye backlund an actually usefule and almost elite 3rd line center.

bye bye camellerri

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