Flames Sign Gaudreau & Arnold

Ryan Pike
April 11 2014 05:00PM

And it's official.

The Calgary Flames have formally announced the signing of NCAA standouts Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold to entry-level contracts. Both are expected to meet the team in Vancouver and may be in the line-up for Sunday's finale against the Vancouver Canucks.

Per the team, terms are three years for Gaudreau with a cap hit of $1.85 million, and two years for Arnold with a cap hit of $900,000. The first year will burn off both contracts (and neither can go to Abbotsford).

Arnold, 21, was Calgary's fourth round selection in the 2010 NHL Draft. He's had a pretty strong NCAA career; he made the All-Rookie Team, made the American World Junior team, won an NCAA Championship, and emerged as one of the best three-zone players in the entire NCAA. He put up 144 points in 159 games with Boston College. He'll wear #46.

Gaudreau, 20, was the Flames fourth rounder in 2011, and has been probably the best collegiate prospect of any team over the past couple of years. He's won an NCAA Title, a gold medal at the World Juniors, two Hockey East MVPs and just locked down a Hobey Baker. He put up 175 points in 119 games with Boston College. He'll wear #53.

And now, everybody exhale. They both signed. Everything's gonna be just fine.

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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 Walter White
April 11 2014, 05:55PM
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PLEASE don't play the kids in the Vancouver game!!!!!

The Canucks have some of the cheapest players in the NHL; have you forgotten what Kassian did to Gagner?? Or to that other poor sap cutting him in the leg with his skate?

Why give these cheap shot artists a free shot at some of the key pieces of our teams future in a meaningless game?

Do you think Vancouver has forgotten about the "goons vs first line" episode?

Use your thinker Burke!!

WW

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#2 bookofloob
April 11 2014, 06:41PM
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Playing him on Sunday is dumb.

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#3 Walter White
April 11 2014, 06:23PM
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coachedpotatoe wrote:

Solution is play them against the Sisters.

The sisters and.........Kasian? Kessler? With Bieksa on D?

Too hard to manage over 60 minutes.

Play it safe........be patient until next year.

WW

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#4 Question for beloche
April 11 2014, 10:19PM
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What was the SCORE in tonight's game ??? who won ? My CANUCKS will destroy the Flames and their two new DAFoDILS on Sunday night! Book it! Who is the TROLL now GENIOUS!!!

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#5 Captain Spaulding
April 11 2014, 09:04PM
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Hilarious.... Someone has an engorged hockey boner also gross. Hey Johnny G welcome to Calgary you give me a boner. That may make him think again about signing. How ever too late hahahahaha. Also Bookofloob why are you being a bonerkill? IT is pretty sweet to get some more potential awesomeness. I don't care how much fetti it saves is the future I just like to cheer for the good shiznit and this seems to be some good shiznit. So woooooohoooooo and for those of you that were crying like little babies wahhh johnny hockey isn't going to sign I agree you probably should've chilled out a little.

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#6 bookofloob
April 11 2014, 06:55PM
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@Clyde

is that a serious question?

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#7 bookofloob
April 11 2014, 07:03PM
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@Chambers

for one meaningless game?

GO ON

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#8 etianap
April 11 2014, 05:43PM
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I have a dream...

In 2016-2017

Gaudreau - Monahan - James Neal (trade/UFA)(elite)(two way scorer)(productive sniper)

Klimchuk - Backlund - Poirier (sniper) (2way & possession) (speedy, pesky,productive)

Baertschi - Granlund - Colborne/Agostino (offensive winger)(vision, scorer) (support winger)

Ferland - Arnold - Bouma (gritty) (two way shut down center with offensive upside) (hit provider, shot blocker)

Ekblad - Brodie (complete defender) (transition defender)

Giordano - Wotherspoon (complete defender) (stay home defender)

Sieloff - Kanzig (gritty, hit provider) (stay home tower)

Gillies (big athletic goaltender)

Ramo (skilled, reliable well rounded goalie)

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#9 Walter White
April 11 2014, 10:29PM
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Burnward wrote:

Pretty sure they'll have Big Ern riding shotgun 5 on 5.

For as good of a fighter he is; unfortunately no one is scared of him, as he is a honourable fighter who only fights willing combatants......as long as you don't drop your gloves with him you won't get beat down.

We need an enforcer with a couple of screws loose, some one who may just lose his mind and put someone in the hospital.

Ie. Shawn Thornton (and he scored 5 goals this year and is a +2)

WW

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#10 Burnward
April 11 2014, 07:28PM
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Hockey boner...engorged.

Wooooooooo!

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#11 BobbyO
April 11 2014, 07:40PM
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You heard it here first! At this years draft Burke will complete a trade with the Blackhawks that will see the Flames acquire Kevin Hayes, a former 1st rounder. Kevin Hayes happens to be the 3rd guy on the Guadreau - Arnold line with BC.

The Flames will then have the most prolific line in USA College hockey history! Yah!

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#12 bookofloob
April 11 2014, 07:10PM
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totally because that's definitely not an option for a whole season next year

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#13 BurningSensation
April 11 2014, 05:23PM
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I think every nervous nelly who polluted our threads with their incessant whining about Feaster/Burke/ownership are; not doing enough/should be flying his parents somewhere/screwing up getting JG/running the franchise into the ground, turn up to apologize to everyone for the giant waste of time they perpetuated.

I mean seriously. We had people here parsing parental interviews like CIA Kremlinologists looking for hints that a Soviet tank commander might be ready to defect, and then turning their fantastic powers of observation on to how Boston will be where JG ends up and how we'll get nothing for him.

I realize there is a marked lack of drama in their lives, but the levels they were willing to go to invent it was simply jawdropping.

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#14 BurningSensation
April 11 2014, 08:19PM
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Chambers wrote:

When a team with empty cupboards (at the time) loses a first rounder highly regarded defenseman in Tim Erixon, Flames fans have every right to be nervous. No "prophecy's of doom" as you say just ordinary hockey fans expressing opinions on a hockey blog intended to express opinions!

Glad you pointed out you made the right call! Very astute on your part. Please explain how you made your call on a very complex situation that had all the other Flame fans perplexed?? How did you develop such exceptional hindsight?

A. Flames fans were right to be 'nervous' after Erixon's stunt, but these threads were chock a block of sheep stampeding over a cliff. Factor in that Feaster absolutely killed the Erixon deal, and it was clearly unwarranted.

B. There were definitely 'prophecies of Doom' in abundance round here. Go back and read the threads, the end of the world was definitely nigh.

C. Of course you can express your opinions round here. Just don't whine when the rest of us point out that your opinions are wrong.

D. The way I made my call was simple. The number of entry level players who spurn their drafting team is vanishingly small, on the order of one every two years for the whole league. So out of the hundreds of players who are picked each year at the draft chances are half of one will try to game the system. Given Calgary had already had one of these rare events occur to them, the chances that another player would pull the same stunt successfully was infinitesimal. But of course, some Flames fans prefer to treat the rare event (Erixon being a douche) not as a statistical event, but as a narrative one.

To put it another way, the chances that JG walked on the Flames were about the same as Edmonton landing another Justin Schultz FA signing.

E. Not all us fans were 'perplexed' by the 'complex situation'. Some of us saw it for what it was. The routine signing of a draft pick who went to college.

F. It was not exceptional 'hindsight', it was intelligent foresight. Feel free to review my comments on the matter in previous threads. I said the idea that JG would jump was bunk, and I said it early and often.

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#15 Quintana
April 11 2014, 05:27PM
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Hockey futures is saying he is 5.07 ft and 153 lbs, is that true?

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#16 BobbyO
April 11 2014, 06:45PM
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CTibs wrote:

I'm a bit confused about the contract situation. Why can't they go to Abbotsford (not that I want to see them there) and why is one year already being burned?

Has nothing to do with the contract situation.

Have you ever heard of 'rules' ??

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April 11 2014, 07:48PM
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@TRAV

"And as I also like to point out... Jay Feaster made some good moves"

Feaster made some AWESOME moves, especially in retrospect:

- Getting Cammalleri and Ramo out of Montreal (this deal is all but a total rout, except that the 2nd rounder ended up being Zach Fucale)

- Fleecing Sather in the Erixon deal

- Drafting JG. In the 4th.

Etc. Feaster really doesn't get enough love.

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#18 Burnward
April 11 2014, 09:15PM
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@Captain Spaulding

Not a real boner. A hockey boner homey! My 85 is a 110 today!

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#19 Walter White
April 11 2014, 10:38PM
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Burnward wrote:

Nope. Big Ern will smash someone if they cheapshot the kid.

He treats respect with respect. If they show us none, that goes both ways.

I've never seen it....

WW

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#20 the-wolf
April 11 2014, 05:59PM
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BurningSensation wrote:

I think every nervous nelly who polluted our threads with their incessant whining about Feaster/Burke/ownership are; not doing enough/should be flying his parents somewhere/screwing up getting JG/running the franchise into the ground, turn up to apologize to everyone for the giant waste of time they perpetuated.

I mean seriously. We had people here parsing parental interviews like CIA Kremlinologists looking for hints that a Soviet tank commander might be ready to defect, and then turning their fantastic powers of observation on to how Boston will be where JG ends up and how we'll get nothing for him.

I realize there is a marked lack of drama in their lives, but the levels they were willing to go to invent it was simply jawdropping.

Some of the nervousness was warranted. The parental comments were concerning. Had JG decided to play another year, it'd be a massive risk not moving him. Hindsight is 20/20. Fans were just expressing their anxieties. No big deal.

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#21 Walter White
April 11 2014, 10:40PM
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Are you crazy???

You're not from round here, are you?

WW

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#22 Chambers
April 11 2014, 06:59PM
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bookofloob wrote:

is that a serious question?

Not playing him would be dumber! In fact it would be the dumbest decision Hartley would make the entire season!

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#23 Primo
April 11 2014, 07:34PM
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coachedpotatoe wrote:

It has to with CBA, NCAA players are treated differently than CHL players; I believe if Gatinue loses to Halifax tonight then Poirier could play for the Heat as he has already signed a contract(same a Klimchuk I believe)if I'm wrong I'm okay with being corrected.

On another matter; last night I heard on the Oilers game that Hockey Canada invited four Oilers to the worlds: Perron who said yes, and RNH, Eberle, and Hall who said they would have to think about it. Is there any news about whom might have been invited from the Flames? If no whom do people thinks should be invited; for me it would makes sense to invite Gio and Brodie as a tandem and possibly Monahan with a look to the future.

CP...funny how a class hockey player like Perron quickly accepted the opportunity. With Eberle, RNH and Hall having to think about things really tells me a lot about the character of those players! Wonder why the Oilers remain pathetic despite the high talent of young players??

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#24 Captain Spaulding
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Like I said hilarious!

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#25 broochesjustcrappedhispants
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Walter White wrote:

For as good of a fighter he is; unfortunately no one is scared of him, as he is a honourable fighter who only fights willing combatants......as long as you don't drop your gloves with him you won't get beat down.

We need an enforcer with a couple of screws loose, some one who may just lose his mind and put someone in the hospital.

Ie. Shawn Thornton (and he scored 5 goals this year and is a +2)

WW

Are you crazy???

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#26 FlamesRule
April 11 2014, 10:37PM
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MontanaMan wrote:

I get that and many ways I agree with it. If I'm the President, I'm picking my own guy as well. But in this case, Burke doesn't appear to be bringing in his own guy (we'll need to see who he hires). If he's bringing in "his guy" he's got him hired before the firing and replaces Feaster within a month. If you believe Burke and media reports, he has offered the job to Nieuwy and is looking forward to interviewing several GM's or Ass't GM's at the end of the year. This doesn't sound like he's got someone targeted and really doesn't justify the timing of Feaster's demise. Unfortunately, this smacks of Burke's arrogance and was more about power than a hockey decision.

Here comes Nonis now that Shanny is in T.O.

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#27 Mort
April 11 2014, 05:25PM
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Victoria Flames Fan wrote:

Was there ever any doubt? Lol.

Can't tell if sarcasm.....

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#28 Chambers
April 11 2014, 07:54PM
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BurningSensation wrote:

We moved past it being 'a little nervousness' a long, long time ago.

Take a look at the comment threads the last week, that's not 'nervousness', thats 'full blown panic, with large sides of anxiety, and prophecy of doom'.

The parental comments were utterly unconcerning, and should have been treated as the third hand comments from a media outlet motivated by page hits that they were.

As for my hindsight being 20/20, my foresight was even better. I called this months ago, and reiterated all last week that the unending flop sweat over JG was pointless.

When a team with empty cupboards (at the time) loses a first rounder highly regarded defenseman in Tim Erixon, Flames fans have every right to be nervous. No "prophecy's of doom" as you say just ordinary hockey fans expressing opinions on a hockey blog intended to express opinions!

Glad you pointed out you made the right call! Very astute on your part. Please explain how you made your call on a very complex situation that had all the other Flame fans perplexed?? How did you develop such exceptional hindsight?

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#29 Walter White
April 11 2014, 10:03PM
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Chambers wrote:

WW.... quit being a pussy. Do you think Johnny is going to grow 5 inches in the off season? He is not a kid..he is 21, a college graduate and a professional hockey player with the Flames. He has been waiting for this moment his entire life and you are going to destroy his confidence before he plays his first shift!! What are you going to tell him?? Be patient?

Be a man WW !!!

I hope I won't be saying "I told you so" on Sunday night.........

Tortellini is going to want his pound of flesh; don't you think he has been watching sports net? He knows we are giddy...... Fingers crossed.

WW

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April 11 2014, 10:37PM
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broochesjustcrappedhispants wrote:

Are you crazy???

How dare you talk to me like that beloche!!!

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#31 loudogYYC
April 12 2014, 12:54AM
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MontanaMan wrote:

One wonders about the fairness in firing Feaster. Clearly he made some poor trades but name a GM out there who hasn't. His drafting record (with Weisbrod) looks better with every signing. Taking the high road, if he is not cut out for a GM position, maybe Feaster needs to run a scouting program for an NHL team.

Dude, Feaster and Weisbrod were brutal at drafting. Feaster's greatest strength was letting people do their job and whenever he didn't do that, he'd make a mistake. Just look at Jankowski, the almost signing of Brad Richards and ROR.

I give Feaster credit for the moves he made to strengthen our farm team and for mostly giving the drafting reins to Button during his time here. I wouldn't go as far as saying he should run a scouting program though.

He deserved to be removed from the GM position.

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#32 Bikeit
April 11 2014, 05:35PM
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The flames future version of Cliff Ronning? Similar size and skill package. I'd be ok with that.

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#33 BurningSensation
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the-wolf wrote:

Some of the nervousness was warranted. The parental comments were concerning. Had JG decided to play another year, it'd be a massive risk not moving him. Hindsight is 20/20. Fans were just expressing their anxieties. No big deal.

We moved past it being 'a little nervousness' a long, long time ago.

Take a look at the comment threads the last week, that's not 'nervousness', thats 'full blown panic, with large sides of anxiety, and prophecy of doom'.

The parental comments were utterly unconcerning, and should have been treated as the third hand comments from a media outlet motivated by page hits that they were.

As for my hindsight being 20/20, my foresight was even better. I called this months ago, and reiterated all last week that the unending flop sweat over JG was pointless.

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#34 Victoria Flames Fan
April 11 2014, 05:21PM
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Was there ever any doubt? Lol.

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#35 CTibs
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I'm a bit confused about the contract situation. Why can't they go to Abbotsford (not that I want to see them there) and why is one year already being burned?

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#36 coachedpotatoe
April 11 2014, 06:00PM
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Walter White wrote:

PLEASE don't play the kids in the Vancouver game!!!!!

The Canucks have some of the cheapest players in the NHL; have you forgotten what Kassian did to Gagner?? Or to that other poor sap cutting him in the leg with his skate?

Why give these cheap shot artists a free shot at some of the key pieces of our teams future in a meaningless game?

Do you think Vancouver has forgotten about the "goons vs first line" episode?

Use your thinker Burke!!

WW

Solution is play them against the Sisters.

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#37 Clyde
April 11 2014, 06:53PM
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bookofloob wrote:

Playing him on Sunday is dumb.

Why?

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#38 Brent G.
April 11 2014, 07:09PM
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BurningSensation wrote:

We moved past it being 'a little nervousness' a long, long time ago.

Take a look at the comment threads the last week, that's not 'nervousness', thats 'full blown panic, with large sides of anxiety, and prophecy of doom'.

The parental comments were utterly unconcerning, and should have been treated as the third hand comments from a media outlet motivated by page hits that they were.

As for my hindsight being 20/20, my foresight was even better. I called this months ago, and reiterated all last week that the unending flop sweat over JG was pointless.

I couldn't agree more. People have been whining about the idea of him moving on 2 years ago. It was getting old last season and this year it was just like a bunch of prepubescent girls worrying if they will get asked to prom.

I look forward to what the next overblown reaction will be. It surely will reflect nothing but ignorance and irrationality.

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#39 Primo
April 11 2014, 08:10PM
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Feaster was simply a victim of circumstance! New leader comes in and will bring in his own people! Despite Feaster's great accomplishments he is toast. Not fair but welcome to the politics of the NHL.

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#40 MontanaMan
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Primo wrote:

Feaster was simply a victim of circumstance! New leader comes in and will bring in his own people! Despite Feaster's great accomplishments he is toast. Not fair but welcome to the politics of the NHL.

I get that and many ways I agree with it. If I'm the President, I'm picking my own guy as well. But in this case, Burke doesn't appear to be bringing in his own guy (we'll need to see who he hires). If he's bringing in "his guy" he's got him hired before the firing and replaces Feaster within a month. If you believe Burke and media reports, he has offered the job to Nieuwy and is looking forward to interviewing several GM's or Ass't GM's at the end of the year. This doesn't sound like he's got someone targeted and really doesn't justify the timing of Feaster's demise. Unfortunately, this smacks of Burke's arrogance and was more about power than a hockey decision.

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#41 wes
April 11 2014, 10:02PM
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inhale. exhale. inhale exhale. where is franchise? inhale. exhale...

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#42 SmellOfVictory
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Dude, Feaster and Weisbrod were brutal at drafting. Feaster's greatest strength was letting people do their job and whenever he didn't do that, he'd make a mistake. Just look at Jankowski, the almost signing of Brad Richards and ROR.

I give Feaster credit for the moves he made to strengthen our farm team and for mostly giving the drafting reins to Button during his time here. I wouldn't go as far as saying he should run a scouting program though.

He deserved to be removed from the GM position.

You can't say Feaster was brutal at drafting when he didn't make a draft pick in his tenure. Jankowski was a Weisbrod pick, not a "Weisbrod and Feaster" pick.

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Boy I'm sure glad we spent all that time huffing and puffing on whether he would sign over the last few days. Now the big test comes, will he be as good at te next level as we all hope he is.

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I was always in the camp of strategical/realistic/cynical/mean tanking camp. But for Sunday, forget about Ekblad/Bennet/Draisatl/Dal Colle; it's all about Johnny Hockey. And for the next year forget about McDavid/Eichel/Barzal; let's be trustworthy with Gaudreau, Backlund, Monahan, Brodie, Baertschi, Granlund, Wotherspoon, Knight, Colborne. Very excited about young guns.

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An important life skill is not worrying too much about the improbable even if it has happened to you in the past. Hopefully Gaudreau's signing will help some people learn this.

Gaudreau and Arnold were great together in the NCAA and are buddies who have dreamed of debuting in the NHL together. Hopefully they'll be on a line together in Vancouver!

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#46 Justin Azevedo
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#47 Chambers
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Walter White wrote:

The sisters and.........Kasian? Kessler? With Bieksa on D?

Too hard to manage over 60 minutes.

Play it safe........be patient until next year.

WW

WW.... quit being a pussy. Do you think Johnny is going to grow 5 inches in the off season? He is not a kid..he is 21, a college graduate and a professional hockey player with the Flames. He has been waiting for this moment his entire life and you are going to destroy his confidence before he plays his first shift!! What are you going to tell him?? Be patient?

Be a man WW !!!

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#48 Burnward
April 11 2014, 07:31PM
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Not sure how good the Flames will be...but the Heat might not lose a game next year.

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#49 MontanaMan
April 11 2014, 07:55PM
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BurningSensation wrote:

"And as I also like to point out... Jay Feaster made some good moves"

Feaster made some AWESOME moves, especially in retrospect:

- Getting Cammalleri and Ramo out of Montreal (this deal is all but a total rout, except that the 2nd rounder ended up being Zach Fucale)

- Fleecing Sather in the Erixon deal

- Drafting JG. In the 4th.

Etc. Feaster really doesn't get enough love.

One wonders about the fairness in firing Feaster. Clearly he made some poor trades but name a GM out there who hasn't. His drafting record (with Weisbrod) looks better with every signing. Taking the high road, if he is not cut out for a GM position, maybe Feaster needs to run a scouting program for an NHL team.

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#50 kevin
April 11 2014, 08:28PM
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Canes and isles win! These two sign oh what a perfect day

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