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Brian Burke’s kids tweak him via Twitter for shabby press conference appearance

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By Allan Muir

You know Brian Burke had a hard morning. He had to fire Jay Feaster, a man he described as a good friend, and another man, John Wiesbrod, that he said he hardly knew. No doubt there were meetings held on the fly, conference calls and all sorts of distractions. And honestly, he probably didn’t get a lot of sleep last night knowing that this whole thing was going down today.

MUIR: Timing of Feaster’s firing is curious

He had a lot on his mind. Enough that he probably didn’t give much thought to his personal presentation before he stepped up to the podium to address the media at the Saddledome.

In other words, he had good reason for it … but the guy was a mess.

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  • Published On Dec 12, 2013
  • Calgary Flames fire GM Jay Feaster; does Brian Burke want Mike Futa?

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    The Calgary Flames fired GM Jay Feaster

    Jay Feaster’s record in Calgary was underwhelming, but this season the Flames have overachieved. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Nobody should have been surprised this morning to learn that the Flames dismissed general manager Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod.

    Feaster’s record could be kindly be described as “checkered.” There was the botched Jarome Iginla trade. The near-disaster of the Ryan O’Reilly free agent offer sheet. Questionable management of diminishing assets like Miikka Kiprusoff. Not to mention Calgary’s general decline under his stewardship. Sacking him, then, was hardly an out-of-left-field decision.

    MUIR: The Feaster Follies

    The timing, though, was a surprise, considering it came just three months after Feaster’s job was said to be safe. But it had to be now, said the man who made that promise, Brian Burke, the Flames’ president of hockey operations.

    “We’re not operating in a vacuum,” he said. “There’s another team [the Sabres] in the search. Time could be of the essence [in getting the guy we want].”

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  • Published On Dec 12, 2013
  • GM Feaster’s leash no shorter in Calgary because of Brian Burke’s hiring

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    Brian Burke and Jay Feaster

    Brian Burke insists that he will have Flames GM Jay Feaster’s ear, but not his job. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    There was a scarcely hidden undercurrent of pity in Calgary today where Brian Burke was introduced as the new president of hockey operations for the Flames.

    While the man of the hour shared his thoughts on rebuilding the shattered organization, the team’s general manager, Jay Feaster, sat quietly to his left, all but ignored.

    You could almost hear what everyone in the room was thinking. “The poor guy. Forced to sit there and smile as they introduce the man who’s about to pull the chair out from under him.”

    It’s understandable. The easiest thing in the world right now is to be cynical about Feaster’s tenure. But it’s also wrongheaded. In fact, if someone offers you a line on his future, take the over. For all his failings, he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

    “I’m not the GM of the Calgary Flames. Jay Feaster is,” Burke confirmed today. “I think I can help, but Jay has great ability.”

    That’s probably where the cynicism comes in. Feaster’s competence has often come under fire, including more than once in this space, and if that’s what this move had been about, I would have applauded the team for taking the matches out of his hand before he burned the whole thing to the ground.

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  • Published On Sep 05, 2013
  • Remembering the moments that defined the 2013 NHL season

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    Nail Yakupov channeled Theo Fleury in his tying goal against the Kings back in January. (Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

    Nail Yakupov channeled Theo Fleury in his tying goal against the Kings back in January. (Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    I always have the best intentions at the beginning of each season to make a running tab of the moments most worth remembering. And, much like my determination to get back into game shape, it hasn’t happened yet.

    Still, it wasn’t too hard to come up with a list now that we’re at season’s end. The games offered enough highlights–and lowlights–to fill a full-length schedule. Here are my favorites:

    The Yakupov Slide: With the goalie pulled and Edmonton trailing Los Angeles by one back in January, Nail Yakupov crafted the signature moment of his rookie season: batting a Taylor Hall rebound out of midair and putting it behind Kings goalie Jonathan Quick with just 4.7 seconds left on the clock. He took a lot of grief for his spontaneous Theo Fleury impression, but it was a beautiful tally at a key moment. That’s exactly the kind of goal that calls for an over-the-top celly (yep, celly). You want to follow a sport that’s had all the life sucked out of it? Watch the NFL.

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  • Published On Apr 26, 2013
  • NHL Trade Deadline: Blues add Jay Bouwmeester for picks

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    Jay Bouwmeester trade

    The Bouwmeester trade is another questionable rebuilding move by the Flames after trading captain Jarome Iginla last week. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    At some point, maybe not too far into the future, Calgary Flames fans might look back at the deal that sent Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues for a first-round pick, along with defenseman Mark Cundari and goaltender Reto Berra, as the deal that righted this badly listing franchise.

    More likely though, this will be remembered as the third entry in GM Jay Feaster’s 2013 trilogy of failed decisions.

    This is just a bad, bad deal for the Flames.

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  • Published On Apr 02, 2013
  • Top Line: Penguins owe it all to Staal, bad news for Jason Spezza, more links

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    Douglas Murray of the Penguins

    Douglas Murray is a new Penguin because family came first for Jordan Staal. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    A notated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories about Jarome Iginla…and other stuff:

    • Jordan Staal’s decision not to extend his contract with the Penguins last summer was the first step on the path to this week’s pre-deadline trading frenzy in Pittsburgh.

    • All that airlifted talent doesn’t add up to more pressure on the Penguins, says James Neal. It simply ups their hunger to get the job done.

    • Oh…and the Penguins shut out the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night, 4-0, to win their 14th game in a row. The thing that stood out to me in this one: how relentless the line of Crosby/Dupuis/Kunitz was on the forecheck. If this is what their compete level looks like in March, I can’t wait to see them in May.

    • Jarome Iginla said the chance to win the Stanley Cup convinced him that Pittsburgh was the right place for him.

    • The Calgary Herald breaks down how the Iginla trade came together.

    • Steve Simmons says Jay Feaster should have been smart enough to say no to an Iginla trade. Meanwhile, Flames fans are left to wonder what might have been if Feaster or his predecessors had ever managed to acquire a true No. 1 center to play with Iggy. Our own Stu Hackel called it a crime.

    • The Senators are no longer counting on Jason Spezza to return this season.

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  • Published On Mar 29, 2013
  • Top Line: Chicago’s lucky 21, DiPietro’s disastrous AHL debut, more links

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    Brent Seabrook's overtime goal extended the Blackhawks' streak

    Brent Seabrook was pumped after scoring in OT to extend the Blackhawks’ point streak. (Photo by Nam Y. Huh/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    A guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The Blackhawks looked tired on Friday night, but still found a way to extend their record-setting streak to 21 games with an overtime win over Columbus. The most amazing thing about this stretch? All three games they’ve lost to this point have been in the shootout.

    • Life isn’t getting any easier for Rick DiPietro. The Islanders’ cast-off allowed five goals on 12 shots and was pulled after 20 minutes in his debut for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL.

    • Eric Francis wonders if Jay Feaster should be allowed to continue as Calgary’s GM in the wake of the Ryan O’Reilly waivers imbroglio.

    • Ya say ya like podcasts? Our own Adrian Dater and CBC’s Jeff Marek whipped one up to break down the Ryan O’Reilly saga.

    • The clip of Sidney Crosby scoring the 2010 Golden Goal has never been shown on an NHL video player of any kind. If the IOC and IIHF want NHL players in Sochi, they’ll have to provide the NHL video rights to moments like this.

    • The Canucks look like a million bucks in their new sweaters but the only mirror they should be looking in is the rear-view kind because here come the hard-charging Los Angeles Kings.

    • Our own Stu Hackel opens up the mail bag to answer reader questions at the New York Times.

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  • Published On Mar 02, 2013
  • The Jay Feaster follies

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    Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster had a tough week.

    Flames GM Jay Feaster and the NHL don’t see eye to eye on a rule in the new CBA. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Ryan O’Reilly may be back with the Colorado Avalanche, but the story of how he almost became a Calgary Flame isn’t over yet.

    As first reported by Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston this morning, Flames GM Jay Feaster failed to understand a very critical element of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Had Colorado accepted draft pick compensation instead of matching Calgary’s two-year, $10 million offer, O’Reilly would have been subject to waivers before joining the Flames as a result of having played in the KHL after the NHL season got underway.

    And that would have meant only one thing: O’Reilly would have been claimed by another team (likely Columbus) and the Flames would have given away a first- and third-round pick for nothing.

    All because Feaster and his staff didn’t bother to contact the league and make absolutely certain that there was no misunderstanding of this CBA clause.

    Fortunately for the Flames, the Avs matched the offer and spared Feaster that disastrous outcome.

    But while he didn’t lose the picks, he may have lost something more valuable: the trust of Calgary’s ownership in his ability to move forward.

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  • Published On Mar 01, 2013
  • UPDATED: Feaster goes down in flames with offer sheet bid for Ryan O’Reilly

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    Calgart Flames GM Jay Feaster

    Feaster famine: Calgary’s GM has had tough time of late improving his struggling Flames. (Terence Leung/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    For the second time in a day, Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster baffled everyone with his thinking.

    His decision to sign restricted free agent forward Ryan O’Reilly to a two-year, $10 million offer sheet might have seemed like a bold strike to solve his team’s glaring need for a No. 1 center. Instead, it strengthened a divisional foe ahead of the stretch drive. And he should have known that’s exactly what was going to happen.

    Not that Colorado wasn’t willing to send the reluctant O’Reilly packing. In fact, after months of failed negotiations, finger-pointing and embarrassing parental interference, it was the preferred ending to this tiresome drama.

    But an offer sheet? Nice try, but Do No Harm had a better chance of succeeding.

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  • Published On Mar 01, 2013
  • Trade for goon proves Flames GM Feaster is living in the past

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    The Flames traded for Brian McGrattan when they could have had him for free.

    One dimensional enforcer Brian McGrattan is a relic who won’t fix the flickering Flames. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    At some point, hopefully soon, a good friend of Jay Feaster will pull him aside, show him a calendar and make sure that Calgary’s GM has a firm grasp on the year in which he’s living and working.

    Feaster’s dogged determination to wear Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff down to the wire for a team that has no real chance at the playoffs is enough to make you wonder.

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  • Published On Feb 28, 2013


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