Feaster, Weisbrod fired from Calgary front office
In a move that should surprise no one, general manager Jay Feaster and assistant manager John Weisbrod have been relieved of their roles in the Calgary Flames’ front office. Feaster was hired in the summer of 2010, and made the full GM in 2011. Under Feaster’s management, the Flames had not won a playoff series, and have missed the postseason every year since 2008-09.
Feaster was never able to build a competent, competitive team around the two franchise cornerstones (RW Jarome Iginla and G Miikka Kiprusoff) that were in place for most of his tenure in Calgary. Ironically, Feaster was Tampa Bay’s GM during the ’03-’04 season, when the Lightning beat the Flames in the Stanley Cup final (which was also the last year Calgary won a playoff series).
Two of Feaster’s more notable moves occurred at last year’s trade deadline, as he dealt away Iginla and disappointing defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, each for first-round picks.
The writing was on the wall for these two when Calgary brought in front-office guru Brian Burke to be their new President of Hockey Operations back in September. Burke, architect of the Anaheim Ducks’ 2007 Cup-winning team, and the man who is responsible for much of the Maple Leafs roster that finally made the playoffs last year after a nine-year postseason drought, is expected to name himself general manager.
With 26 points so far this year, the Flames are currently the second-last team in the Western Conference, a mere point ahead of the last-place Edmonton Oilers. However, one glimmer of hope for Flames fans is courtesy of Feaster: C Sean Monahan, whom Feaster selected with the No. 6 pick in this past year’s draft. Before suffering an injury, Monahan was enjoying a strong rookie year with nine goals and 15 points in 24 games.
Monahan was also part of a 2013 draft class that could very well shape the Flames’ future. In addition to Calgary’s own No. 6 pick, they were also to draft forwards Emile Poirer (No. 22 overall) and Morgan Klimchuk (No. 28) in the first round, thanks to the extra first-round choices acquired in the Bouwmeester and Iginla trades.
So while it’s very possible that Feaster’s lasting Flames legacy will (deservedly) be one of failure, he should also be remembered for that ’13 draft class if Monahan, Poirer and Klimchuk become the foundation of a competitive team in Stampede City.