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Flames Fire Jay Feaster

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This is a bit of news that is likely coming as a surprise to pretty much nobody, perhaps not even the person at the center of it. As soon as the Calgary Flames hired Brian Burke as President of Hockey Operations, the scuttlebutt was that Jay Feaster's time at GM was limited, especially if the Flames were as poor as people expects. A surprisingly good start to the year may have bought Feaster some time, but things did eventually turn out as expected. So now, Feaster has been fired.

Again, this is not surprising. The Flames are having a bad season, and they are not going to get near the playoffs in the Western Conference. The only thing buoying them up at all is how bad their Alberta brethren the Edmonton Oilers are doing. Of course, this was not expected to be a good season for Calgary. They are rebuilding, but Feaster won't get to do the job.

Burke is a guy who has been a GM in this league for many years, and the prevailing wisdom was that he'd want to bring his own guy into Calgary, or to take on a bigger role himself. Burke probably has a plan and, personally, I think this will be beneficial for the Flames. Snicker at the Phil Kessel trade, but Burke's track record is impressive. Although, for some reason I feel like I have heard his name attached to a dismissal of statistical analysis. I know that is something attached to the Maple Leafs, where he last was, but I don't know if Burke himself was a part of that. That won't stop Calgary from having success, but it would hinder them. You can't fight the future.

Calgary's rebuild hit another step in the process with the Feaster firing. They can only hope this goes smoother than the rebuild in Edmonton.


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