The Calgary Flames have announced the firing of general manager Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod. Team president of hockey operations Brian Burke will act as interim GM until a permanent replacement is found.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for Burke remaining in the background, though I doubt many Flames fans are upset over this move. Feaster failed to improve the Flames during his tenure, presiding over their decline and the departure of franchise players Jarome Iginla (trade) and Miikka Kiprusoff (retirement).
The club is presently engaged in a rebuild, and while Feaster did hire coach Bob Hartley, drafted promising Sean Monahan and last year signed Jiri Hudler, it’s apparent the front office lacked confidence in his ability and weren’t happy with the pace of the rebuild.
Cynics will suggest Burke will only make a token effort to find a replacement and install himself permanently as GM, but it’s more likely he will instead hire someone who can rebuild this club to his specifications. It’ll be interesting, however, to see how some of the draft picks and prospect acquired by Feaster over the past couple of years go on to become part of the Flames future.