Jay Feaster was on CBC Hockey Night in Canada After Hours last night to talk about his plan for the Calgary Flames. The Calgary Flames are five points out of a playoff spot and will likely have to win every two games out of three in order to make playoffs.
Feaster will be meeting with Flames management to discuss two plans of attack. The plans will be based on if they want to make a run at playoffs or a rebuild. Feaster talked about building with a core group of players as the starting point. He mentioned players like Jarome Iginla, Miikka Kiprusoff and Jay Bouwmeester as the current core.
Feaster wants to build around the teams core like he did in Tampa Bay but lets remember that when he started in Tampa Bay his core players were all under the age of 25 so he had time to rebuild around them.
Feaster stated on HNIC After Hours that he has no intention of trading his core players who he listed as Jarome Iginla, Miikka Kiprusoff, Robyn Regehr, Jay Bouwmeester and Mark Giordano. Iginla is 33 years old, Kiprusoff is 34, Regehr is 30, and Bouwmeester and Giordano are 27—not exactly a young group of players to build around.
If the Flames are going to build around this core then the short-term goal needs to be win it all now or next season. The good news for Flames fans is that Feaster knows what it takes to win, as he has been the GM of a Calder Cup Champion and Stanley Cup Champion.
Feaster also stated that rebuilding through the draft doesn’t always work either. Feaster said, “For every Tampa Bay under Phil Esposito suffered and walked in the wilderness for a very long time, drafted a Vinny Lecavalier and a Brad Richards and ultimately won a Stanley Cup. Pittsburgh in the wilderness for a long time drafts Sidney Crosby and Malkin win a Stanley Cup.
"For every one of those there are teams and we can name them that have drafted in the top five or ten every year at the draft for the last six, seven, eight, 10 years and there still in the wilderness. So there’s no guarantee that that strategy gets you where you need to go.”
Considering the draft history of the Tampa Bay Lightning while Feaster was GM it’s probably a good thing he feels that way and doesn’t plan to rebuild through the draft.
The good news is that the Flames are undefeated under Feaster and are on their longest winning streak of the season. Should be an interesting couple of months as we head towards the trade deadline.
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