The Calgary Flames made it official today. Jay Feaster has had the “acting” part of his title removed and is the new GM. Flames President, Ken King, made the announcement this afternoon during a press conference with Feaster and Craig Conroy. Feaster had some great comments on the future direction of the Flames. Here are a few of the best ones tweeted by @NHLFlames:
“The most exciting part for me is that I no longer have to answer the question: when are they taking ‘acting’ off your title”
“Craig Conroy has agreed to a multi-year deal as special assistant to GM”
“We’ve signed Curtis Glencross to a 4-yr 10.2 million dollar deal & are very happy”
“We’ll be making some player changes, we’ll have a different look, but we’ll get back to having the identity we want for this team.”
“We’re in the process now of negotiating with Alex [Tanguay]” “We’re very optimistic that we’ll be able to get him signed.”
I have to be honest. I like that 4th one. We’ll be making some player changes means that the slackers will be gone and anyone who has shown that they can work hard on a nightly basis will stay. Adding context to Glencross deal by saying that he left $$ on the table somewhere else shows that Feaster has the ability to get the right guys to stay and to even pay them less than they may be worth. This will be key when trying to shed some salary as he makes those changes.
Check out this interview with @Alex_Ruiz and Jay Feaster from FlamesTV
What do you think? Surprised? Shocked? Happy? Unhappy?