The Calgary Flames cleaned out two big pieces of their management structure Thursday, firing GM Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod. Is Brian Burke likely to replace Feaster? Well, duh!
The Calgary Flames announced early Thursday afternoon the team has fired GM Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod. President of hockey operations Brian Burke is scheduled to address the changes at a 1 p.m. ET press conference.
Feaster has been with the Flames organization since July of 2010, first as assistant GM to Darryl Sutter, then as an interim GM when Sutter resigned. The 51-year-old, who won a Stanley Cup as Tampa Bay GM in 2004, had the interim tag removed May 18, 2011, but when Burke joined the Flames in early September of this year, speculation arose that Feaster would not last long in the position. Three months later, that’s turned out to be accurate.
Burke is widely expected to succeed Feaster as GM. If he does, it would be the fifth team the 58-year-old has worked for in that capacity (the others are Hartford, Vancouver, Anaheim and Toronto).
Weisbrod, 45, was hired in the summer of 2011 to be Calgary’s assistant GM. He had been heavily involved in drafting and development and likely won’t be looking for work for very long.
For more on Brian Burke’s press conference, read Ryan Kennedy’s report here.