Calgary, AB, Canada (4E Sports) – The Calgary Flames have relieved general manager Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod of their duties effective immediately after the team dropped to 13th place in the Western Conference.
“I’m frustrated like all our fans with our inability to hold leads,” Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke said during a press conference at Scotiabank Stadium.
Burke said he would take over GM duties temporarily until a replacement is found. He added that he has already reached out to one unnamed candidate and received permission to interview him.
Joe Nieuwendyk, the former Dallas GM, and Claude Loiselle, an assistant GM in Toronto, are among the speculated candidates to interest Burke. Both have management history with Burke..
The Flames, who have an 11-15-4 record, haven’t qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs since the 2008-09 season.
Burke added that there would be no further moves in the front office and the team’s coach, Bob Hartley, and his staff would finish out the year.
During the press conference, Burke also said that he would like the Flames to play a different style in the future.
“I like teams that bang. I don’t like the way we play,” Burke said, adding that he wants to see more hostility and truculence.
The Flames play host to the Carolina Hurricanes Thursday night.
Feaster joined the Flames in June 2010 as assistant general manager. He was named acting general manager on Dec. 28, 2010 and on May 16, 2011 was named the general manager of the team. He won the Stanley Cup as the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.
Burke joined the Flames this fall, named to the role of president of hockey operations. The appointment came almost nine months to the day after he was dismissed as general manager by the Toronto Maple Leafs, a position he held for five years.