Jay Feaster

Wait, what? Jay Feaster totally supports Bourque suspension

When Rene Bourque was given a five-game suspension for elbowing Nicklas Backstrom in the face, you had to think that the Flames wouldn’t be too pleased about losing one of their better forwards. Flames GM Jay Feaster does things a bit differently, however, as he gave full marks to the league for their decision.

“We fully support the decision rendered by Brendan Shanahan and the Department of Player Safety in this matter. Both the Club and the player understand and appreciate the basis for the ruling, and intend to abide by the decision. We will have no further comment.”

The usual reaction from a team when their player is suspended is either dismay or approval through gritted teeth. Feaster giving a virtual “‘atta boy” to Brendan Shanahan for coming down hard is quite rare and a sign that, perhaps, teams are finally understanding Shanahan’s role in trying to clean up the game.

Just think, it only took half the season for it to sink in at its fullest too. Miracles can happen.

Flames release Ryan Wilson from PTO

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The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.

The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.

Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.

The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.

He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.

The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.

The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.

The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

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The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.