Jay Feaster

Feaster’s ‘marching order’ from ownership is to make the playoffs


Jay Feaster has been heavily criticized for failing to recognize a bad situation as general manager of the Calgary Flames.

Ask most observers what they’d do in Feaster’s position and they’d say, “Tear it down. Start again.”

And they were saying the same thing last year. And the year before that. And before that, too.


But the Flames steadfastly refused to enter a rebuilding phase.

Even now, after trading Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester, Feaster doesn’t want to say the Flames are rebuilding.

Is it possible, however, that it’s ownership, not Feaster, that’s been the most reluctant to accept a few losing seasons in order to build a contender for the long term?

We only ask because this is what Feaster had to say today when the trade deadline passed: “Murray Edwards told me last evening that he expects to be in the playoffs next year, so there’s my marching order.”

Edwards, in case it wasn’t obvious, is one of the Flames’ owners. In fact, he’s the chairman.

Feaster, of course, knows Edwards as “the guy who can fire me.” So what choice does the GM have but to follow orders?

Now, that said, let’s not pretend that Feaster has just been carrying out the orders of his delusional bosses all this time.

Feaster admitted recently that he’d erred in his approach.

“I should have had the intellectual honesty even earlier and said this isn’t working,” he said. “So shame on me, but I’m making sure we’re going to correct that going forward.”

The Flames have 14 games left to avoid missing the playoffs for the fourth straight time.

They head into tonight’s contest versus Edmonton eight points back of eighth place in the Western Conference.

Derek Roy signs in Swiss league

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Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.

Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.

The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.

A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.

With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.

Lehner’s injury ‘doesn’t look like it’s short term’

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Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.

Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.

When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.

“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”

It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.

While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.