Flames GM admits team is rebuilding

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To the amusement of many, Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster has put up a better fight toward the term “rebuild” than his team did during many nights of the 2013 season. He finally caved and threw the term out to The Calgary Sun’s Randy Sportak on Friday.

“I’ve been to therapy since the end of the season and it is a rebuild,” Feaster said. “We are rebuilding.”

Well, that must be refreshing (if long-coming) for Flames fans. Some might see parallels to the trade deadline, as the Flames organization eventually embraced reality by trading big-money players Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester.

Some might grit their teeth because of today’s other revelation that the team won’t cash in any compliance buyouts,* yet with three first-round picks (including the sixth selection) in the 2013 NHL Draft, Calgary has a golden opportunity to make changes regardless of what label you want to use.

Here are a few fun alternate options, free of charge:

  • Shake the Etch-a-Sketch
  • Buy new groceries
  • Hit the “Reset” button

* – Assuming Feaster doesn’t have a late “a-ha!” moment with that too, of course.

Feaster’s rebuilding denial

Didn’t want to call it that after trade deadline

He had a “marching order” to make playoffs

Feaster made fun of the Edmonton Oilers