Jay Feaster has my childhood haircut and the ability to talk junk. One we knew about, but the other is just pure fun. 

I couldn’t make this up if I tried. In an article entitled JAY FEASTER ANSWERS QUESTIONS FROM FANS J-Fea lays down the law on Edmonton Oiler management:

“I’m sorry — Edmonton finished where last year, caller? Want to wager on where we finish relative to Edmonton this year? I’m tired of this question, I’ll tell you very honestly. I’m getting a little sour. How many teams . . . every year, for the last 10 years, five years, eight years, have finished in the bottom five, bottom seven, bottom 10? They’ve had a pick anywhere from No. 1 to No. 10 year after year after year after year, and they still wander in the desert. And they’re no closer to getting out than they were 10 years ago. You know what? I look forward to the Battle of Alberta for the next X number of years. If the idea is, ‘Burn it to the ground,’ then Ken can find another manager to do it.”

 The original article is here.

Wow! I love it! Calling out another organization as Jay Feaster has done here is unusual for any North American sport and extremely rare for the NHL. The best part for Oiler fans?

The response.

Surely the Edmonton Oilers will be quick to address weakness, whether it be in goal, the blueline or elsewhere in an effort to make JayFea eat his words? Right? I mean you’ve been called out by your provincial rival. Another top 5 pick next summer hardly seems worth it. Let’s get to work on that goaltending, shall we? Jay Feaster has provided the inspiration, and my bet is that the Edmonton Oilers will respond with a lot of perspiration.

  • RexLibris

    I get where Feaster is coming from. From what I’ve gathered in talking to Flames fans and bloggers they are sick to death of hearing from every out-of-town media personality and even some of their own fans about what Edmonton is doing and how Edmonton is going to be so good soon and when is Calgary going to trade Iginla and are they ready for a rebuild yet.

    Personally, my hope for Calgary is perpetual mediocrity. No hope, ever. But then I have a visceral dislike for the Flames, Stamps, Roughnecks, Vipers, Hitmen, etc.

    As I see it Calgary is in almost exactly the same spot that the Oilers were in a few years back (don’t tell them that either, it really ticks them off) and they have been throwing ballast overboard by way of picks and prospects for years just to try and maintain altitude. They have something like 70% of their roster going UFA over the next two years and are set up like Wall Street in the fall of ’08. They can see the crash coming, they all know it’s there, they just don’t want to think about it. We shouldn’t be surprised, how many Oiler fans thought Patrick O’Sullivan was going to be a 60pt second-line depth scorer. Our job will be to remind Flames fans in three or four years when they get all excited about a rebuild what it was they said about the strategy of tearing it all down.

    I hope that Feaster is around for the rebuild, or retool, or whatever term they want to use to dissociate themselves from us, because with his trading/drafting record they’ll be lucky to get a 4th pairing defenseman and a 6th round pick for Iginla with Jay at the helm. Personally, I’d like to see Iginla retire a Flame.

    If Oiler fans want to be upset or worried about something worry about the Flames crashing during the draft year of players like Nathan MacKinnon, Sam Reinhart, and Curtis Lazar. Even Feaster couldn’t screw up that pick.

    When I want to trade barbs with a Flames fan I usually tell them about how the more I hear a Calgarian talk about how world-class their city is the more they sound like someone from Toronto. And now with their roster looking a lot like a Leafs 2nd tier alumni team it makes it all the sweeter.

    As for the Gilbert and Khabibulin drama: Gilbert should stay, he’s healthy and dependable and the team withouth him right now is worse than with him. Khabibulin isn’t going anywhere right now, next summer maybe, at the deadline if we’re really lucky and say our prayers every night, but otherwise he’ll be here all year, and maybe then some.

  • John Chambers

    Feaster is backing his own way to get better over the Oiler way . Results show Flames doing better their way , than we are doing it with ours . Feasters right till if and we prove him to be wrong . I prefer to just miss the playoffs than be a lotto team to be honest .

  • Lowetide

    I think the Feaster comments are very interesting. The typical quote would have been “Edmonton’s injuries in 09-10 dictated a rebuild and shucks we hope we can avoid that” but he didn’t do it.

    It’s a thing. Jay Feaster didn’t use the book of boring. I think it’s refreshing.

  • justDOit

    Feaster is shootin’ the p!ss at us? He must still believe that his Cup win was all his doing, even though he largely inherited his championship team.

    LT: Maybe you guys could get Feaster on ON to ask him about his strategy of trading premier defenseman for nothing?

  • OutDoorRink

    Feaster is treading water and trying to make it sound as if he’s a dolphin. Atta boy, Flipper!

    “I prefer to just miss the playoffs than be a lotto team to be honest .”

    Not me, not during a rebuild. Both teams seasons end at the same time, but for the lotto team, Christmas comes early.

  • O.C.

    Late to the party.

    Short term pain, long term gain.

    Unless Flames make bold moves, they are destined to experience the slow leak… with the goal to try to make the playoffs and hope for the best.

    Been there.

  • OutDoorRink

    Although it’s pretty difficult to divine Feaster’s tone of voice in a written transcript, it’s pretty clear he’s had LOTS of questions about going the Penguins/Hawks/Oilers tear-it-down rebuild method and was feeling frustrated by it. Or maybe he’s just naturally snarky.

    Whatever – his drive-by snipe on the Oilers probably need not draw too much of our attention.

    The fact is, I could care less about Jay Feaster’s philosophy on team rebuilds … or the price of tea in China, for that matter.

    The truth is, the goings-on of the Calgary Flames just aren’t worth the trouble. As we saw with the vandalism on the all-in-fun sign outside of McMahon Stadium, there’s just no point in engaging Calgarians in sports talk anymore. It’s tiresome.

    If Feaster figures the better method is to go out and sign free agents and make big trades, then so be it. And if he makes it work, good on him. What he’s gotta realize – and I’m sure he cares not a whit about – is that the trade-and-free-agent method didn’t work in Edmonton. That’s why the teardown-and-rebuild method is in full swing in Edmonton. It was really the only play we had left in the playbook.

    But if Feaster figures he make sign-and-trade work in Calgary – a city whose warts are barely distinguishable from Edmonton’s in the eyes of many NHLers – then God bless him. But surely he must realize that he can make no claims on the merits of his philosophy in the here and now. His team missed the playoffs last year.

    I’m sure that Feaster realizes that rebuilding with kids through the draft is a philosophy that’s been around far longer than the current Penguins and Blackhawks have. The Islanders built through the draft. So did those strong Avalanche teams of the 1990s (thanks to the Nords’ three No. 1 picks in a row). The Red Wings’ core of the last 20 years was one developed by the draft. And, as we all know, the core group of the dynasty-era Oilers were drafted.

    If Jay wishes to ignore all that, then nothing can be done for him. By opting out of that, he’s just not credible.

    And that, dear Flames fans, should make you shudder.