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.

  • magisterrex

    Address the goaltending? With whom, exactly? These kinds of posts are probably fun to write, but are a bit nonsensical, IMO. The org is suddenly going to throw Khabby under a bus after they stood by him all last year and this summer? Because Jay Feaster ran his mouth? Really?

    No. Nothing happens unless Khabby completely bombs again this year. Until then, the Oilers goaltending is what it is.

    • Lowetide

      Disagree. Tom Renney has already stated that NK is going to have to arrive at training camp and perform.

      Earlier this summer on Team 1260, Coach Renney was asked if Khabibulin can rebound: “He better. No one knows that better than Khabbi does. My exit interview with him was very poignant. He knows what is in front of him and should he not be able to seize that then the dynamic changes and he’s well aware of that.”

      The Oilers aren’t going to put this young club out there, watch them work their hearts out and then lose because the goalie can’t stop a beachball.

      They HAVE to get that straightened out, and that’s a fact. Feaster’s comments are just a reminder to the Oilers that no one fears them and one of the reasons is loyalty to Khabibulin.

      Jay Feaster doesn’t respect the Oilers. The Oilers can refute it, shove it down his throat or look awkwardly at the floor.

      But they can’t ignore it.

      No sir.

      • magisterrex

        Oh, come now. Renney also said last year that his goal was making the playoffs. Sometimes the man exaggerates a bit for the benefit of his audience.

        Fearless prediction: Khabby will have until the new year to show what’s he’s got. And if he does well, he won’t suffer any consequences for a midseason slump.

        • Lowetide

          Khabibulin was so poor a year ago that he should no longer be in the league. I’m not one of those NK bashers, I was in favor of the signing when it happened (although I wasn’t in favor of 4 years).

          But if he starts the season as he did a year ago (on November 18th he was 15gp, 4.07 .879) it would be a tragedy to continue with him.

  • Lowetide

    I honestly think this is a good thing. As talented as Calgary is (and they’re a good club) this quote is going to motivate the Oilers imo in all of the BOA games.

    They haven’t done much against the Flames in the last few seasons but this is an absolute piss cutter of a quote.

    Maybe the Flames run the table in 11-12 against the Oilers, but I think this quote gets brought up and in my observation as a sports fan it is never a good idea to give the other guy an added reason to beat you.

    Jay Feaster just did.

    • Lowetide

      We both pre-date the thumb-typing generation, but apperently your defintition of being “called out” differs from mine. I don’t see any bulletin board material here.

      While fans of the respective teams have hair-triggers when it comes to being coaxed into a barrage of predictable “your mommas,” I don’t see anything here a person who doesn’t have to pay to get into the games will pay a lot of attention to.

      Feaster doesn’t believe teams have to strip things bare, languish at the bottom of the standings for years on end, to build successfully. For every team that has built a contender that way, there are other organizations that have not. We know this to be true.

      He’s not going to follow that route with his team and he just said so, as he has before. The Oilers can ignore it and my guess is they will.

  • The Goat - Team FIST

    I’ve always believed that if your team isn’t making the playoffs they should go for a good draft pick. If you ask me the Flames are exactly where they always deserve to be. Out of the playoff run and short of a good draft pick. Here’s to the up and coming Oilers dynasty to shut a few mouths up.

    Go Oilers Go.

  • Little Buttcheeks

    Let’s see who’s laughing in a few years. The Flames are spinning their wheels whereas we at least have the potential to compete for it all 5-10 years down the road.