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Jay Feaster’s Blog: Not taking St-Louis a big mistake for Team Canada

Jay Feaster’s Blog: Not taking St-Louis a big mistake for Team Canada

by Jay Feaster - January 11, 2010 11:40 AM EST

Ninth in NHL scoring and a regular in international play, leaving Martin St-Louis off the Olympic team is poor planning by Team Canada.
Give the United States credit – and perhaps an early lead – in the race for Olympic gold in 2010 at the Vancouver Winter Games for rewarding loyalty and recognizing the importance of leadership.


Jay Feaster’s Blog: Despite being too late, Atlanta must still deal Kovalchuk

Jay Feaster’s Blog: Despite being too late, Atlanta must still deal Kovalchuk

by Jay Feaster - December 28, 2009 9:35 AM EST

The Stanley Cup-winning former NHL GM explains why GM Don Waddell should have traded his star last season and not risked a dry market now.
Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell confirmed last week negotiations between the club and the agent for franchise-forward and pending summer 2010 unrestricted free agent Ilya Kovalchuk had hit a “snag.


Jay Feaster’s Blog: Flyers' good-guy/bad-guy coaching carousel continues

Jay Feaster’s Blog: Flyers' good-guy/bad-guy coaching carousel continues

by Jay Feaster - December 14, 2009 9:20 AM EST

The Stanley Cup-winning former NHL GM provides his take on the situation in Philly, wondering if it isn't time for some player accountability.
Twenty-three players, more or less, failed to earn their paychecks through the Flyers’ first 25 games this season and as a result, John Stevens, a very good hockey man and a champion as a player and head coach lost his job.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Giving thanks

Jay Feaster's Blog: Giving thanks

by Jay Feaster - November 30, 2009 11:00 AM EST

In this THN.com Insider Blog, the Stanley Cup-winning former Tampa GM looks at what each team can be grateful for so far this season.
With the long U.S. Thanksgiving weekend holiday weekend fresh in our minds, I thought I would take a few moments to share my thoughts on what the NHL member clubs are thankful for with just more than a quarter of their schedules in the books: Anaheim: Lots of hockey yet to be played.


Jay Feaster’s Blog: Still searching for logic behind agent’s tweet about Price

Jay Feaster’s Blog: Still searching for logic behind agent’s tweet about Price

by Jay Feaster - November 16, 2009 9:35 AM EST

Agent Allan Walsh may have been trying to be humorous or perhaps trying to start a goalie controversy, but either way it was a poorly thought out move.
Just more than a week after NHLPA-certified player agent Allan Walsh got his tweet off about Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price’s supposed win/loss record over his previous 42 NHL games, I am still searching for motive.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Looking at Team Canada after a month of hockey

Jay Feaster's Blog: Looking at Team Canada after a month of hockey

by Jay Feaster - November 2, 2009 10:51 AM EST

Is Vinny Lecavalier playing well enough to earn a spot? What effect will injuries to certain players have? Does Dustin Penner fit into the mix?
Watching the Tampa Bay Lightning during the month of October convinced me superstar right winger Martin St-Louis is desperately trying to play his way onto the 2010 Canadian Olympic Team, while teammate and franchise player Vincent Lecavalier is in serious danger of being left off the squad.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Dodging a Vokoun bullet

Jay Feaster's Blog: Dodging a Vokoun bullet

by Jay Feaster - October 19, 2009 9:40 AM EDT

Florida is finding out what former GM Jay Feaster bet on in 2007: that Tomas Vokoun can't get it done when it counts.
Shortly after the 2006-07 season ended in another first-round playoff exit for the Tampa Bay Lightning, I began receiving calls from Predators GM David Poile offering to solve our goaltending problem by trading Tomas Vokoun to us.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Why Brian Burke is one of the best in the business

Jay Feaster's Blog: Why Brian Burke is one of the best in the business

by Jay Feaster - October 5, 2009 11:00 AM EDT

The former Tampa GM and Cup champion writes why Toronto GM Brian Burke is among the best managers in the game today.
Give Toronto GM Brian Burke high marks, not just for rebuilding the Toronto Maple Leafs and giving Leafs Nation hope, but for stirring the pot across Canada as well.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Trading for Heatley a mistake by San Jose

Jay Feaster's Blog: Trading for Heatley a mistake by San Jose

by Jay Feaster - September 21, 2009 9:29 AM EDT

Bringing in a player who puts himself above the team puts Sharks coach Todd McLellan in a tough position and team chemistry in peril.
While it is still early, Bryan Murray is my front-runner for executive of the year honors this season. Murray took one very sour lemon and parlayed it into two refreshing glasses of lemonade by moving self-centered Dany Heatley to San Jose for solid NHLers Jonathan Cheechoo and Milan Michalek.


Jay Feaster's Blog: The perils of the no-trade clause

Jay Feaster's Blog: The perils of the no-trade clause

by Jay Feaster - September 9, 2009 10:20 AM EDT

The former GM of the Lightning talks about how NTCs are handcuffing potential moves and why they shouldn't be allowed.
Article 11.8 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the NHL and NHLPA permits “individually negotiated limitations on player movement,” better known as no trade/no movement clauses.


Jay Feaster’s Blog: How to build short- and long-term at the draft

Jay Feaster’s Blog: How to build short- and long-term at the draft

by Jay Feaster - June 23, 2009 11:04 AM EDT

The former GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning explains how the moves he made on draft day helped build a Stanley Cup champion.
As the 2009 NHL draft gets under way in Montreal later this week, some GMs will be faced with tough choices as they contemplate how best to improve their teams.


Jay Feaster's Blog: A summer with Stanley

Jay Feaster's Blog: A summer with Stanley

by Jay Feaster - June 8, 2009 10:00 AM EDT

The former GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning details the time he spent with Lord Stanley's mug and the memories that will last a lifetime.
While there are many advantages to being the GM of the Stanley Cup champions, one of my personal highlights from the 2004 season was watching my children interact not only with the Cup itself but also the Cup’s keepers.


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