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Jay Feaster's Blog: Planning Stanley's summer schedule

Jay Feaster's Blog: Planning Stanley's summer schedule

by Jay Feaster - May 25, 2009 10:15 AM EDT

The former GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning explains what a Cup-winner must do to ensure every player gets his turn with the famous trophy.
Within the next few weeks one NHL GM is going to add some exciting items to his standard to-do list. He is going to have to make arrangements with his captain for the whereabouts and safekeeping of Lord Stanley’s Cup following its presentation to the victorious team.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Kudos to Boudreau for making tough goaltending decision

Jay Feaster's Blog: Kudos to Boudreau for making tough goaltending decision

by Jay Feaster - May 11, 2009 11:37 AM EDT

Sitting a high-priced starter isn't an easy thing to do, but the Caps coach took the road less traveled and it paid off.
Prior to the 2009 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series between Washington and New York, I predicted the Rangers would win. In addition to believing in former Lightning coach John Tortorella, I also believed in the superiority of New York’s goaltending.


Jay Feaster’s Blog: Unsung heroes needed to win the Stanley Cup

Jay Feaster’s Blog: Unsung heroes needed to win the Stanley Cup

by Jay Feaster - April 27, 2009 11:35 AM EDT

The former Tampa GM who won a Cup in 2004 recalls Ruslan Fedotenko's key performance then and compares it to Michael Ryder's with Boston this year.
In winning the Stanley Cup in Tampa in 2004 we were led in the post-season by a number of players. Brad Richards won the Conn Smythe Trophy, Nikolai Khabibulin was all-world in net and Marty St-Louis was ‘Mr.


Jay Feaster’s Blog: What a GM can do to limit Sean Avery’s impact

Jay Feaster’s Blog: What a GM can do to limit Sean Avery’s impact

by Jay Feaster - April 14, 2009 11:43 AM EDT

The former GM in Tampa Bay talks about what he would do if he was facing the superpest in a playoff series.
Prior to the opening of the playoffs each year, the NHL convenes a mandatory conference call for the GMs and coaches of the 16 participating teams.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Saying goodbye to one of the game's great owners

Jay Feaster's Blog: Saying goodbye to one of the game's great owners

by Jay Feaster - March 30, 2009 9:30 AM EDT

The former GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning talks about the loss of Bill Davidson, who passed away earlier in March.
The sports world lost one of its greatest executives March 13 when Detroit Pistons and former Tampa Bay Lightning owner Bill Davidson died at the age of 86.


Jay Feaster’s Blog: Will Jokinen burn bright as a Flame?

Jay Feaster’s Blog: Will Jokinen burn bright as a Flame?

by Jay Feaster - March 16, 2009 10:15 AM EDT

The former GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning provides his thoughts on Calgary's acquisition of the talented Finn.
While the Calgary Flames clearly made the biggest splash at the trade deadline, query whether they can win the ultimate prize as a result of their acquisition of enigmatic center Olli Jokinen.


Jay Feaster's Blog: The nicer side of Tortorella

Jay Feaster's Blog: The nicer side of Tortorella

by Jay Feaster - March 2, 2009 11:21 AM EST

The former NHL GM talks about the different motivational techniques used by his coach in Tampa Bay.
When John Tortorella was named head coach of the Rangers, three of his former players - Vinny Lecavalier, Martin St-Louis and Pavel Kubina - commented that Rangers players had best be on “Tortorella Time.


Jay Feaster’s Blog: GMs must be brave at trade time

Jay Feaster’s Blog: GMs must be brave at trade time

by Jay Feaster - February 16, 2009 8:26 AM EST

Pulling the trigger on a trade can be tough to do, but a good GM sticks by his convictions and reaps the rewards.
Former Flyers GM Bob Clarke and I recently participated in a panel discussion and were asked about trades we had made together. Recalling our pre-draft day trade of June 21, 2002 reminded me that NHL GMs must have the courage of their convictions and concern themselves only with acting in what they believe to be the best interests of their franchise.


Jay Feaster’s Blog: Suspending stars right move by Bettman

Jay Feaster’s Blog: Suspending stars right move by Bettman

by Jay Feaster - February 2, 2009 9:25 AM EST

The former GM in Tampa discusses why, for the good of the NHL, it was right for the league to levy a one-game ban on Lidstrom and Datsyuk.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made the right call two weeks ago when he decreed Detroit Red Wings Nik Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk sit out the Wings’ first game following the all-star break as the penalty for failing to participate in all-star weekend activities in Montreal.


Jay Feaster's Blog: How trade rumors begin

Jay Feaster's Blog: How trade rumors begin

by Jay Feaster - January 19, 2009 11:14 AM EST

The former GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning examines how he tried to keep the lid on deal discussions, but they would always be leaked.
My mentors in the game were iconic GMs such as Pierre Lacroix and Lou Lamoriello. The inner workings of their teams were never discussed in public or played out in front of the media.


Jay Feaster’s Blog: Trade deadline plans begin at mid-winter meetings

Jay Feaster’s Blog: Trade deadline plans begin at mid-winter meetings

by Jay Feaster - January 5, 2009 12:00 PM EST

The former Tampa Bay GM discusses how teams plan ahead by bringing scouts and staff together to talk about the future.
As we turn the calendar on 2008, most teams will have conducted, or will soon hold, their mid-winter meetings that will map out a course of action for the stretch run.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Time to set a 'comeback' date

Jay Feaster's Blog: Time to set a 'comeback' date

by Jay Feaster - December 22, 2008 12:12 PM EST

The former GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning writes about the Mats Sundin saga and how the option to sit and wait should be reduced.
So tell us, Vancouver: What does it feel like to finish second? What does it feel like to be the second-most handsome young man who could have asked Mats Sundin to the dance? The really good looking guy, the one Mats was hoping and pining for, had too many other commitments in place and simply couldn’t come up with a way to squeeze poor Mats onto their roster.


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