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Jay Feaster's Blog: The lighter side of Brian Burke

Jay Feaster's Blog: The lighter side of Brian Burke

by Jay Feaster - December 8, 2008 11:29 AM EST

Despite his rough and aggressive attitude we often see on camera, Brian Burke has a friendly side to him as well.
Brian Burke arrived in Toronto to great fanfare and he wasted little time before demonstrating why he is a media favorite. From quipping that former Leafs captain Mats Sundin has “two dollars less than God” and thus won’t be making a decision based on money, to stating that the Leafs’ third and fourth lines need to bring “belligerence” and “testosterone,” etc.


Jay Feaster’s Blog: No pity for Oilers over Penner’s struggles

Jay Feaster’s Blog: No pity for Oilers over Penner’s struggles

by Jay Feaster - November 24, 2008 10:00 AM EST

The Oilers misjudged badly when signing the big center to an offer sheet and few, if any, GMs are sympathetic.
That giant cough you heard last week when Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish called out, embarrassed and otherwise lambasted 2007 restricted free agent offer sheet signee Dustin Penner was the sound of 27 or so NHL GMs snickering over poor Mac-T’s predicament.


Jay Feaster's Blog: The people who make road trips smooth

Jay Feaster's Blog: The people who make road trips smooth

by Jay Feaster - November 10, 2008 9:59 AM EST

The former Tampa Bay GM writes about the behind-the-scenes people who make trips away from home fun and easy.
When people ask what I miss most about no longer managing in the NHL I immediately answer, “the people.” I don’t mean just the players, coaches and staff, although that goes without saying.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Working with 'Torts' in Tampa

Jay Feaster's Blog: Working with 'Torts' in Tampa

by Jay Feaster - October 27, 2008 9:35 AM EDT

The former Lightning GM talks about his relationship with John Tortorella during their time in Tampa Bay.
Hall of Famer Bob Clarke recently commented that John Tortorella – or ‘Tortellini’ as Clarke once referred to him during our epic seven-game Eastern Conference final series in 2004 – was the best coach not currently working in the NHL.


Jay Feaster's Blog: What if Khabibulin stayed in Tampa?

Jay Feaster's Blog: What if Khabibulin stayed in Tampa?

by Jay Feaster - October 13, 2008 12:32 PM EDT

Former Tampa Bay GM Jay Feaster explains his attempts to re-sign the Bulin wall before he decided to sign in Chicago.
While I had originally planned to write more about the process of making final roster cuts, the recent travails of our former Stanley Cup-winning goalie, Nikolai Khabibulin, caused me to change my topic.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Final camp cuts are never easy

Jay Feaster's Blog: Final camp cuts are never easy

by Jay Feaster - September 29, 2008 2:35 PM EDT

The former Tampa GM discusses the basis on which players were cut from Lightning training camp and its importance.
With 26 NHL teams having to submit their final 23-man active rosters on Oct. 8, you can bet GMs and coaches will be spending a lot of time agonizing over those final cuts.


Jay Feaster’s Blog: Ready for action

Jay Feaster’s Blog: Ready for action

by Jay Feaster - September 22, 2008 9:44 AM EDT

The former Lightning GM talks about his last season with the Lightning and how he's ready to get back in the saddle.
Greetings from sunny Florida. Despite rumors on local sports talk radio of my demise, I am still based here in Hockey Bay, USA. However, I am no longer managing the Lightning.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Influences and role models, Part 3

Jay Feaster's Blog: Influences and role models, Part 3

by Jay Feaster - March 26, 2008 4:30 PM EDT

Jay Feaster discusses doing business in today's NHL, the legacy he hopes to leave behind and Anaheim GM Brian Burke, in his final installment.
In the final installment of his three-part series, Tampa Bay GM Jay Feaster writes about conducting business in today’s NHL, the legacy he hopes to leave behind and Anaheim GM Brian Burke.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Influences and role models, Part 2

Jay Feaster's Blog: Influences and role models, Part 2

by Jay Feaster - February 28, 2008 1:44 PM EST

Tampa Bay's GM talks about those who helped him along the way, how he tries to help others, and why relationships are so important.
In Part 2 of Jay Feaster’s blog outlining how he got to where he is today, we begin with his initial discussions with the Tampa Bay Lightning.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Influences and role models, Part 1

Jay Feaster's Blog: Influences and role models, Part 1

by Jay Feaster - February 21, 2008 3:35 PM EST

Tampa Bay's GM talks about those who helped him along the way and the road he took to getting the Lightning's top job.
In Part 1 of a two-part series, Tampa Bay GM Jay Feaster discusses his role models as an executive in the NHL, and how he developed into the GM he is today… Without a doubt, the person most responsible for my growth in this business is current Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix.


Jay Feaster's Blog: To buy or sell at the trade deadline?

Jay Feaster's Blog: To buy or sell at the trade deadline?

by Jay Feaster - January 24, 2008 3:37 PM EST

Tampa Bay's GM discusses what will influence his philosophy as Feb. 26 approaches and why he prefers to make deals earlier in the season.
In Tampa Bay, we’ve thrived on stability. That’s what we’ve tried to do – have a stable situation. That’s how we first became successful.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Dealing with the trade deadline

Jay Feaster's Blog: Dealing with the trade deadline

by Jay Feaster - January 17, 2008 11:00 AM EST

Tampa Bay's GM discusses team philosophy concerning being a buyer or seller as Feb. 26 approaches.
The all-star break, since it happens a little past the midway point of the season, is a good time to assess where your team is at going into the second half.


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