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Jay Feaster's Blog: Why trades are tough on players

Jay Feaster's Blog: Why trades are tough on players

by Jay Feaster - June 28, 2010 1:30 PM EDT

The former Tampa Bay GM writes about the "conditional" Florida-Vancouver trade and why it would have been difficult for the players.
During the drama of the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, did anyone else wonder what it must be like to be any of Steve Bernier, Michael Grabner, Keith Ballard, Victor Oreskovich or Andrew Cogliano? I did.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Blackhawks brace for ugly salary arbitration

Jay Feaster's Blog: Blackhawks brace for ugly salary arbitration

by Jay Feaster - June 14, 2010 11:10 AM EDT

The former Tampa Bay GM writes that while winning the Stanley Cup is the peak of any season, the proceedings that follow are about anything but the team.
Congratulations to the Chicago Blackhawks organization for winning the 2010 Stanley Cup! From personal experience I know what an exciting and emotional time it is for Hawks GM Stan Bowman.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Yzerman brings excitement back to Tampa – but what's next?

Jay Feaster's Blog: Yzerman brings excitement back to Tampa – but what's next?

by Jay Feaster - May 31, 2010 11:35 AM EDT

A new owner and a respected GM have got Lightning fans giddy for their team again, but there is still lots of work to be done.
New Tampa Bay Lightning owner, Jeff Vinik, hit a home run last week with his announcement former Red Wings great, Steve Yzerman, would become the sixth GM in franchise history.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Why did the Penguins go out with a whimper?

Jay Feaster's Blog: Why did the Penguins go out with a whimper?

by Jay Feaster - May 17, 2010 12:11 PM EDT

The Cup-winning GM talks about how it wasn't so much Pittsburgh lost a seven-game series to the eighth seed as it was how they went out.
Now that the Montreal Canadiens have dispatched the defending Stanley Cup champions, I am even more convinced the credit belongs to Montreal this post-season.


Jay Feaster's Blog: No need to blow up the Capitals

Jay Feaster's Blog: No need to blow up the Capitals

by Jay Feaster - May 4, 2010 12:45 PM EDT

The Stanley Cup-winning GM explains why Caps GM George McPhee knows better than to act hastily after a season that fell short of expectations.
During my tenure as GM in Tampa there was only one time I enjoyed the end-of-season individual player-exit meetings – 2004, when I cancelled the meetings and told the training staff to make sure we had all player injuries well documented.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Expect Craig Ramsay or John Torchetti to be new Thrashers coach

Jay Feaster's Blog: Expect Craig Ramsay or John Torchetti to be new Thrashers coach

by Jay Feaster - April 19, 2010 12:22 PM EDT

Given new GM Rick Dudley's past tendencies and relationships, it wouldn't be a surprise if one of these two veterans gets the job in Atlanta.
Rick Dudley began his fourth stint as GM of an NHL team last week when he took the reins in Atlanta from close personal friend and colleague Don Waddell, who was promoted to team president.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Tip of the hat to the unsung heroes

Jay Feaster's Blog: Tip of the hat to the unsung heroes

by Jay Feaster - April 8, 2010 10:05 AM EDT

The Stanley Cup-winning GM pays respect to the people behind the scenes whose hard work keeps the players able to entertain the fans night in and night out.
With the Stanley Cup playoffs approaching, I started thinking about the ‘unsung heroes’ who toil behind the scenes and rarely, if ever, have their contributions to team success recognized.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Washington now hockey's capital organization

Jay Feaster's Blog: Washington now hockey's capital organization

by Jay Feaster - March 22, 2010 11:15 AM EDT

Great management from top to bottom has led to the success of both the Caps in the NHL and the Hershey Bears in the AHL.
The 2010 Winter Olympics, Team USA’s young guns, Canadian men’s and women’s hockey gold, head shots, concussions and tight playoff races have all captured our attention this season and for good reason.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Kings' deadline trades best in the West

Jay Feaster's Blog: Kings' deadline trades best in the West

by Jay Feaster - March 8, 2010 12:00 PM EST

Dealing for Jeff Halpern and Fredrik Modin will help the Kings secure a playoff spot and make a deep playoff run.
“And the winner of the ‘2010 NHL Western Conference Trade Deadline Frenzy That Helped His Team The Most Award’ is (drum roll, please): Los Angeles Kings GM, Dean Lombardi!” Bet that got your attention.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Olympics not worth the break

Jay Feaster's Blog: Olympics not worth the break

by Jay Feaster - February 22, 2010 11:10 AM EST

The Stanley Cup-winning GM explains why he doesn't believe the NHL should take part in the Games beyond this year.
Does anyone else miss the NHL? Is anyone else tired of watching the Olympic men’s hockey tournament? Anyone else think that while commissioner Gary Bettman says the decision on whether to shutter the NHL for two weeks in 2014 in order to allow NHL players to participate in the Winter Games in Sochi, Russia won’t be made until after a new CBA in 2011, the cost/benefit analysis was recorded in his mind well before Vancouver? When last we saw NHL action, six teams were battling for the final three playoff spots in the East.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Hitchcock gets a raw deal in Columbus

Jay Feaster's Blog: Hitchcock gets a raw deal in Columbus

by Jay Feaster - February 8, 2010 11:55 AM EST

Former NHL GM Jay Feaster believes Ken Hitchcock didn't get a fair shake from the Blue Jackets.
The first time I met Ken Hitchcock was in the early 1990s. I had been named GM of the American League’s Hershey Bears and spent that season working under a Hershey legend and Hockey Hall of Famer, the late Frank Mathers.


Jay Feaster's Blog: Who will make the East playoffs

Jay Feaster's Blog: Who will make the East playoffs

by Jay Feaster - January 25, 2010 10:51 AM EST

The Stanley Cup-winning GM explains that it will be goaltending that will make the difference in the Eastern Conference.
With about two-thirds of the NHL season in the books, it appears Buffalo, New Jersey, Pittsburgh and Washington are locks to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, while Carolina and Toronto are done.


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