by Jay Feaster - December 8, 2008 11:29 AM UTC
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.
by Jay Feaster - November 24, 2008 10:00 AM UTC
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.
by Jay Feaster - November 10, 2008 9:59 AM UTC
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.
by Jay Feaster - October 27, 2008 9:35 AM UTC
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.
by Jay Feaster - October 13, 2008 12:32 PM UTC
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.
by Jay Feaster - September 29, 2008 2:35 PM UTC
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.
by Jay Feaster - September 22, 2008 9:44 AM UTC
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.
by Jay Feaster - March 26, 2008 4:30 PM UTC
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.
by Jay Feaster - February 28, 2008 1:44 PM UTC
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.
by Jay Feaster - February 21, 2008 3:35 PM UTC
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.
by Jay Feaster - January 24, 2008 3:37 PM UTC
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.
by Jay Feaster - January 17, 2008 11:00 AM UTC
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.