Jay Feaster makes Scott Howson look like a genius. And that's no small feat!
I'm an Oilers fan so obviously I love to kick the Flames when they are down. Impossible for Feaster to get a good return for Iginla when he only had one team to negotiate with. Feaster and Chirelli agreed on a deal conditional on Iginla waiving his NTC. Iginla said no I want to go to Pittsburgh
It's funny reading all these posts about how it was an awful deal for the Flames, that they didn't get enough or got ripped off. What the hell did fans here expect? Does no one pay attention to history here at all?
I said the same thing awhile ago when all this discussion started. Take a look at what rental players go for and the offers being suggested on the boards were ridiculous. We see this every time a star rental is dealt. It's not surprising or a rip off etc for the Flames here - this is the going rate for an aging veteran rental player in the NHL.
I said it in those discussions that Flames fans would be disappointed with the return that Iginla gets. He wasn't going to bring back a Bennett type player (which was being discussed at the time), or when talking about the Canucks (yes, he was NEVER going to be dealt to the Canucks) he wasn't going to return a Hansen type +. These type of assets never go for such players. Iginla got the return that you should expect for rentals like him - a 1st rounder which is obvious, and a couple of mid-range to decent prospects. This is what we see all the time. It shouldn't be a surprise.
The Flames got rental value for Iginla. Pittsburgh paid the expected rental price for him. Every single season I say the same thing on these boards when rental players come up, and every time such players get dealt fans talk about how it's a bad deal, they got ripped off, etc.
How many more players and more seasons of seeing rentals get moved before fans realize what rental value is?
If this is the case, this makes me want Feaster gone more than anything. If anything, this makes him lose any respect he had remaining (if any at all). This is not how you negotiate with business partners - the idea is you keep them informed and not take the rug from under their feet at any given moment.
So Feaster is a hack for not holding out longer, but also for creating the illusion of a bidding war.. ...get a clue. Boston and Calgary are not business partners. They are competitors.
Don't understand why Feaster has to make the trade a week before the deadline. If he hold on longer would he get more in return for Iginla? Teams tend to get desperate when it get closer to the deadline.
And this is the take of this trade from Puck Daddy:
"Feasterís getting roasted like a suckling pig for this return for Iginla."