I am both a fan of the leafs and the flames and think that the Flames should explore a potential GM change and i think that Brian Burke is exactly what the flames need. I'm starting to question if Feaster even watches the games. What do you fellow flames fans think?
Yes but this mess isn't all Feaster's fault. As much as I want him gone he had little to work with. The owners mandated he try to win so he couldn't sell off assets. Sutter had handed out 1000 NTC/NMC so he has a limited market with every player. He also had to shed salary from the Jokinen Kotalik debacle. All of this and he only had a mediocre team to start with. I liked his signings so far and his drafting but I don't think he is the guy to be doing the selling of assets. I say bring in Burke but keep Feaster on if possible.
Burke wouldn't join a franchise were the owners (Edwards) can't stop meddling with how things are run. When he joined the Leafs, he made sure to clarify the level of autonomy he would receive - his contract stipulated he wouldn't answer to anyone except Richard Peddie (the CEO) and no one was allowed to dictate the moves he wished to make.
But anybody would be better than Jay "what's negotiate mean" Feaster.
Leafs fan here and I come in peace (just wanted to see what you thought the value of Kippi was until I saw this thread).
Burke is the reason the Leafs are in 6th place right now. He is the reason we have our best forward (drafted Kadri) and our best defenceman (traded Ian White for Phaneuf).
Of course he is judged mostly on the Kessel trade but the main reason for the failure of that trade was that he overestimated Toskala. If performed at least as well as a NHL back up goalie, the leafs would not have finished 2nd last that year (which led to the Bs drafting Seguin).
The Leafs are currently one of the youngest teams and will only be better in the next couple of years. Also our cap situation is perfect, as we have more than enough room this offseason even with the cap going down.
I will offer my theory that there are only a handful of truly good GMs in the league. The rest are who-you-know fringe hockey people who may or may not gain years if experience and become good, and bizarre right-place-at-right-time people like Feaster.