In response to Bookboy007's comment:
This is the best line in Jay Feaster's bio on Wikipedia: "Though he had no background in hockey, Feaster preferred working with the hockey team, and quickly joined the organization as the assistant to the team's president..."
No. Background. In. Hockey.
Now, he was the GM of record for the Lightning's only cup win, but how much credit can you give the guy? He was assistant to Demers and Dudley, but only took the reins in 2002. Here's the guys who were already in place in 2002: Richards, Lecavalier, St.Louis, Prospal, Andreychuk, Kubina, Modin, Boyle, Khabibulin, Afanasenkov, Tim Taylor, Sarich, Dingman. He added Sydor, Fedotenko and Stillman. Stillman was their second-leading scorer in the regular season, but had only 7 points in the Cup run. Sydor had less impact than Kaberle had for Boston. Fedotenko was good that playoffs with 12 goals. 1 of 3. Tortorella was already hired. What exactly did Feaster do to get credit here? And in his tenure, they drafted 4 guys who would pay 200+ NHL games. Most are marginal at best - Tarnasky, Lundin, Paul Ranger. The exception was when they had completely crapped out from Cup team to worst team in hockey. Then they got Stamkos. (If you give PC credit for Kessel, Marchand and Lucic, he also has 4 - Seguin's the other. He might end up with more if any of the prospects develop. Feaster's prospects are pretty much timed out by now.)
Why did Calgary hire this guy?!?!? As bad as they were after the Phaneuf deal, he has managed to find ways to make them worse. How? I...I...I just don't know.
The way this guy scorches the earth for franchises, the Feaster Famine will be a known term soon. Regier looks like Bowman next to him. And like Trotz, the longer you're someplace, the more you can get out of "what have you done for me lately?" territory and into "bird in the hand." That is, if you have a guy who built a Cup finalist and a few other teams that have gone deep, all on a budget, you might keep him rather than risk hiring the next Jay Feaster.
Are you not entertained?!?!
Two mistakes in the past year were alarming to me. One was the Ryan O'Reilly offer sheet, which was later exposed for having overlooked a basic rule where O'Reilly would have had to clear waivers before joing the Flames, where he would have undoubtedly been picked up by another team. This would happen afterthe Flames sent a bounty to the Avs for the offer sheet. It would have been an unprecedented screwup for a GM in any sport.
Then there's the Iginla trade, where Feaster didn't even seem capable of saving face, after admitting openly to the press that the best offer on the table was refused so that his player (who had already provided a list of accpetable teams!) could chose which location was preferable. A perfect example of inept, even unethical, management when your loyalty is supposed to lie with your employer and any trade should be based solely on the best return for that employer. Why would any GM ever grant a player final veto power over an organizational move, after waiving the NMC and providing a list of acceptable destinations?
Both seem unforgivable to me. Add that to the general track record you describe, and yeah, he's the worst GM in the league.
I like the "Feaster famine". Good stuff. I'll also admit that I laughed at "Alberta's babbling brook" yesterday though...sorry. I've never seen Sandog weave such a poetic limerick...