So because Sutter was so hated we could not wait to have him gone. It was obvious that a whole serious of wrong turns accumulated in his firing. The Jokinen trade for Kotalik, the Stajan deal etc. We all know where he went wrong and we assume that Feaster can see the issues and correct them.
It's being made clear to fans that Feaster is actually of Sutter's mindset.
What did we dislike about Sutter? We disliked his recent trades. We disliked his draft record. In very short order we are going to wake up and realize that we may actually be worse off with Feaster.
Let's start with his draft history. When you look at it he drafted Stamkos with the first over all pick. This pick was incredibly simple really, they had the "got Stamkos" signs up a month before the draft. Aside from that who has he drafted? I'll tell you, in six years almost no one. A couple fringe players.
Henrich, Egener, Tobin, Hulenius... Never heard of them? Me neither. All Feaster first or second picks.
How about trades?
Shane o'Brien for the 16th overall pick anyone?? It's almost as appalling as Brad Richards and Johan Holmqvist to Dallas for Mike Smith, Jeff Halpern and Jussi Jokinen and a 4th round pick. Mike Smith was relegated to the minors yesterday. Why did they need smith? Because Feaster was paying too much to other guys and didn't have enough in the kitty for Khabibulin.
Feaster did pull a couple decent deals to be fair. The Sydor trade was a win and the Fedotenko deal was alright given how he played in 04.
So what did we learn about Feaster in Tampa that will translate into his time in Calgary?
Poor asset management
Poor draft record
Below average trade record (sound Sutter-esque?)
...But one cup.
Feaster is stating he will not trade "core" players but the reality is he has to. At least one. In my opinion Regehr. Why? He's more replaceable than Giordano, Iginla, and Bouwmeester. Simple. He's a good experienced player that is replaceable. Don't expect a first for him either, likely just a second and if we are lucky an average prospect.
Eric Francis made a comment on CBC and I've heard it elsewhere about what the flames have committed next year in Salary. While they are paying a large amount it is looking more and more like Langkow's career is over and that 4 million will probably not count against the cap. Shedding a Regeher might open as much as 8 million plus in cap room given this scenario and might be the reason Feaster wants one more year to take a stab at it.