End nears for Feaster
WHERE'S FEASTER?: Absent from the team's official player announcements has been general manager Jay Feaster. With Brian Lawton, vice president of hockey operations, handling most contract negotiations and owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie completing a three-headed brain trust for personnel issues, Feaster's duties are diminished. An upcoming meeting with ownership could determine his duties with the team.
Anybody else wondering what happened to Tampa GM Jay Feaster? A lot has been going on and he has been nowhere to be seen. The whisper amongst NHL executives is he has three years left on his contract, is on the verge of being fired and will likely get a buyout from the Bolts.His team finished dead last in the NHL last season and a new, freewheeling ownership group has come in. Any GM, in any sport, is very vulnerable in that situation.
The biggest issue for owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie is likely the buyout, as they'd have to throw a pretty nice chunk of change at Feaster for him to walk away.
The alternative, however, stinks to high heaven, as we have various other staffers — and Barrie himself — taking over the GM duties as Feaster slinks into the background. The best-case scenario here is that Feaster finds employment elsewhere — perhaps back with the Flyers organization — and extricates himself from this mess.
Blogger Mike Chen says he's likely "collecting a nice check while sitting in an air-conditioned office watching reruns of The Surreal Life on Tivo," which is a good gig if you can get it.