December 12: Show In Review
Dave and Jeff O’Neill break down the Jay Feaster firing with Bob McKenzie, Eric Duhatschek and Brian Burke.
5:00 – BOB McKENZIE, TSN Hockey Insider
Bob McKenzie speaks about the firing of Flames’ GM Jay Feaster and its timing. He suggests Calgary’s blunder with Ryan O’Reilly and the Jarome Iginla trade may have damaged Feaster’s credibility. He looks at the Flames’ prospects and suggests a familiar name could be the front runner to be Calgary’s new GM as well as other candidates and more.
5:15 – DARREN ROVELL, ESPN Business Reporter
Darren Rovell speaks about the idea of paying college players and what Johnny Manziel should be making. He suggests options that could help generate more revenue and believes players should be allowed to market themselves. He also talks about the Air Canada Centre’s new designated driver program and chicken fried steak.
5:30 – TIM GRAHAM The Buffalo News
Tim Graham speaks about the Buffalo Bills and why fans continue to be optimistic despite their poor record. He talks about the Miami Dolphins and the future of GM Jeff Ireland and coach Joe Philbin after the Richie Incognito fiasco. Will Robert Griffin III have a say in potentially choosing the Redskins’ next coach and can owners be their own detriment?
6:00 – BRIAN BURKE, President of Hockey Operations Calgary Flames
Calgary Flames President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke joined the program to talk about the decision to fire GM Jay Feaster. When hired right before training camp, Burke said it would take two months to prepare a full report on the franchise. In the middle of November Burke submitted that report and recommended that Feaster be fired. Feaster did a great job setting the Flames up to succeed, but had a few philosophical differences with Burke. The new GM, who may or may not have experience, will share the same hockey philosophies as Burke. Every contending team in the league now is a "big" team that plays "Black and Blue" hockey. The Flames will take the shape of that type of team. There is no timetable for the GM hire, as it will depend on who they receive permission to talk with. Regardless of who the new GM is, look for Calgary to move some players at the trade deadline to acquire some assets. Unlike when he took over the Maple Leafs, the Flames aren't saddled with bloated long-term contracts, and will look to bring on players through trades and the draft.
6:30 – ERIC DUHATSCHEK, The Globe & Mail
Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail joined the program to talk about the Jay Feaster firing in Calgary. Basically the decision came down to philosophical differences between Brian Burke and Feaster and the writing was on the wall. Burke believes the Flames are too small and need to play a "Black and Blue" type of hockey, and since he's the President of Operations, the decision is ultimately his. This could mean that impending free agent Mike Cammalleri, a smaller player, could be moved. Duhatschek also discussed the Canadian National Women's Hockey Team coach Dan Church's surprising decision to resign from his post. It was an emotional decision for Church, but one he felt he had to make due to philosophical differences within the program. It had reached the point where Church felt he was an impediment to the team. The veteran Globe and Mail reporter also answered the question "What makes the St Louis Blues so good?"
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