Flames GM feeling the heat

The pressure is on Jay Feaster to make changes before the trade deadline.

While most observers expect the Calgary Flames’ interim GM to take on a full-time role next summer, that is not guaranteed. Feaster has to show by the deadline that he has a plan for the team’s future.Since it’s looking less likely each day that the Flames will make the playoffs, Feaster will have to start rebuilding the roster. He’s going to have some big decisions to make in the next six weeks.

“He can’t just sit back and do nothing with the season slipping away,” said one NHL insider. “He’s an interim GM. He has some proving to do.”

That could mean Feaster is forced to deal part of Flames’ core to get the team back on track. The club’s three longest-serving players — RW Jarome Iginla, G Miikka Kiprusoff and D Robin Regehr — are major components of that core.

The only way Iginla goes anywhere is if the captain tells Feaster he’s willing to be dealt. That’s not going to happen anytime in the foreseeable future.

Kiprusoff won’t be traded either. That means Regehr, who has a no-movement clause in his contract, could be the player other teams target at the deadline. He’d be an attractive option because lots of teams are looking for blueliners.

The 30-year-old has a cap hit of $4.02 million (all terms US) for each of the next two seasons. Not all teams could take on that kind of salary, but some can afford Regehr and might want to make a move. He is definitely a player to watch on the trade front.


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