The Calgary Flames fired GM Jay Feaster Thursday morning, much to the delight of the Alberta faithful, and it didn't take long for the conversation to turn toward one of those old Calgar/Dallas connections.
Word leaked in April about the Dallas Stars going after Jim Nill before Joe Nieuwendyk had even been rumored to have been in danger of losing his job. Today the shoe is on the other foot as TSN's Darren Dreger reports that the Calgary Flames have already been granted permission to speak with Nieuwendyk hot on the heels of Jay Feaster's departure earlier today.
Sources say Dallas has granted Calgary permission to speak with Joe Nieuwendyk. #TSN— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) December 12, 2013
Brian Burke was announced as their interim GM this morning but was adamant he wouldn't be doing the job for long.
A long time Calgary Flame before his time with Dallas, there would be that nostalgia factor and (maybe not universal...) fan acceptance from the get-go, so it could be an attractive option for them on multiple levels, but they really are in an "anyone but the other guy" situation after a series of questionable decisions over the years (see the near Ryan O'Reilly/waiver blunder...).
As we watch Kari Lehtonen stand on his head and Alex Chiasson, Brenden Dillon, Jamie Oleksiak and Antoine Roussel work, we know that Joe Nieuwendyk can help the Flames rebuild. Craig Custance remarked earlier today that GM experience wasn't necessary for a replacement, but rather an eye for drafting and talent evaluation.
Joe Nieuwendyk has that. We wish him good luck in getting the job, and, that as a Western Conference opponent, he doesn't do too terribly well at it... ;)
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