If a team’s success or failure is solely based on whether they make or miss the playoffs then the Calgary Flames season was a definite failure as they finished in 10th place in the Western Conference.
But that’s not to say there weren’t bright spots to the Flames season and on Monday arguably the teams two biggest were front and center as forward Curtis Glencross was resigned and Jay Feaster was given the reigns as the team’s general manager – removing the interm title.
Feaster, who was signed last season as the team’s assistant general manager, replaced Darryl Sutter as the interm GM on December 28th and it seemed the Flames caught fire as soon as he was promoted. They went 25-10-9 with Feaster at the helm, a significant improvement from the 16-18-3 record that the team started the 2010-2011 season with.
“We were very pleased to see the progress of the team under Jay's direction in the second half of the season, and we are excited to secure Jay to guide the future of this club,” Flames president and CEO Ken King told the Sports Network.
While his success with control of Calgary last year is worth noting, he’s most known for his tenure as GM with the Tampa Bay Lightning, leading them to the Stanley Cup in 2003-2004 where they ironically beat the Flames in seven games.
As for Curtis Glencross, the 28-year-old forward was resigned for four years $10.2 million, an average of $2.55 million per season. He had a career high in goals (24) and points (43) in 79 games playing at points on the Flames first and second line.
“I'm excited," he told CalgaryFlames.com. “I wanted to stay in Calgary and stay in the organization. It's a relief to get it out of the way.”
Glencross is the first Flame to be resigned and Jay Feaster will now have to make decisions with regards to veterans Alex Tanguay, Fredrik Modin, Brendan Morrison and Steve Staios among others.