Darryl Sutter stepped down as GM of the Calgary Flames Tuesday morning and assistant GM Jay Feaster will take over in the interim.
The Flames made the announcement just as the players took to the ice for practice.
“Darryl has performed valuable service to the Calgary Flames organization for eight years,” said president Ken King. “He was the leader that ignited a renaissance of Flames hockey, moving us from a non-playoff team to an organization that was viewed as a respected and popular contender each year.
“We thank Darryl for his leadership and his important contributions to re-establishing the Calgary Flames as a model franchise. As we enter the next phase of our growth in the NHL, we are restructuring our leadership and processes. We are pleased that Darryl has agreed to assist in an orderly transition and will provide his valuable guidance in the process. He remains dedicated to the success of the team he worked so hard to build
“We will move forward under a new administration with Jay leading our hockey operations as Acting General Manager,” said King. “For the remainder of this season, Jay will be provided the opportunity to evaluate the team from the GM’s chair and build a long term plan. We believe that while we continue to compete for a playoff position this season, this period will provide both the organization and Jay time to decide on critical future decisions.”
Sutter had an incredible start to his tenure, taking the reins in the summer of 2003 and guiding the team as both GM and head coach to the Stanley Cup final in 2004.
However, it’s been a tumultuous past year, with the team failing to make the 2010 playoffs and currently sitting 14th in the Western Conference.
Feaster joined the Flames organization on in July. He was GM of the Stanley Cup winning Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.