Cory Sarich has fond memories of his time in Tampa Bay with Jay Feaster as GM.
That 2004 Stanley Cup title ranks No. 1, but the way Feaster would celebrate wins with the team is another.
“I’ve seen some pretty big celebrations in the dressing room and hope the guys get to witness a few around here,” Sarich said of the acting GM.
“I don’t want to give too much away, but they’re enjoyable.”
Guilty as charged, Feaster said, who admitted being as emotional and passionate as a fan, and showing it by throwing his arms in the air and yelling out a big “Yeah.”
“It never failed to produce a smile, and as we went through our run — it really started in the playoffs in ’03 — in ’04, it kinda took on a life of its own,” he said.
“There were times even after a big win in the regular season, if I wouldn’t go in, they’d say, ‘What’s going on? Why didn’t you come in?’
“So, it got to the point even Torts (John Tortorella) would wait for it. So I’d go in, hoot and holler and throw my arms in the air, and it even put a smile on his face.
“I always knew it was working as that release. It was cathartic and something that loosened the team. If Cory remembers it to this day, it had some impact.”
Sarich said Feaster will allow the team to have fun, but does have a serious side.
“A smart guy. He’ll be pretty calculated with everything he does,” Sarich said.
“He’s going to do what he has to do to get the team where he wants it to be.”