Flames GM feeling the heat

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:48 PM ET

WASHINGTON 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 teams future.

Since its looking less likely each day that the Flames will make the playoffs, Feaster will have to start rebuilding the roster. Hes going to have some big decisions to make in the next six weeks.

He cant just sit back and do nothing with the season slipping away, said one NHL insider. Hes 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 clubs 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 hes willing to be dealt. Thats not going to happen anytime in the foreseeable future.

Kiprusoff wont 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. Hed 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.

AROUND THE BOARDS

Former Senators G Ray Emery, who led the club to the Stanley Cup final in 2007, has been working hard to come back from hip surgery and is now skating with the OHLs Brampton Batallion. After spending last season with the Flyers, Emery has been working with personal trainer Matt Nichol and was joined by goalie coach Eli Wilson last week in Brampton. Hes looked good and hes really working hard to get back, said Emerys agent, J.P. Barry. Before returning to the NHL, Emery is preparing for a stop in the AHL and is looking for a 25-game professional tryout ... My top candidate for coach of the year: Atlantas Craig Ramsay. He has done a standout job in his first season with the club ... An NHL executive on Mississauga St. Michaels Majors and Team Canada junior coach Dave Cameron, who is supposedly the top candidate to take over from Cory Clouston next season in Ottawa: Hes a good junior coach hes not ready for prime time. The world juniors showed that.

Have a nice Sunday.

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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