Breaking News: Darryl Sutter Steps Down as Flames GM
TSN is reporting that Darryl Sutter has stepped down as the Calgary Flames executive Vice President and General Manager, after seven years with the organization.
Assistant GM and former manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning Jay Feaster will take over his duties on an interim basis, effective immediately.
More on this story as it develops.
Jay Feaster has been appointed Acting General Manager and will assume full and complete responsibilities for day-to-day hockey operations.
"Darryl has performed valuable service to the Calgary Flames organization for 8 years," said Flames President & CEO Ken King in a statement. "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".
The Flames are struggling along with a 16-18-3 record and sit 14th in the Western Conference entering play on Tuesday.
"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."
Feaster joined the Flames this past July as Assistant general manager. He previously served as GM in Tampa Bay and helped lead the Lightning to their lone Stanley Cup title in franchise history in 2004.