Feaster has no regrets about trade deadline inactivity
CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames quiet trade deadline day was further explained in general manager Jay Feaster’s comments during the end-of-season press conference.
On this year's February 27th deadline, Feaster stated, “We like this group, we believe the answers are still in that room.”
According to Feaster, lack of action on trade deadline was also due to questionable return on investment.
"If the price had been right, if it had been something we were prepared to give up to get a player, to add to the group, we would have,” said Feaster at his press conference on Feb 27.
"At the end of the day, we felt that the prices that we had to do in some of the deals that we were in on, that we were not prepared to do it."
Today, those feelings were echoed and Feaster stuck by decisions made at the deadline.
“We looked at a lot of things on that trade deadline day and there were some that we thought, we might get this done and at the end of the day it does take two teams to get the deal done,” said Feaster.
“We looked at some things and said that’s a price we’re not prepared to pay to do that.”
The Flames' general manager also maintained his position on keeping players in the lineup rather than betting on late picks in the future draft.
“I don’t regret not over paying for anything,” repeated Feaster today, when asked if he regretted his decision to keep the team together through the deadline.
“Moving out a pending free agent and getting a late pick, that’s not something I think helps the hockey team versus what having them in the lineup did.”
The musing that prices did not match what was offered is the same thing Feaster talked about today, as well as other complications.
“Another thing that impacted us at the deadline was the state of our injury situation, our injured guys. From a lot of different perspectives that’s why we were where we were at the trade deadline.”
The Flames currently have six players becoming unrestricted free agents this year which adds further speculation to what will happen in the off-season.