Jay Feaster. The man who won the Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The man who dismantled Tampa Bay’s Cup winning team. The man who is now, in a bizarre turn of fate, our GM for the time being. I mentioned in the Darryl Sutter piece yesterday that Jay Feaster is "a largely unknown quantity despite several years as GM for the Tampa Bay Lightning" as well as numerous articles written for The Hockey News. And as strange as that may seem, it’s true.
Jay Feaster got his start as the assistant to the president of the Hershey Bears back in 1990, after having worked with the team as a consulting lawyer (his JD is from Georgetown; if nothing else, we know he’s intelligent). Not long after he became the GM for the team (http://flames.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=534055), led them to a few division titles and a Calder Cup in 1997. One year later he’s with the Tampa Bay Lightning as the Assistant GM, working for Jacques Demers and then Rick Dudley on the contractual and legal parts of the business (something Darryl Sutter never had a firm grasp on) until both had departed, leaving Feaster as the GM in February of 2002. And this is where the mystery begins.
To TBL: Chris Dingman, Shane Willis
To CAR: Kevin Weekes
To TBL: Darryl Sydor, 4th round pick (Mike Lundin)
To CBJ: Alex Svitov, 3rd round pick (Andrei Plekhanov)
To TBL: Vaclav Prospal
To ANA: 2nd Round Pick (Brendan Mikkelson, bizarrely enough)
To TBL: Marc Denis
To CBJ: Fredrik Modin, Fredrik Norrena
To TBL: Shane O’brien, 3rd round pick (Luca Cunti)
To ANA: Gerald Coleman, 1st round pick (Wild: Colton Gillies)
To PHI: Vaclav Prospal (expiring contract)
To TBL: Alexandre Picard (D), conditional 2nd round pick (converted when PHI made 2008 conference finals) (Richard Panik)
Clearly, in retrospect at least, none of these trades were entirely unfair to the Lightning; if anything, most of them favored the Lightning (Svitov for Sydor especially). But what about the two big trades? The ones Jay Feaster is rightly or wrongly remembered for? Dan Boyle and Brad Richards? Well, it’s not pretty.