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Flames Announce GM Feaster, Asst. GM Weisbrod Relieved of Duties

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General Manager Jay Feaster and Assistant GM John Weisbrod have been let go by the Flames. President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. MT/1 p.m. ET.

Bruce Bennett

Well, it finally happened.

The Flames announced this morning/afternoon that GM Jay Feaster and Assistant GM John Weisbrod have been let go less than two weeks before Christmas.

The timing of this move is what strikes most people as odd. With the Flames currently sitting in 13th place in the Western Conference, Feaster was largely thought to be a sitting duck GM who may be fired later in the season, likely before the end of the season. The firing of Assistant GM John Weisbrod has also come as a surprise to many, although if Brian Burke or another general manager is coming in it's understandable that they would want to bring the own assistant(s) to the job with them.

Feaster joined the team in the summer of 2010 as assistant to then GM Darryl Sutter, who resigned was let go by the team in December of that year, when Feaster then took the reigns. Weisbrod was named Assistant GM in the summer of 2011, and has been largely responsible for scouting American and NCAA players for the Flames.

President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. MT/1 p.m. ET, where it is already being speculated that he will take over as general manager of the team.

The Flames also take on the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at the 'Dome.

More on this story later this afternoon after the presser, which I'm assuming can be seen on the Flames' website and probably heard on The Fan 960.