Fuck, the moment we go on vacation Darryl gets fired. Too funny.
We aren't here to hate on the man now that he is gone. Darryl should have been fired, at the very least, at the end of last season, if not at the end of the season before. That's not on Darryl, that is on Ken King and Murray Edwards.
Darryl did a lot for this franchise, bringing back its legitimacy, both in the local market and across the league. He took the team from being a 70 point one to a 90 point one. We thank him for that, and we will always thank the man for reigniting the fan base with the magical Cup run of 2003-2004.
But the man went crazy. He was like one of those Chinese Emperors who drank mercury and lost his mind. Kotalik? Stajan? Ivanans? And that's just this year. That is us not even talking about Keenan or Joseph or Marchment or all the traded draft picks.
He had to go, but at the end of the day, he wasn't the only one who has to go. His brother continues to bench rookies, even though the team is last place. Ken King, the link between the owners and Darryl, still has a job, probably because Darryl doesn't right now. King gave Darryl the cover to do what he wanted, so he has blood on his hands, too. The owners, at the end of the day, kept the man in power too long, which has set this franchise back at least two years. So they have some blame for this as well.
Jay Feaster is a terrible person to have running the team. The owners cheaped out when they hired him, and if they keep him in the position it is most certainly because they are cheaping out again. Feaster didn't build the team in Tampa that won the cup, because none of the key players on that team were acquired by him. He is an idiot who has a worse draft record than Darryl.
This team needs someone serious to come in. Bob Gainey, that sort of thing.
The question is whether Feaster has a mandate from ownership to make the playoffs this year. Will Feaster go out and make a panic trade at the deadline to grasp eighth? We hope not.
From the release:
“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.”
Fuck no. They think they are still competing for a playoff position? Hopefully that's a lie. The other shit, about how Feaster is going to build the long term plan, ect. suggests that they may hire the guy. Fuck, that would be a terrible move. Feaster thought Mike Smith was a legit goalie for Aunt Jemima's sake!
We think this story deserves some thought, but right now, to be honest, we want to go skating.
Oh yeah, while we are firing people, how about we fire Stajan?
Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.