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08:34 AM ET 04.06 | Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster was roasted earlier this week for saying his team would arrive at training camp next season with a make-the-playoffs mentality, with many media members and fans wondering aloud if they would abandon their youth movement in an attempt to squeeze into the post-season. Not gonna happen. At least, not on Feaster's watch. "It isn't about let's go do whatever we have to do, the way we've been doing it in the past, in terms of trading away draft picks and signing veteran free agents, to make the playoffs next year," Feaster told the Calgary Sun in a candid interview prior to Friday night's road meeting with the San Jose Sharks.

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April 6, 2013  08:44 AM ET

Does anyone not have a make-the-playoffs mentality at the start of camp?

April 6, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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Does anyone not have a make-the-playoffs mentality at the start of camp?

Apparently Calgary won't....

April 6, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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Apparently Calgary won't....

Apparently they usually do.

April 6, 2013  09:43 AM ET

what a moron. easily top 3 in the league...and that says alot.

April 6, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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what a moron. easily top 3 in the league...and that says alot.

We can hear Edmonton laughing all the way over in B.C.

April 6, 2013  10:45 AM ET

The word 'air' right next to his head.

April 6, 2013  10:51 AM ET
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The word 'air' right next to his head.

It'd be more appropriate if they sponsored by Fatburger.

April 6, 2013  10:52 AM ET
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Does anyone not have a make-the-playoffs mentality at the start of camp?

With Iggy and Kipper gone, everything's changed in Calgary. The only thing that will remain the same is Feaster's route to the buffet.

April 6, 2013  10:54 AM ET
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With Iggy and Kipper gone, everything's changed in Calgary. The only thing that will remain the same is Feaster's route to the buffet.

Did I miss something Roamer?

April 6, 2013  11:07 AM ET
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Did I miss something Roamer?

Kipper's retiring at the end of this season. You could say he's Finnished in Calgary.

April 6, 2013  11:12 AM ET
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Kipper's retiring at the end of this season. You could say he's Finnished in Calgary.

I see. :-)

So it's the beginning of the Joey McDonald era?

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April 6, 2013  11:56 AM ET
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The leagues new joke........**** Feaster, you make Burke look like a genius.

At least Jay's not a dick about it.

April 6, 2013  02:10 PM ET
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The leagues new joke........**** Feaster, you make Burke look like a genius.

Motherfeaster?

April 6, 2013  02:39 PM ET
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Flames fans deserve better.

The Saddledome is nicknamed The Mausoleum around the league because the fans are often so quiet. Most times you can hear a pin drop in that arena. An NHL player once told me 7,000 fans at a Panthers game when they're losing make more noise than a sold-out crowd in Calgary. What's with that?

April 6, 2013  02:42 PM ET
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Kipper's retiring at the end of this season. You could say he's Finnished in Calgary.

I get it!!!!

April 6, 2013  03:23 PM ET
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The Saddledome is nicknamed The Mausoleum around the league because the fans are often so quiet. Most times you can hear a pin drop in that arena. An NHL player once told me 7,000 fans at a Panthers game when they're losing make more noise than a sold-out crowd in Calgary. What's with that?

Doesn't much matter how committed a fan you are, it's very hard to cheer when there's nothing to cheer about. Canadian fans live and breathe hockey. They know their stuff. Flames fans have known that 'the end is near' for their team for several years. They still support them, as evidenced by the good attendance, they just don't feel much like cheering right now. And, you can't blame them for that.

 
April 6, 2013  03:29 PM ET
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The Saddledome is nicknamed The Mausoleum around the league because the fans are often so quiet. Most times you can hear a pin drop in that arena. An NHL player once told me 7,000 fans at a Panthers game when they're losing make more noise than a sold-out crowd in Calgary. What's with that?

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