Most figured Jay Feaster was a goner as Calgary Flames GM the minute Brian Burke arrived to guide the ship, but the timing last week to dismiss Feaster still came abruptly.
But after a 60-plus-day evaluation of Feaster's drafting and trading, Burke decided the time was now.
"I'm not patient. I was born impatient. I'm going to die impatient," he said. With Buffalo also looking for a GM, Burke said "time could be of vital essence here" in case there is overlapping of candidates.
Joe Nieuwendyk and Claude Loiselle are considered candidates.
Burke said the move was to accelerate the rebuild and "is all about having a parade." He said the Flames aren't big enough or "hostile enough."
"I don't like playing flag football. I like teams that bang. I don't like the way we play. We want black-and-blue hockey here," Burke said.