Darryl Sutter is stepping down as executive vice president and general manager of the Calgary Flames, the team announced Tuesday.
Jay Feaster, who led the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup in 2004 as GM and had been Sutter's assistant since July, was appointed acting general manager and will assume full and complete responsibilities for day-to-day hockey operations.
"Darryl has performed valuable service to the Calgary Flames organization for eight years," Flames President and CEO Ken King said. "He was the leader that ignited a renaissance of Flames hockey, moving us from a non-playoff team to an organization that was viewed as a respected and popular contender each year. We thank Darryl for his leadership and his important contributions to re-establishing the Calgary Flames as a model franchise. As we enter the next phase of our growth in the NHL, we are restructuring our leadership and processes. We are pleased that Darryl has agreed to assist in an orderly transition and will provide his valuable guidance in the process. He remains dedicated to the success of the team he worked so hard to build
"We will move forward under a new administration with Jay leading our hockey operations as Acting General Manager. 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."
Calgary entered Tuesday with a 16-18-3 record, sitting 14th in the Western Conference and six points out of a playoff berth.
Feaster joined the Flames organization on July 8, 2010. His managerial career includes the Stanley Cup title with Tampa Bay in 2004 and a Calder Cup Championship as the President of the Hershey Bears (American Hockey League) in 1997.