Though he didn't make a trade on deadline day, Jay Feaster wasn't idle.
Instead, the Calgary Flames
general manager took the opportunity to sign rugged forward Tim Jackman
to a two-year contract despite inquiries on his status from other teams.
"It's a big relief," said Jackman, who will earn $612,500 for each of the next two seasons. "It's good to know that they want me around and that I get to stay in Calgary for two more years. I love playing here, so it's a great honor and I'm excited."
Signing just before the deadline, Jackman admitted he was worried he could be moved before Monday's 3 p.m. ET deadline.
"It was a stressful day," he said. "I had a few phone calls, talking to my agent. I talked to Jay. I finally figured out how everything was going to work out. It was a little stressful, but now we get to get ready for tonight (against St. Louis).
"It is a boost of confidence for me. For one, for them to say that they want me and to keep me around for two years and then the other that teams were interested in me. It feels good and I'm excited about it."
Moving him was a possibility Feaster said, adding Jackman's greater value comes with him wearing a Flames' jersey.
"There were enough teams that were nibbling at that," Feaster said. "Candidly, we didn't feel that anyone offered us something that was of a greater value to us – whether it's now or in the future – compared to his value to us down the stretch."
In the end, Feaster was pleased with his only transaction of the day.
"Getting him signed, we're happy about that. We think it's a good deal for both of us and he's an important guy in that room and a very popular teammate."