PRESS BOX: Flames shake up front office

The Sports Xchange
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The Calgary Flames fired general manager Jay Feaster and assistant GM John Weisbrod on Thursday.
Brian Burke, the team's president of hockey operations, announced the firings and will act as interim general manager until a replacement is hired.
The Flames failed to make the playoffs in the three years Feaster was with the team and have started this year with an 11-15-4 record, 13th in the Western Conference.
Feaster joined the Flames in June 2010 as assistant general manager. He was named acting general manager on Dec. 28, 2010, and on May 16, 2011, was named the general manager of the team. He won the Stanley Cup as the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004.

--The Carolina Hurricanes activated forward Alexander Semin from injured reserve on Thursday.
The 29-year-old veteran missed 12 games after he suffered a concussion on Nov. 16 in a game against the St. Louis Blues on a high hit from Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo.
When Semin was injured, he was second on the team this season with nine points and tied for the team lead in assists with six.

When NASCAR announced two weeks ago that it purchased Iowa Speedway, one of the big questions was who would be the new president. That question was answered on Thursday when 28-year-old Jimmy Small was named to take over at the track.
Small, a native of suburban Detroit, spent the last six years working for the sanctioning body in various capacities, most recently as senior manager for team marketing services within the NASCAR Industry Services department. He served as the business and marketing liaison with teams and drivers in all three national series. Before that, he coordinated NASCAR event weekends with tracks, television partners and teams.
The 2014 slate of NASCAR race weekends at Iowa Speedway has already been set and does not include a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. This will not change, and the possibility of the Speedway being added to the premier series' schedule in 2015 is slim as Small and his staff focus on providing the best at-track experience and putting on the best show for fans of NASCAR's other national series -- the NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

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