May 26 2009 01:33PM
Up North in Edmonton, big changes were announced today with the hiring of Pat Quinn and Tom Renney. Here in Calgary, not so much.
GM Darryl Sutter made himself available to the Calgary media Tuesday and while he did address Friday’s firing of Mike Keenan, there was no news about the identity of a new coach. Asked when such an announcement might be made, Sutter merely replied: “We work on our schedule, not the media’s.”
While he pointed out that some of the better coaching candidates are still under contract to other NHL clubs until July 1, Sutter is also talking very openly about the possibility of returning behind the bench himself. That option seemed like a pretty good bet all along and Tuesday’s comments only reinforces that belief.
In other news, former head coach and associate coach Jim Playfair has been offered the coaching job with the Flames’ newly relocated farm club in Abbotsford, B.C. The other members of the staff are still under evaluation according to Sutter.