Sutter out, Sutter in

Kent Wilson
June 09 2009 10:56AM

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To no one's surprise, Brent Sutter made his departure from the Devil's organization official today. I think we can all agree that his appearing behind the Flames bench in the near future is a fait accompli, yes? The question is: will it be for this coming season or the next? TSN reports that Lamoriello cannot ask for compensation from the Flames under the auspices of this CBA, but is within his rights to refuse to allow Sutter out of his final year (and thus to coach anywhere else this coming season).

I personally find it hard to believe Lucky Lou will stick it to Sutter or the Flames out of spite  or hurt feelings, so there's little doubt in my mind (and in the minds of intelligent others) that Brent will be hired to helm the Flames before the month is out.

If the unlikely happens and the cagey old GM sticks to his guns, expect the elder brother to coach the team in the interim - no point in hiring a guy who would doubtlessly be a lame duck the second he stepped into the building.

Besides his various siblings and close proximity to home, Brent has a number of connections to the Flames organization. He coached Dion Phaneuf during his time as a Junior for the Red Deer Rebels and was likely instrumental in pointing the Flames in his direction on draft day. He also played Dustin Boyd on Canada's top line during the '05 WJC, where the team (of course) won gold. Jim Vandermeer was also a player under Brent in Junior.

The fit in Calgary is such a natural one that I wondered aloud back in March why Brent wasn't the Flames coach instead. Turns out I was just few months early.

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#1 HBomb
June 09 2009, 01:20PM
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Kent,

Not to be an ass, but wasn't Boyd on the 2006 World Junior team that won gold in Vancouver?

2005 was the uber-team during the lockout year. I'm pretty sure Boyd wasn't on that squad, because I've watched that gold medal game on DVD about a dozen times.

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#2 Kent
June 09 2009, 01:35PM
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Ahh, yeah you're right. Good catch.

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#3 Jonathan Willis
June 09 2009, 01:53PM
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I wonder if Lamoriello couldn't extract something from the Flames though - he's not called "Loophole" Lou for nothing.

I'll grant that I have no idea how he would manage it, though.

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#4 HBomb
June 09 2009, 02:19PM
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I could totally see Lamoriello being a total ass about this.

Guy has always struck me as "grouchy".

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#5 Kent
June 09 2009, 02:39PM
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@ Jonathan Willis:

No doubt about it. It's my assumption that Lou will release Brent with a "gentleman's agreement" in place for the Flames to gift them a draft pick or something in the near future.

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#6 Jonathan Willis
June 09 2009, 06:32PM
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I guess it's not to be. From Matheson's column:

Sutter will not be joining brother Darryl in Calgary. The Flames have been looking for a new coach since Mike Keenan was fired, and speculation was rampant that Brent would take the opportunity to join forces with Darryl, the Flames’ general manager. Instead, Darryl will likely handle both duties.
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#7 RossCreek
June 10 2009, 06:17PM
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Perhaps the Flames could send Cammalleri's rights to the Devils as a favour.

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