Friedman: Darryl Sutter move ‘considered’ previously
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By Ryan Pike1 year ago
Many within the hockey world were caught a bit off-balance when the Calgary Flames announced the hiring of Darryl Sutter (again) as head coach. Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman had to re-record part of their 31 Thoughts podcast, which allowed Friedman to share some nuggets about Sutter’s return to the fold.
Here’s Friedman on the change:
Well, first of all, we should let everyone know this is not an interim job. Darryl Sutter has been given a three year deal, including this season, which ties him to Brad Treliving, the general manager. They now both have the same term.I think that this is something the Flames have kind of kicked around, the return to Sutter as a coach. And the reason I think that is that in the off-season there was a gap between when they were eliminated and when Geoff Ward was officially hired. And I think that the only person that was potentially going to leap-frog Ward for that job at the time was going to be Darryl Sutter.And I think also last year, when they had to decide what to do after Bill Peters was out, I think the idea of potentially going to Sutter was there, too. So I think it’s something they’ve considered at times. They didn’t do it. And now I think Treliving has looked around and said “Alright, I can’t make a move with the team, but i have to change something because it’s not going very well.” So now he’s gone to a very demanding but very good head coach in Darryl Sutter.
The Flames were eliminated from the post-season by Dallas on Aug. 20. They officially hired Ward as full-time coach on Sept. 14.
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