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What Brent Sutter Brings

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

The Sutter colonization of Calgary continues. Brent Sutter, to no one’s faint-dead-away surprise, will be unveiled today as the new head coach of the Flames.

The intrinsic qualities he’ll bring to the job sound eerily familiar. Stylistically, your thoughts drift back to those hard but prosperous days before Mike Keenan or Jim Playfair held the reins.

“I know he demands a lot of his players,’’ says New Jersey Devils’ checking centreman John Madden, speaking on his cellphone from New Jersey. “A lot.

“He’s not afraid to call out individuals, in private, in the room or in the front of the press. So a lot depends on your personnel. If you’ve got players who are soft, easily hurt, who take things personally instead of objectively, there’s certainly the potential for problems. If you’ve got the kind of personnel who, when he says something, it sticks, who are receptive, not sensitive, then things are going to run a lot smoother.

“He’s very clear about what he expects of people.’’

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Still No Coach In Calgary

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Although it seems a year, only a month has passed since Keenan paid for the sins of the many. Since the three-day-late media conference to address his dismissal, in which Sutter only half-joked he was, at that moment, the best replacement candidate, not a peep of comment from down Olympic Way.

Sutter’s Bonded Plumbing Service has ensured no leaks.

Which, naturally enough, has precipitated a flood of rumours. Most wild, a few wilder. One making the rounds had Sutter waiting until reaching Montreal to name the new coach, far from the prying eyes of the local camera-toters and scribblers and in keeping with his sense of humour.

Another insisted the GM had, as hinted at, taken over himself and just didn’t feel like putting out a release. Rumours then surfaced that someone had spotted Montreal Canadiens ex-coach Guy Carbonneau furtively entering and exiting the Pengrowth Saddledome wearing a skull cap and moustache, disguised as Bearcat Murray.

Well, there’s been no shortage of scuttlebutt.

The man still considered odds-on-favourite for the job, Brent Sutter, would rather talk about the appalling lack of precipitation up northwest a spell than the lack of news being surreptitiously filtered out of the Saddledome.

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added 1:03pm, from TSN,

Sources tell TSN that Brent Sutter is in the final stages on the details of an agreement to become the next head coach of the Calgary Flames.

He is expected to be named in the near future.

Should Sutter be named the new bench boss in Calgary, it would be due to New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello giving the club permission to speak with him, as Sutter owes the Devils a year on his contract.

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NHLPA In The Dark Regading Talk Of Winter Classic Game In Calgary

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

While there have been preliminary discussions about the possibility of an outdoor game, January 1 in Calgary between the NHL and Calgary officials, the National Hockey League Players Association says it’s unaware of the planned doubleheader.

‘‘This is all news to me. We are breaking news, this is an insider moment that Calgary is potentially going to get an outdoor game and this is the first I’ve heard of it,’’ Glenn Healy, the NHLPA’s director of player affairs told TSN.

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Update On The Calgary Winter Classic

from 770CHQR,

Will Calgary play host to the highly-anticipated NHL Outdoor Classic in 2010?

Don’t break out the champagne just yet.

Calgary Flames President Ken King says he’s excited by the prospect of the game being played at McMahon Stadium on New Year’s Day but admits talks are still very preliminary.

“The league wanted to give it consideration.  It’s conceptual.”

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added 1:35pm, from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

But having a second outdoor affair means having to solve a couple of key issues. For starters, the NHL schedule is due out in about three weeks. The league has been careful not to rush its schedule given the ongoing ownership squabble over the Phoenix Coyotes. But at some point, arenas have to be booked, games have to be slotted and tickets have to be sold.

The bigger issue for Calgary would be how to have useable ice in a city where temperature fluctuations are as common as Saddledome sellouts.

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Let’s Play Two On January 1st

via E.J. Hradek of ESPN The Magazine,

The NHL is hoping to double down on the success of its Winter Classic by planning a second outdoor game for Jan. 1, 2010, according to multiple league sources.

The back-end of the outdoor doubleheader would be hosted by the Flames in Calgary’s McMahon Stadium, the site of the opening and closing ceremonies for the 1988 Winter Olympics. The opponent is unknown but figures to be one of the other five Canadian-based franchises.

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Waiting On Sutter?

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Even amidst the Stanley Cup final and with the Calgary Stampeders—the defending Grey Cup champions—about to open camp, tongues wagging over a double-double in this city are wondering when Sutter will make his decision over a new bench boss.

It could be today or tomorrow.

It could be—as he said during the press conference—around the time the NHL Entry Draft is held, June 26-27.

Still, it makes sense the wait is happening for a reason.

There hasn’t been a concrete decision from Brent Sutter as to whether he’ll return for one more season with the New Jersey Devils—at least, not that we know.

Since the Flames wouldn’t have to provide compensation if Brent leaves the Devils and joins the Flames, as per the NHL bylaws, it very well could be a case of waiting for all that to shake down

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Sutter’s Open-Ended Contract

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald via Canada.com,

When it comes to job security, Darryl Sutter’s deal with the Calgary Flames is beyond long-term.

So says his boss, Ken King.

“Darryl does not have a year left on his contract,“King, the team president and CEO, said Tuesday. “Darryl has an employment agreement that does not have an end term on it.

“It’s unique in the league and it’s the best thing to build a long and deep relationship as part of our culture. We’ve deviated from the norm, and it’s a very positive situation.”

In other words, any talk of Sutter having to win next year or else—as general manager or head coach—is completely groundless, according to King.

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Darryl Sutter Talks Flames Today

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

Darryl Sutter says he will consider stepping back behind the bench for the Calgary Flames.

Three other NHL coaches, all under contract, are of interest to Sutter. Otherwise, the Calgary GM considers himself the top candidate to replace the fired Mike Keenan as head coach.

“I have high standards,” Sutter said Tuesday. “We have high standards.

“I can separate general manager and head coach pretty easily if you’re surrounded by good people. …If I find out at the end of the search that I’m the best candidate, then I’m the coach.”

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What Happens If Darryl Sutter Coaches Too?

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

There are certainly generous upsides to Sutter being dropped back behind the bench against his will. For starters, no additional financial outlay (with Keenan due a reported $1 million NOT to wear his skates out to post-practice media conferences for a year). Then there’s the fact that the handsomely-recompensed hired help would be accountable to their big boss on a daily basis. Sutter won’t accumulate many Mr. Congeniality Awards, isn’t exactly a Spritzer-down-the-baggy-pants kinda guy, but he ain’t the sort to condone slackers or allow strays to go off on their own; wander away from the herd.

He is, in anything, demanding, meticulous and not a man to cross. More than a sampling of those still around from the day rank him in the top cut of coaches they ever played for.

A couple of those trademark bitter beer-faces, simultaneously brimming with disbelief, menace and condescension, might be the most beneficial thing to ever happen to, say, the backpedalling Dion Phaneuf.

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Keenan Fails Again

from Jeff Gordon of The Hockey Guy at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

He coached another promising Flames team to another playoff failure. Regular readers of the Hockey Guy blog were not surprised by this unhappy turn of events.

Keenan was destined to fail. Predictably, he wore down goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff.

He gave lumbering Todd Bertuzzi a wide berth. He orchestrated the exit of needed skilled players. He didn’t get enough out of Dion Phaneuf and Jarome Iginla, franchise cornerstones, leaders who were supposed to be his type of players.

Keenan has never been a great tactician. He has never been the hardest working coach in the league, either.

His forte was motivation – and his famous intimidation tactics became ineffective once players began earning millions to play their sport.

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