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Morning Line

“There’s too much focus on winning and losing at such a young age.

“And not enough about the skill part of it. That’s truly where it starts. At 16, 17 when they hit the Canadian Hockey League, there should already be a standard of skill already in place.

“I think there are times there is too much focus on winning and losing hockey games and Xs and Os at a young age and not enough on developing the skill sets.”

-Brnet Sutter, WJC head coach for Team Canada.  More from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun.

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The Brent Sutter, Farley The Fox Tussle

from Scott Fisher of the Calgary Sun,

It may not have been caught on film, but Calgary Hitmen mascot Farley the Fox is licking his wounds after his own scuffle with an opposing coach.

Farley was celebrating after the Hitmen eliminated the Rebels in Game 5 at the Saddledome Thursday night when he fell off a ledge above the Rebels’ tunnel and onto head coach Brent Sutter.

“He fell right in front of me and then went into my feet and my legs and pushed me back,” said the former Flames bench boss. “My first reaction was he was trying to jump on me.

“It happened so quickly. Your first reaction is to defend. I didn’t know if he was going to jump on me or what he was going to do. So I took a step in and booted him.

“Then, I realized what I was booting. I said ‘Geez, it’s Farley.’ So I ripped his head off to make sure he was OK and so he could hear me to tell him, ‘You gotta get out of here.’ ”

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Brent Sutter Waiting For The Phone To Ring

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

His Calgary condo is set to be listed and a good portion of his cattle were put out to pasture earlier in the week, leaving Brent Sutter with an afternoon at the Red Deer Rebels office….

“I would coach anywhere if it is the right situation,” said Sutter, who left one of the most lucrative NHL coaching gigs in New Jersey in 2009 to be closer to his family. “I’m not limited now like I was three years ago as to where I’d go to coach. My personal situation has changed.”

The return to Alberta was prompted by a desire to spend more time with his daughter, Brooke, who was finishing up her final year of high school in Red Deer. She’s entering her third year of college, son Brandon is a fixture with the Carolina Hurricanes and son Merrick oversees the Rebels, where Brent’s wife, Connie, is in charge of merchandising.

His calving operation is in good hands, as is his family and the junior club they run.

“I’m open to whatever but if nothing happens, I’ll just work here at the Rebels helping (GM/coach) Jesse (Wallin) and working on the management side of it. I’ll work around the ranch. Right now, that’s what I’m making plans to do and if that changes and teams are interested, that’s great too. I’m not making calls.

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Is Brent Sutter Headed To Edmonton?

from Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun,

Darryl Sutter is just six wins away from sipping from the Stanley Cup.

Hard to believe, but the news for Calgary Flames fans could get even worse.

Just over a month after clearing out of his office at the Saddledome, Brent Sutter is suddenly the front-runner to become the next head coach of the provincial rival Edmonton Oilers, who officially axed Tom Renney Thursday after weeks of speculation….

It’s certainly not a far-fetched idea, especially when you consider what Sutter’s been up to for the past three weeks.

Just days after Sutter and Flames GM Jay Feaster mutually agreed to go separate directions, the 49-year-old accepted an invite from Kevin Lowe to become head coach of Canada’s entry at the world hockey championships.

In case you didn’t know, Lowe just so happens to be the president of the Oilers.

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Changes In Calgary

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that Brent Sutter and the organization have reached a mutual agreement to conclude coaching duties. In addition, the contract of assistant coach Dave Lowry will not be renewed.

“Brent Sutter and I met and discussed a number of issues regarding the hockey team and the future,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “Brent and I explored many options and ultimately determined that it is best to proceed in different directions. Brent is a great person and an excellent hockey coach. On behalf of the Calgary Flames, we sincerely appreciate his hard work, dedication and commitment to our organization, and we wish him every success. We also appreciate the important contributions of Dave Lowry.”

“After discussions with Jay since the season ended, it was in the best interest of the organization and myself to part ways,” said Brent Sutter. “I wish the Calgary Flames all the best.”

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The Other Side Of Brent Sutter

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

When Matt Stajan deposited the puck into a yawning net on a couldn’t-be-better 2-on-1 pass from Blake Comeau 4: 20 into overtime Tuesday, taciturn tactician Brent Sutter showed everyone a new, surprising, utterly engaging side of the head coach of the big team in this town.

He hugged Lowry. High-fived anyone available. Hollered in delight.

“Honestly,’’ laughed left winger Alex Tanguay, “I saw the video when I got home and I’m thinking ‘WHAT got into him?!’ I’ve never seen him like that. I wasn’t convinced it actually was him. So I had to rewind it a few times just to make absolutely sure.

“It was nice, actually.

“Great to see.

“Brent wants to win as bad as anybody.

“Like all of us, he’s getting caught up in this.’’ The points claimed, he didn’t merely stick out a hand for Lowry to shake.

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The Sutter Brothers Talk

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Those who expected the Sutter boys to hug it out or apologize to one another obviously never saw them play.

But in the quiet confines of their respective homes — far from the cameras and the microphones — Darryl and Brent Sutter did the next closest thing: They finally talked.

After more than a year of silence prompted by anger, frustration and personality clashes that dotted their working relationship as GM and head coach, respectively, while with the Calgary Flames, the two spoke Sunday night.

They didn’t discuss their differences, nor bury the hatchet, nor agree to disagree or dissect old wounds …

They just talked.

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Brent Sutter Has Come a Long Way This Season

From George Johnson in the Calgary Herald:

He’s swayed a veteran group over to his way of thinking when all appeared lost.

That, people, is an Adams-worthy achievement. Not that he gives two hoots, but if the Flames do reach the post-season, he richly deserves consideration at the June ‘do in Vegas. If they could somehow crack the Top Four and nail down home-ice for the first round, it should be a slam dunk.

It seems a lifetime, not 82 days, that not-so-long-ago morning in Anaheim when the stench of change permeated the Honda Center like a gas leak, when the coach’s future apparently hung by a thread.

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Morning Line

“I hope there’s guys disappointed in there.  There had better be, because we found ways to lose two games here and we’ve got to find ways to win games.”

-Flames coach Brent Sutter after losing to the Wings last night.  More on the game from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun.

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Morning Line

“It’s certainly been a different year right from the get-go to be quite honest but it’s not a bad thing. I’ve learned lots through this. The first two years (in New Jersey) I didn’t go through this so it’s experience in going through it but with the coaching staff, with (GM and brother) Darryl and Ken (club president King) and with Murray (part owner Edwards) and the ownership group, I’ve had a lot of support through it so we’re staying the course.

“They’ve been tough days but you have to stay positive too, continue to believe so it’s been, to be quite honest, something you don’t want to go through but it’s something we’ve gone through and we all have to take something good out of it and I certainly have as a coach.

“Hopefully it’ll make me better at what I do. It is what it is and you deal with it the best way you can.”

-Flames Coach Brent Sutter.  More on the Flames win last night from John Down of Flames Insider.

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Are The Sutters On Their Last Leg In Calgary?

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

There is a kind of protective bubble which has grown around hockey’s first family, the Sutters.

It is a bubble constructed out of hard work, sweat and more than a little blood. It is built on loyalty and family and a “my-word-is-my-bond” kind of integrity. It speaks to issues far greater than any of the wins and losses recorded on the hundreds of hockey rinks the pride of Viking, Alberta, has skated on over the past four or five decades.

The Sutters didn’t necessarily ask to exist within this bubble; but the family, for the most part, has been immune to criticism from the hockey world no matter which way the puck has bounced.

This has been especially true of brothers Darryl and Brent, who are currently manning the helm of the sinking ship known as the Calgary Flames.

But Sunday revealed stark evidence of the bubble springing more than a few leaks, which, by the time this season ends, may spell the end of the magical Sutter spell for both GM Darryl and coach Brent.

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Questioning Sutter’s Coaching

from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

This season, back in the heartland, the Calgary Flames are going backwards – and fast – under the irascible coach. In fact, it’s no guarantee the Flames will even make the playoffs, let alone face the indignity of once again bowing out in seven games or less.

With top names such as Jarome Iginla, Olli Jokinen, Miikka Kiprusoff, Robyn Regehr, Phaneuf and Bouwmeester at his disposal (not to mention some nice secondary pieces in Rene Bourque and Curtis Glencross), it seems utterly bizarre Sutter would be unable to coax wins out of the talent he has in that dressing room.

But here we are.

Sutter has been vocally upset with his team’s performance in the local press, but the Flames still aren’t bringing it every night. Is it possible Sutter’s abrasive nose-always-on-the-grindstone coaching style only works in junior?

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Sutter Refuses To Be Negative

Flames Coach Brent Sutter after losing to the Blues 2-0, their

sixth

seventh loss in a row.

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Brent Sutter Reflects On Another Flames Loss

from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider,

“Um, we lost the game,” steamed Sutter after his lads’ 3-1 loss Thursday to the visiting Chicago Blackhawks. “When you sit there and say, ‘We had a good effort.’ We’re supposed to have a good effort every night. Obviously, we made mistakes tonight that cost us the game.”

But that slow start against the Hawks—at one point, the guests were doing the outshooting, 18-7—are the Flames so stressed out by their freefall that they’re playing tentatively? That they’re pressing?

“Why is it? Why do you play that way?” countered Sutter. “It’s not a time to play tentative, to press. It doesn’t help the cause. When you’re a team that’s having a tough time getting contributions offensively from everyone, you’ve got to be rock solid in other areas. Being tentative and if you’re pressing . . . I didn’t really sense that from the group.

“At times, we were fine. At times, we made soft plays.”

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The Sutter System

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

For more than half a season, (Kevin) Weekes has watched his former coach with his new team and seen Sutter try to implement his way of doing things on a Flames team that has battled through its ups and downs, yet still went into last night’s clash with the Colorado Avalanche atop the NHL’s Northwest Division.

Weekes, who retired after a 13-year pro career, says nothing he’s seen from Sutter has come as a surprise to him.

“He has his system, in terms of the way he wants to do things, what he believes in, why he believes in them and how he wants them executed. He’s very steadfast in those things.

“I know those four things are big for him,” Weekes said.

He understands making things interesting for the coach in Calgary is that New Jersey has had a way of doing things for a generation, compared to a Flames team that had little structure the past couple of years.

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Brent Sutter Not Happy With Team Play

from Vicki Hall of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

Following a massive collapse by his team, the Calgary Flames head coach let fly with some sober talk about the deeper issues that ail the underperforming squad.

Too casual; not enough emotion; no sense of urgency.
These were among Brent Sutter’s post-game complaints after watching the Flames fizzle out and down in 7-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

“This isn’t just something that just happened tonight,” Sutter told the assembled throng of reporters. “We just happened to play a very talented team tonight. This has been something that has been addressed with this group since Day 1, that there’s too much inconsistency in their game. The reason why there’s too much inconsistency in their game is because there’s too much inconsistency with individuals wanting to stay with it for 60 minutes….”

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Brent Sutter Saw No Discrimination Against French Canadian Players

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Go ahead, tell Brent Sutter there is discrimination against French Canadian players in the NHL and Hockey Canada’s programs.

We dare you.

Just be braced for a very terse reply.

“There’s no truth to that, whatsoever,” stated Sutter, the Calgary Flames head coach who spent 17 seasons in the NHL and is in his third year as a head coach.

“There’s no merit to that going on in the sport. Not that I’ve ever seen.”

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Afternoon Line

“Hey, I’m not happy about the way we’re playing.  You guys got all these questions why this guy’s playing with this guy, and this guy, this guy . . . we’ve lost three games in a row and we haven’t played well in either of those three games. It’s time for a wakeup call. We need a push here — and that’s from every guy in the room.

“Every person in that room is accountable. And we need everyone to play better than they have.”

-Flames Coach Brent Sutter via Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider.

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Huge Lack Of Mental Toughness

Flames coach Brent Sutter tells it like it is after last night’s loss to the Blackhawks.

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On The Farm With Brent Sutter

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Turning off the gravel range road upon reaching the Sutter family mailbox, the first thing you’re greeted by are a pair of donkeys the kids gave Brent Sutter one Father’s Day.

Winding your way up along a tree-lined driveway he had paved using bonus money from his first year in Chicago, you soon approach impeccably kept garden beds that soften the family homestead he longed to return to each of the last two winters.

After parking amidst the handful of cars driven by wife Connie, daughter Brooke and his two sons, you see a sturdy pickup truck with a suitcase in the passenger seat—a clear indication which vehicle the well-traveled Flames coach uses.

It’s Sunday morning and aside from a gentle breeze ruffling the trees, all is quiet, including a 10-year-old German Shepherd named Dakota, which is sleeping next to a cowboy boot-shaped planter on the farmhouse stoop.

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Sutter Abandoned The Devils

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Two years later, Sutter is in Calgary and the Devils are looking for another coach with another personality that will require adjusting to and, possibly, more system alterations.

Brent Sutter did not fulfill his promise with the Devils. He abandoned them after two seasons in which he could not get them out of the first round of the playoffs. He had his reasons for leaving, but he abandoned them nonetheless.

So, there is reason for the players to be uspet with him for leaving them. It’s also understandable why owner Jeff Vanderbeek said he was left with a bad taste in his mouth by Sutter’s quick move to Calgary.

As GM, Lou Lamoriello’s job is to stay even keeled. Vanderbeek was a fan before he was an owner and, in some ways, he still thinks like a fan.

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Lamoriello On Sutter

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

So, instead of insisting that Sutter sit out a year while still under contract, Lamoriello decided to move on. He granted Flames GM Darryl Sutter permission to sign Brent with no strings attached.

“You know once you give consent, because of the new rules in the NHL there is no recourse and no compensation,” Lamoriello told me Tuesday afternoon. “I certainly believe there should be compensation in situations like this for all the obvious reasons, but there isn’t. That’s a league rule and you accept it.”

Lamoriello doesn’t believe Brent Sutter had this type of a defection in mind during last season.

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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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Sutter Brothers Everywhere

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Down at the Pengrowth Sutterdome, they are poised for the big announcement that could come at any moment.

Brent Sutter is about to be named the new head coach of the Calgary Flames, which means there will soon be Sutters in the front office, with the farm team, on the ice and behind the players’ bench, where two other Sutter brothers have tried their luck to mixed reviews.

Naturally, some NHL observers are deeply concerned. They wonder, “What’s next? You come to the rink, park your car in the Ron Sutter section. A Sutter takes your ticket, another sells you popcorn, another shows you to your seat and another escorts you out if you call the coach a bum.”

But with general manager Darryl Sutter close to hiring his brother, the most compelling question is whether Brent Sutter is the right choice or merely a convenient namesake.

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What Now Brent?

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

When asked what he will do now, Sutter replied, “I’m getting back to my life here as far as being in the office on a daily basis here with the Rebels and working between there and the ranch and spending some time with my family. I’m getting back to my life here that I’ve neglected somewhat over the last couple of years.”

There has been speculation that Sutter will join his older brother, Darryl, in Calgary. Darryl Sutter is the general manager of the Flames and fired Mike Keenan as head coach on May 22.

Brent Sutter said again that the Flames’ vacancy was not a factor in deciding his future with the Devils.

“I just want to get this out right now that that has zero impact on my decision-making here. None,” he said. “There’s been all of these rumors here before Edmonton had named their coaching staff. The reason why that’s all out there is because it’s an hour and 15 minutes from my farm and my ranch. It’s totally irrelevant.”

more on Sutter resignation today…

added 4:26pm, from Darren Dreger of TSN,

I don’t see Sutter returning to the NHL this year.  I think he’ll get his affairs together both on the family front and the WHL front.

A year from now, who knows.

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Report- Sutter Leaving Devils

via CTVCalgary,

CTV Calgary learned late Monday night that Brent Sutter will announce that he is stepping down as head coach of the News Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

This further fuels rumours that Brent Sutter will return to Alberta to join his brother Darryl, who is currently the Calgary Flames general manager.

There has been some speculation that Daryl Sutter has been waiting to make a decision on his team’s head coaching opening to see if Brent would be available.

added 11:14am, via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The Devils have scheduled a noon conference call today with Brent Sutter in which Sutter is expected to announce he is stepping down as head coach.

Sutter has been pondering his future with the team since the Devils lost Game 7 of their first round series against Carolina on April 28. He has admitted that it has been difficult for him the last two years to be away from his family in Red Deer, Alberta and the team he owns there.

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Brent Sutter Says Decision Coming This Week

from Greg Meachem of the Red Deer Advocate,

At some point this week, likely within the next two to three days, Brent Sutter will make an outright decision regarding his immediate hockey future.

Will he return to the New Jersey Devils for a third season in the role of head coach, or will he remain in Red Deer and make up for the time lost with his family and his ranch over the last two years, while overseeing the operations of his Western Hockey League team?

Only Sutter and those nearest and dearest to him know for sure, but everyone — most notably Devils president/GM president Lou Lamoriello — will be informed this week.

“I would say within the next week there will be a decision. I’m certainly leaning one way,” Sutter said Sunday, while taking in the final session of the Rebels spring camp at the Red Deer Arena. “Mr. Lamoriello and I have talked on a daily basis. He’s been so supportive because of the various circumstances that have come up through the last two years. Only he and I really know the in-depth of everything.”

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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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Let Brent Sutter Go

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It’s time for the general manager to get on with the business of finding a coach who wants to be in New Jersey for the long-term rather than continuing with one who would operate as a lame duck only out of a sense of responsibility.

There’s no need for Sutter to continue to agonize over his decision. Lamoriello should make it for him and make it for him now, even if that would allow Sutter to immediately slide into the head coach’s position in Calgary that became vacant on Friday when GM Darryl Sutter fired Mike Keenan.

There is no point in holding him hostage to a contract. There is no point in holding the Devils hostage to a lame duck whose authority over the team would invariably be compromised. There is no point to having a short-timer in control of the operation.

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Brent Sutter Not Thinking Calgary

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Devils coach Brent Sutter told The Post last night that the firing of Mike Keenan by elder brother Darryl Sutter in Calgary “has zero impact” on whether he will return behind the New Jersey bench next season….

“Absolutely not. It has nothing to do with my thinking,” Sutter told The Post. “I’m employed by the New Jersey Devils, and that’s the way I look at it.”...

There have been rumbles that GM Lou Lamoriello would not be heartbroken if Sutter decides not to return for the third year of his lucrative contract. One wise man suggested that if Sutter isn’t coming back after next season, Lamoriello might want to cut the cord now.

But Lamoriello surely would want compensation from a team that might sign Sutter, a first-rounder is the going rate, especially if the coach was to go to Calgary.

more & I recall reading that compensation for a situation like this is no longer allowed…

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Devils Expect Sutter Back Next Year

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said this morning that he has no reason to believe that Brent Sutter won’t be back as his head coach next season.

He also made it clear that he wants Sutter to come back.

“There should be no discussion on this,” Lamoriello told me today. “I have no knowledge of anything. You have to speak to Brent about this. Even to get into discussions about this makes no sense.”

Although Sutter has admitted to being home sick, he has said repeatedly that he makes decisions about his future after every season and this one is no different. That said, he has not commited to coming back next season either.

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The Future Of The Flames Coaching Position

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Even though it’s Darryl Sutter who will ultimately decide if Iron Mike gets to start the final season of his three-year deal, Brent’s future could very well play a large part in the equation.

Despite being in the second year of a long-term deal with the New Jersey Devils, Brent has hinted all year long his days with the Eastern Conference club may be numbered….

All that can be remedied if the following were to unfold:

Sutter is the odds-on favourite to be named head coach of Canada’s Olympic team at the conclusion of the NHL playoffs. After all, the second-year Devils coach has a perfect record with Canada at the World Juniors and he’s already one of the premier coaches in today’s game.

Sutter could then resign and move back to Alberta, where he could work closely with Hockey Canada officials while living at home and scouting players coming through Western Canada.

Once the Olympics are complete, the door would be open for him to replace Keenan as the Flames next coach, bringing the number of Sutter brothers employed by the club to four. Darryl’s son is a club farmhand.

With knowledge of Brent’s imminent return to Alberta and desire to coach close to home, Darryl would be hesitant to fire Keenan prematurely and hire another coach to bridge the short gap until Brent is available.

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Devils Coach Sutter After Another Loss

Brent Sutter after the Devils sixth consecutive loss.

added 1:10pm, The NHL Network crew chimes in on the Devils problems.  Watch the video below…

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Sutter Will Wait Until Season Is Over To Decide His Future

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

I was reluctant to ask Devils coach Brent Sutter about it again, but after the story in the National Post in Canada made it seem like he might be leaning toward leaving the Devils after this season, I brought it up to him again after today’s morning skate.

“That’s not the case,” Sutter said when I asked him if some people’s perception that he might be leaving was true. “I evaluate my situation at the end of each year and I always have. People have asked me, ‘Is it hard being away from the hockey team (the Red Deer Rebels)? Is it hard being away from my family?’ Yeah, it is. But it was hard last year and if I stay it will be hard next year. What I said is I’m going to re-evaluate at the end of the year, which I did last year and which I’ve done since 1999. That’s how I approach it.

“I coach year to year and then evaluate my situation on the coaching side of it and evaluate my situation on the family side of it and decisions will be made at that point. Until then, there’s nothing to talk about.”

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Talk Continues Sutter Will Leave The Devils

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald via the National Post,

Brent Sutter sounds every bit the part of a frustrated Alberta rancher lost in an urban jungle.

Homesick? You bet.

Thinking of walking away from his job as head coach of the New Jersey Devils to move back to his farm and family?

Also true.

“The hockey side ... that part’s been fun,” the New Jersey Devils head coach said in his office on the west side of the Hudson River, across from the madness that is Manhattan.

“It’s the other things. Between the ranch back home and the junior team, the [Western Hockey League’s] Red Deer Rebels, being away from all that hasn’t been the easiest thing for me.”

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Sutter, on Brodeur’s Impending Return

From Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

[Coach Brent Sutter:] “Like I said, this is not training camp and it’s not the first 10 games of the regular season. This is the real deal here now. Teams are playing at the elite level. Teams are competing to get into the playoffs. Teams are trying to get different seeds in the standings and everyone has to be at their best and that’s including the goaltender.

“Yet. we’ll monitor this the right way. There’s been a course in place and everything has gone along very well. We just have to stay the course and I have tremendous confidence when Marty comes back that he’ll be very solid. Yet, there might be some games we have to get through. There’s no need for anybody to think he’s going to be an every-day goalie when he comes back.”

Sutter’s comments seemed to be in direct response to what Brodeur said Monday about his expectations for playing, particularly with his mentioning of training camp and the first 10 games of the season.

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Will Sutter Stay In New Jersey?

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

The response was a surprising, “No response.”

That’s what Brent Sutter said to the rumble that this could be his last season as Devils New Jersey Devils coach.

Sutter is believed to have next season remaining on a lucrative contract, but the question is out there among NHL team officials.

Sutter seemed bemusedly astonished when asked, but his philosophy remains to take his situation a year at a time.

He is believed to feel keenly the absence of his family, back in Alberta, British Columbia, where much of the rest of his sizable clan accounts for a significant portion of the provincial population.

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Morning Line

“If we play well, and do the things we’re capable of doing, and play like we can and get the goaltending we need to have, I think we’re as legit as anyone else in the league.  But you have to have everything fall in place for that to happen. I’m very confident in this team and I have a lot of trust in this team.”

-Devils coach Brent Sutter.  More on the Devils from Mark Everson of the NY Post.

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“I’ve never been through it, I’ve coached him (in juniors with the Red Deer Rebels), but I’ve never coached against him. To be honest, I don’t know how I’m going to feel and I’m not sure I’m going to like it that much.”

“The way I look at it, I’m excited for him, yhis is a dream of his and he’s living it and trying to fulfill it to the best of his capabilities. I happen to be his dad that’s going to be coaching against him. I don’t want him to worry about that at all. It’s just that his old man happens to be on the opposite side. He just needs to go out there and be a good player and play well to help his team and I’m going to do my job coaching to help ours.”

-Devils coach Brent Sutter on coaching against his son Brandon tomorrow when the Devils play the Hurricanes.  More on the Devils from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.

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Praise For The ‘Prairie’ Coach

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

They not only survived, the Devils prospered, their plague of injuries becoming a plague on their opponents. And they’re all the stronger for it. The players are the biggest heroes, but significant credit must go to coach Brent Sutter, this recent prodigy of junior coaching no longer unproven at the NHL level.

Sutter doesn’t go around telling everyone what a genius he is, quite the opposite. He sometimes feigns not being taken seriously, pretending he’s wrongly regarded as a rube from the prairie, when he’s not being so viewed.

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Sutter Coaching His Way

from Tom Gulitti of the Record,

(Brent) Sutter says general manager Lou Lamoriello didn’t hire him to coach like those who preceded him here. That’s why you won’t see the Devils sitting back in the neutral zone during even-strength situations anymore.

“I wasn’t hired and [told], ‘You’ve got to coach this way. That’s the way we’ve coached here for the last …,” Sutter said.

“No, it was, ‘We want this new blood. We want another perspective on how the game is played.’ “

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As Long As They Can Play

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

With his world-wide prospects officially opening their bids for Devils jobs yesterday, coach Brent Sutter denied suggestions he leans toward North American players and away from Europeans.

“That’s nonsense. That’s not true,” Sutter told The Post. “Decisions are made on players. It doesn’t matter where they’re from.

“It has zero to do with it. I look at the team. It doesn’t matter what nationality they are. It’s not true.”

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Afternoon Line

What did you think of the offseason moves the team made?

“Obviously, they’re very good moves. When you can add a Brian Rolston, a forward that can play on your top lines and be a guy that can be a quarterback on your power play, it’s a signifcant transaction for you. And with Bobby (Holik), you’re getting a guy that can give you eight, 10 quality minutes and take key faceoffs for you. He has the experience, obviously, and he’s a big man. On top of all of that, you’ve got two guys that were here and both wanted to come back and are excited about being back. And, also the fact what they bring inside the dressing room and the leadership qualities they both have.”

-Brent Sutter at Fire & Ice where you can read more from Sutter on the Devils…

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Morning Line

Coach Sutter was not a happy man after the Devils loss last night.. from Fire & Ice, .

“We didn’t do anything tonight. We were terrible. That’s what happens when you don’t prepare to play a game that’s meaningful and every game at this level is meaningful. It shows the difference in preparation right there tonight. They were prepared to play and you have a team that’s not focused to play. You go through things with them and talk to them to you blue and red in the face.

“Tonight was a lack of professionalism on our hockey team’s part. If anybody wants to tell you different, they’re liars. That’s about all. Thanks guys.”

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Brian Sutter Resigns From WHL

From the CP via the Globe & Mail,

Brian Sutter is stepping down as head coach of the Red Deer Rebels.

The Western Hockey League team announced the resignation Monday, with former player and associate coach Jesse Wallin to take over on the bench.

“This past week Brian and I had discussions about his personal commitments and the amount of time that needs to be put into the head coaching position for this upcoming season and for the future,” team owner and president Brent Sutter said in a release. “At the conclusion of those discussions, it was mutually agreed upon that he would resign as head coach for the proper direction of the hockey club.”

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Morning Line

from Fire & Ice,

Although he faces a possible fine from the NHL for criticizing the officiating, (Brent) Sutter did not hold back.

“Both calls upset me,” he said. “The fact that the first call was called five seconds after the incident happens and because the fans yell. If it’s a penalty, call it right away. And I just watched the video and i still don’t know where the second call came from. To put a team down two men with seven minutes to go in a game like tonight, that’s why I don’t get paid the big money to be an official.”

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Brent Sutter In Familiar Territory

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Brent Sutter is home for the holidays. This area, this rink, is as familiar, as comfortable, as warmly accessible to him as a cherished old bathrobe.

“I’ve coached a lot in this building,’’ he reminds you, needlessly.

“Calgary and Edmonton are both so close to home. But I’ve been so focused on the task at hand I haven’t gotten too caught up in it.”

Clearly, though, he’s happy being back in western Canada, and particularly in Alberta.  And later tonight, he’ll be climbing back on the old bus.

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All Brent Sutter

from the Star-Ledger,

Two months into his first season as an NHL coach and with the Devils riding a seven-game winning streak, Brent Sutter sat down yesterday for a one-on-one interview with The Star-Ledger….

You’ve been tough on some guys. Is part of your coaching style to challenge, push and test your players?
Coaches need to find the right buttons with players. There is accountability. They need to play at a certain level for the team to be successful and there are different ways coaches have to get them to do that. It depends on the circumstances and what is going on at that point in time. Coaching isn’t always about soft love. Sometimes there is tough love involved.

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How About Calling It Fair

via Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

The schedule for teams in the Eastern Conference will get tougher next season when the NHL adopts a new schedule….

“It’s going to be tougher,” admitted Devils coach Brent Sutter, “but there’s nothing I can do about it. When you’re a coach, someone gives you the schedule and you play the games.”

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Winning Ways Again For Devils

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

While the print media was oozing doom and gloom after Islanders edged New Jersey, Sutter steadfastly insisted that he saw many positives—and he was right.

Plus, his boss, Lou Lamoriello hardly was in a panic mode either.

It didn’t hurt that Jamie Langenbrunner had returned to the offense and Colin White soon would follow on the back line.

more on the Devils…

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