He ain't heavy, he's my head coach

Jean Lefebvre
June 20 2009 12:22PM

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So it seems Brent Sutter will soon be introduced as the new head coach of the Calgary Flames. TSN reports that the two sides are working out the details but when it’s brothers on opposite sides of the bargaining table, what could possibly be left to settle? Who gets to sleep in the top bunk when the lads visit the ranch?

If this turns out to be true, nobody should be shocked. There was just something in the word choice and tone of Brent’s presser upon resigning from the New Jersey Devils that left the door wide open for exactly this turn of events. And in hindsight, Darryl Sutter’s “I’m the best man for the job” remark at his presser when he talked about Mike Keenan’s firing should have had “red herring” printed on it with 128-point Helvetica.

All that said, this is a little surprising (again, assuming it’s true). I honestly believed that Brent would stay away because he was of the opinion that no NHL organization was big enough for both of these particular Sutter brothers. It wasn’t that the siblings didn’t like each other, but all the visible evidence suggests that these two fellows are used to getting their own way and, well, the time has long passed for these two to settle their differences with wrestling matches on the parlour rug.

Two possibilities come to mind:

  1. Brent satisfies his power-tripping urges my running his junior hockey fiefdom in Red Deer and is willing to let others – first Lou Lamoriello and now potentially big brother Darryl – call the shots for his other hockey gig; or,
  2. The brothers have come to some sort of agreement on who gets authority on what in regards to Flames business.

If you’ll remember, one brother has already hired another to coach his team – a couple of years back, Brent handed the Red Deer reins over to Brian. Flames fans will hope this brother partnership turns out a tad better than that one.

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Lefebvre is in that awkward stage of hockey following -- old enough to fondly remember the Cleveland Barons and too set in his ways to accept charity points and games where there's a winner but apparently no loser. As a long-time ink-stained wretch, he's also a firm believer in the old Bobby Knight quote about journalists: "All of us learn to write in second grade, but most of us go on to better things."
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#51 Dan the Man
June 21 2009, 09:58AM
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Brent Sutter is a great regular season coach, unfortunately his teams have a habit of losing in the first round of the playoffs...what a perfect fit for the Flames.

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#52 442Junkie mobily
June 21 2009, 12:24PM
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Travis Dakin wrote:

Elisha Cuthbert wrote: @ Travis Dakin: I meant the other back room. I don’t like going in through that door….

That's what she said!

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#53 TV
June 21 2009, 02:21PM
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So Brent Sutter = Darth Pronger/Dany Heatley then..?

I guess loyalty & honoring contracts is subjective for some people in this league..?

Just 1 more reason to pray for the decline of the Red Menace.

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