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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.

  • Hippy

    Mikey #2 wrote:

    Laviolette too??? Wow looks like they are trying to copy the Oilers.Who would have thought any team would copy anything the Oilers do.

    Wow, not really surprised but this just confirms that Calgary really does like their "sloppy seconds."

  • Hippy

    Mikey #2 wrote:

    What makes them more formidable than Quinn and Renney??? Just curious what you base that point on.

    The guy you quoted seems like a Flames fan who posted in this thread so he could criticize the Oilers. Why else did he criticize the Oilers hiring Quinn/Renney? Quinn won a gold medal at the Olympics which neither Sutter nor Laviolette have. Considering the Laviolette is just a rumour and nothing more. If I were Laviolette I wouldn't sign on as an associate coach. Renney only accepted the associate coach with because it was with Quinn. He woudldn't have done it with anyone else.

  • Hippy

    @ Jasmine:
    No I've bled Copper/Orange and blue since 1980. Don't you ever say something like that again! HAHA

    I didnt' criticize Quinn and Renney. I simply stated that a pairing of Sutter and Laviolette, to me, is a better option than Quinn and Renney. But having said that, I honestly believe that the tandem of Quinn and Renney will match up very favourably to ANY other team in the league. An Olympic Gold Medal is not the Stanley Cup.

  • Hippy

    Elisha Cuthbert wrote:

    Meet me in the back room in fifteen minutes, Travis.

    …and Travis; watch out for terrorists and cougars. This girl is a magnet for them.

  • Hippy

    Chris wrote:

    Mikey #2 wrote:
    What makes them more formidable than Quinn and Renney??? Just curious what you base that point on.
    I bet Brent knows Iginla is NOT a center.

    Ahaha

  • Hippy

    can't these posts be relegated to a side frame or at least have an option to disable them for actual Oilers fans? Its obvious that Wanye is a Flames/Canucks fan at heart but why should the rest of us have to suffer? .. Oh, and.. I fully expect this post to be ignored like all the rest of em.

  • Hippy

    Lefebvre wrote:

    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.

    I assumed the same thing. I'm pretty surprised they are going to do this, and I'm not sure it will turn out well if they do.

  • Hippy

    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.

  • Hippy

    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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