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Brent Sutter, Flames part ways

Apr 12, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

Jarome Iginla, Brent Sutter AP

The Calgary Flames will need to hire a new head coach by the start of next season.

By “mutual agreement,” Brent Sutter and the club have parted ways.

“Brent Sutter and I met and discussed a number of issues regarding the hockey team and the future,” said Flames GM Jay Feaster in a release. “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.”

Sutter was hired on June 23, 2009, and failed to lead the Flames to the playoffs in the three seasons he was behind the bench.

The contract of assistant coach Dave Lowry won’t be renewed either.

As for Sutter’s future in the NHL, his brother Darryl offered this opinion: “If he wants to coach in the NHL, he’ll coach in the NHL. Simple as that.”

Feaster on state of Flames: “It’s clear we have to make changes”

  1. tru2joelu4eva - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    is it as simple as that, mr. sutter? as an avs fan i believe that any team in the northwest that fails to capitalize on the ineptitude of the division as a whole (save vancouver) can be easily and truthfully labeled as a BAD team. if not for minnesota’s otherworldly free fall , calgary, with a .479 win % under brent sutter, is arguably the worst. so, exactly which team would want this guy?

    • tru2joelu4eva - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:48 PM

      ps i realize that the flames kick the s*** out of the avs on a regular basis, i’m just saying over as a whole over the course of the last three years….

    • davebabychreturns - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:01 PM

      I don’t think Brent Sutter is the Flames big problem right now.

      The problem is that their hockey team is not good enough.

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Now fire Ken King and then overhaul the scouting staff and we’ll be in business!

  3. govtminion - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Flames do the right thing and start cleaning house. Good call.

    Buffalo, Colorado, New York Islanders, all decide to stay the course on mediocrity, meanwhile. Not quite so good.

  4. ray2013 - Apr 13, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    I was listening to coverage of this on the radio. They were speculating that Sutter and Feaster were at odds over this team’s future. Apparently one thought that with a few small moves, the Flames could be a contender, while the other thought that they needed to strip the team down, trade its assets and start a full re-build. I guess we’ll see where Feaster stands on this issue over the summer.

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