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Sutter Steps Down

The Calgary Flames announced today that the teams’ GM and Executive Vice President, Darryl Sutter, has stepped down at the request of President and CEO Ken King. Jay Feaster, Sutter’s assistant since July, will assume the duties as acting GM. Feaster was GM with the Tampa Bay Lightning when they “won” the Stanley Cup in 2004 (ironically, beating the Flames). Ken King said that the team is “restructuring its leadership and processes…as it enters the next phase of its growth in the NHL.”

Last season, the Flames finished 10th in the Conference and missed the playoffs while four of the previous five seasons, the team lost in the first round. The Flames are currently No. 14 out of 15 teams in the Western Conference and likely to miss the playoffs again this season. This prompted the release of Darryl Sutter, whose brother Brent is the team’s head coach.

In dispelling the notion that Brent Sutter may be relieved of his coaching duties, Feaster responded by saying, “The coaches are committed — you heard Ken say it, I’m committed to this coaching group, too. I think that Brent has done a very good job, I think he’s a very good coach, and one of the things, if you know my history before, I’m a big believer in working with the coach. And so from a hockey perspective, Brent is going to have a very large voice in my administration.”

– CeeCee

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