The times are a-changin' for the Calgary Flames.
Flames announce they will not keep Brent Sutter.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 12, 2012
Sutter had hoped to return to the Flames next season, but ultimately changed course after a meeting with team GM Jay Feaster.
What it Means
It's back to the drawing board for the Flames, who now enter an even deeper phase of flux this offseason.
After compiling a respectable 118-90-38 record in three seasons, it wouldn't be fair to label Sutter as the problem in Calgary. However, he was ultimately undone by his inability to lead the Flames to the Stanley Cup playoffs during his tenure.
Not that the roster he had at his disposal—with its particular mix of over-the-hill stars and youngsters still wet behind the ears—was, is or will be conducive to postseason hockey until Feaster gets serious about rebuilding.
What Comes Next
Now begins the search for a new coach, though it won't matter who Feaster hires so long as the Flames remain committed to foolishly chasing Cup dreams with a fringe roster built around Jarome Iginla. Unless Calgary decides to blow it up, the door to the coach's box will remain a revolving one for the foreseeable future.