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Brent Sutter to the Calgary Flames?

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 17:  Head coach of the New Jersey Devils, Brent Sutter, talks during a press conference after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 at the Prudential Center on March 17, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
JerseySenior Analyst IJune 21, 2009

Well, here's your big news of the day.

For those too lazy to click on the link, Brent Sutter is close to signing a deal to coach the Calgary Flames.

To many, this comes as no surprise. The Calgary job opened, Sutter stepped down, and that cleared the way for him to coach for his brother, Flames GM Darryl Sutter.

But this is a surprise to me. I mean, I wouldn't put anything past Brent Sutter. He backed out of a contract, so how much can he be trusted?  I'm surprised that they've managed to legally put a deal together.

Brent remains under contract with the Devils for next season. The only way the Flames could talk to him would be if the Devils gave them permission, and I'd be stunned if Lou Lamoriello would let them do that.

This is a guy who backed down from the team because he was homesick. I don't think Lamoriello would be stupid enough to just let him walk away to coach someone else. If he can't coach the Devils because he can't coach, he can't coach the Flames for the same reason.

Details will surely ensue over the coming days. I fully expect the Devils to get generous compensation. This is a coach who led the team to the playoffs the past two years, and this year they won the division despite losing Martin Brodeur for 50 games. He's not getting away cheaply.

The next time the Flames come to Jersey, I expect Sutter to be booed out of the building.

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