Sutter's Moves Puts Flames Right Back Into The Fire

Steve McSween@dansallowsSenior Analyst IJuly 17, 2009

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 27:  General Manager Darryl Sutter of the Calgary Flames speaks with the media during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 27, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It would be really easy to criticise Darryl Sutter over the past two seasons.

Hiring Mike Keenan instead of his brother Brent.

Letting Alex Tanguay go for the No. 25 overall pick and second-round pick in 2009.

Going over the cap so badly the last game the Flames could only dress three lines.

Let's face it the list goes on and on.

Yes, for awhile there it looked like Darryl Sutter was the NHL's latest Mike Milbury or Glen Sathers cousin.

Then came three moves that put the Flames right in the thick of things once again, which for Flamers fans is a sigh of relief as Iggy ain't getting any younger.

The time to win is now!

With the signing of Jaw Bouwmeester, Calgary has arguably the best blue line in the NHL with Regehr, Phaneuf, Giordano, Sarich and the youngster Pardy.

Up front the team isn't a powerhouse. If Jokinen can be the player he was in the first two weeks as a Flame, Rene Bourque can stay healthy, and Moss, Nystrom, Glencross and Boyd can continue to improve, once you throw Iginla and Langkow into the mix you have the make-up of a pretty fast, talented club.

The move that may just pay off the most is bringing Nigel Dawes on board to replace the departed Mike Cammalleri. For anyone who saw him play over the past two seasons with the Rangers and Coyotes, they know the talent is there. He just needs the ice time and a Sutter fire lit under his ass.

Which brings us to the coaching move that sees Darryl Sutter right a wrong by bringing his brother Brent into the fold.

Yes, it's very early to call this team contenders.

Yes, they did bow out in the first-round once again.

But it is nice to have a summer of optimism surrounding this team for a change, and if nothing else if Darryl Sutter has built himself a playoff team for years to come.

Really isn't that all anyone can ask?