Darryl Sutter Steps Down as Calgary Flames GM: What Now?

December 28th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Numerous media sources are reporting that Calgary Flames general manager Darryl Sutter is stepping down with assistant GM Jay Feaster taking over a team that has failed to produce.

Many fans were clamoring to see Sutter fired during the offseason—an offseason that saw Sutter make a number of questionable moves, including the signings of Olli Jokinen and Alex Tanguay to contracts when they had failed to produce in Calgary before.

Feaster, who won a Stanley Cup as the Tampa Bay Lightning’s GM, is expected to keep Brent Sutter in the head coaching position, while Duane Sutter’s future as director of player personnel also looks safe, for now.

The Flames own a 16-18-3 record, not a disaster, but it's hardly what many Flames fans expected from their club.

When you look at the overall picture the Flames look to be in trouble, both short-term and long term.

The Flames are one of the oldest teams in the NHL and, given how close they are to the salary cap limit and the fact that the Flames will have a total of eight unrestricted free agents coming up this summer, well, you have a recipe for disaster.

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