If I Were Darryl Sutter…

July 9th, 2010 by Michael van der Sloot Leave a reply »
Most hockey fans have always loved to put down Darryl Sutter and the things he does. My cousin, who happens to be a Canucks fan, really enjoyed pointing out that Sutter looks like some strange creature grazing in the background during some scene in Star Wars.

However, most Calgarians have been grateful for what Sutter has done to this franchise in Calgary over the past seven years.  He coached and managed the team to the Stanley Cup Finals in his first full year and then a division championship a year later.  He found a way to achieve the impossible by keeping both Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff under long-term contracts.

Since joining the organization in Calgary, the Flames have been perennial playoff contenders and for several years, skated one of the NHL's best teams on paper.

Now Calgary fans are on his case, and many are already calling for him to be fired.  I've been more patient than some, but I'm definitely seeing where most are coming from. Therefore, if I were Darryl Sutter, the following is what I'd do to save face:

1) Free Up Cap Space

I know this has been overstated by many already, but it's ...

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