Darryl Sutter is a two-time Stanley Cup-winning head coach who I believe has punched his ticket for induction into the Hockey Corridor of Fame when he lastly decides to name it quits. So, it could most likely be a secure wager to counsel hoisting that venerable silver cup over his head would simply be the most important second of his four-decade profession in skilled hockey. However, that’s not the impression I received when the present Calgary Flames bench boss was requested that very query in a personal on-line Q & A occasion for Aeroplan members final week.
Sportsnet’s Christine Simpson hosted the digital one-on-one session and she or he had an extended record of questions for Sutter – all submitted by the roughly 300 followers that registered for the net occasion. About ten minutes into the interview, Simpson requested the Flames’ head coach what his most memorable second in hockey was, and he began off by saying: “you’ve received to say successful Stanley Cups, however I additionally vividly bear in mind in my thoughts dropping recreation seven of the Stanley Cup right here with the Flames in opposition to Tampa in ’04.”
“I do not forget that recreation, I can see it in my thoughts, I can play again the entire recreation myself. I can inform you who was on the ice at no matter shift it was. We misplaced 2-1 and nonetheless in my thoughts I can bear in mind the scoring probabilities we missed that might have made it 2-2. After which in your thoughts you assume, nicely I do know who’s going to attain in additional time as a result of he’s our captain – he’s the Rocket Richard winner, and so I’ve all of that in my thoughts as reminiscences.”
Darryl Sutter on dropping recreation seven of the 2004 Stanley Cup finals
When requested about his most memorable second, I discovered it fairly telling how Sutter utterly glossed over winning two Stanley Cups in three years with the Los Angeles Kings in about three seconds and went straight to the Flames’ Cinderella run to the finals. The Calgary bench boss would contact on his first go-around with the membership a number of instances through the entertaining 45-minute interview, increasing on how that inconceivable playoff run utterly captured the creativeness of the complete nation when his crew turned the final Canadian franchise standing.
Sutter would go on to say that when all of Canada jumped on the Flames bandwagon, it made the complete postseason expertise that rather more particular. And, when he mentioned that he had “unfinished business” after being rehired as head coach, he defined how the “the agricultural a part of it, the Canadian a part of it, that grassroots a part of it” nonetheless fuelled a hearth inside him to complete the job he began over 18 years in the past. Sutter added that dropping Sport 7 of the Stanley Cup Remaining won’t have meant a lot if it wasn’t with a Canadian crew. I get the impression that it is a man who actually desires the see Lord Stanley’s cup return to its birthplace.
Sutter Thinks the Stanley Cup Winner Will Come From the North Division
When Sutter was requested about his ideas on enjoying within the newly minted Scotia North Division he didn’t mince phrases, describing it as an “superior division”, including that it was completely loaded with star energy.
“I do know that the Flames haven’t held up their finish of the discount by way of their efficiency however after we play these groups it blows me away how a lot a few of these younger gamers have stepped up and develop into star gamers. You take a look at the children in Toronto and the children in Winnipeg and the children in Edmonton… simply take a look at the scoring race within the league and put the Canadian groups in there and look what they’ve achieved, it’s fairly excellent. It truly offers me shivers to speak about it as a result of these guys are stars and you may inform they’re actually good individuals and it’s fairly superb.”
Darryl Sutter on enjoying within the Scotia North Division.
Sutter advised the a whole bunch of viewers watching the net interview that he thinks the eventual cup champion of the 2020-21 season will come from the Nice White North, stating “this Canadian division is a troublesome division. I’ve mentioned this earlier than I got here to educate the Flames… I do know the place my winner is coming from. I’m not saying who it’s, however I’ve picked my winner.” I believe it’s secure to say it gained’t be Calgary, so I’m guessing he was speaking in regards to the Toronto Maple Leafs? The top coach additionally appeared fairly happy that an NHL crew from north of the border was assured a spot within the last 4.
There Have been Even a Few Smiles – I’m Not Kidding!
I all the time really feel somewhat sorry for the reporters who ask Sutter questions within the Flames’ post-game pressers. The gruff rancher from Viking, Alberta has a no-nonsense model when coping with the media that may really feel fairly intimidating. He’s made headlines this season for a few of his blunt evaluations of his gamers – most notably when he referred to as them out for being “dopey” after which when he made it clear he wasn’t very pleased with the effort level of Johnny Gaudreau on the eve of his five hundredth NHL recreation.
So, it was an enormous reduction to see the softer facet (in the event you can name it that) of Sutter throughout this reasonably nice on-line chat. Simpson stored the banter fairly mild and there have been a number of questions from viewers that truly made the 62-year-old crack a smile and even set free a small chuckle. These matters included the (very) early mornings engaged on the farm, pre-game superstitions, enjoying professional hockey in Japan, dealing with off in opposition to his brothers and figuring out who the funniest Calgary Flame is. The reply to that final query was just traded away to the Leafs, so sadly the locker room might have simply misplaced its finest class clown.
There Wasn’t A lot Positivity In regards to the Present Flames Squad
I used to be truly stunned how little was mentioned in regards to the present Flames roster through the 45-minute interview. I’ve already referenced how Sutter said the Flames “haven’t held up their finish of the discount” by way of their on-ice efficiency this season, and when he was requested how the 2021 crew stacked up in opposition to his 2004 squad, the comparability between the 2 wasn’t overly complimentary to the present model of the boys in crimson.
“I believe the 2004 crew was an skilled crew. The Calgary Flames 2021 crew would positively have extra ability, God-given ability. I believe that the 2004 crew was a couple of blue collar, “guts of the sport” group. For those who matched them up in opposition to any of the groups we performed, they actually didn’t match up within the straight up, talent-wise half however they matched up in spades by way of coronary heart and want and work and energy and all of that. And you set all of that together with guys like (Miikka) Kiprusoff and (Jarome) Iginla and that takes you a great distance.”
Darryl Sutter on evaluating the 2021 Flames to the 2004 Flames
That’s not precisely a glowing endorsement of the trouble degree of his present crew, however Sutter did handle to dish out a minimum of one praise when he was requested what the Flames’ best power was. The bench boss was fast to say that the crew is lucky to have Mark Giordano as captain, including that the previous Norris Trophy winner is a good position mannequin for the group, each on and off the ice. He additionally talked about that this present squad has 5 – 6 younger skaters (with out naming them) who might be excellent gamers, however we simply should be affected person with them.
Sutter May Turn into Extra Complimentary About His Gamers if They Proceed to Roll
On the time of this Q & A session, the Flames had been on a horrible dropping streak, having misplaced 4 in a row and eight of their final 9 video games. That may clarify Sutter’s reluctance to heap copious quantities of reward on a crew that was clearly struggling and utterly out of the playoff race. Since then, Calgary has managed to string together three wins in a row and has by some means discovered a faint glimmer of hope. With 13 video games left within the marketing campaign, reaching the postseason remains to be impossible however not not possible.
I’m already on the document stating the team should go into full tank mode, however these final three contests have definitely piqued my curiosity and opened my eyes. The Flames are seeing a well timed resurgence within the type of Jacob Markstrom and are lastly enjoying that “Sutter-style” of hockey that everybody retains speaking about. Who is aware of? If Calgary can mannequin themselves after Sutter’s Cinderella 2004 squad and replicate the “coronary heart and want and work and energy” of that group – perhaps lightning can certainly strike twice. Perhaps, simply perhaps… the Flames’ head coach will lastly full his unfinished enterprise and ship the Stanley Cup again to Canada.
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Greg Tysowski is a former broadcast journalist who selected the thrilling lifetime of a stay-at-home dad for over a decade. He’s now a broadcast creator, blogger and aspiring sports activities author protecting the Calgary Flames for The Hockey Writers. Greg can also be a daily contributor to the weekly roundtable dialogue “Flames Faceoff”, now streaming on YouTube and Fb.