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Darryl and Brent Sutter don’t talk, need ‘referee’

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Eric Francis of the Ottawa Sun has some interesting notes tonight from a Calgary Flames staffer who has come forward to shed some light on the front office situation in Calgary.

“Darryl and Brent don’t even talk,” said the staffer.

“It’s so dysfunctional. Darryl has been in the league as a respected player, coach and GM forever, and he knows more about the NHL than anyone in the organization. He saved this franchise. But his ego, or lack of social graces or whatever, has reached a point where the people who can help him find him totally unapproachable. That includes Brent. He doesn’t listen. It’s a reign of terror. Everyone is scared of him.”

It certainly makes sense, as Sutter (the G.M.) decided to change directions in midseason and traded away a number of veterans and important defensive help in an effort to somehow turn the Flames into a higher scoring team. Trading for nearly 25% of the Toronto Maple Leafs roster wasn’t exactly the perfect decision, as the Flames were worse down the stretch than they were before the trades.

I can only guess that brother Brent was left to just make do with these seemingly random roster decisions, and the Flames played like a team without a clear direction from the front office.

There’s no question that Darryl Sutter is likely on his way out as general manager. Could his brother be fired, yet Brent remain as coach?

I wonder what Christmas dinners will be like at the Sutter farm next year.