Sutter to coach Devils: TSN
The Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League have called a news conference for Thursday and sources suggest team owner Brent Sutter will announce that he's stepping down as general manager and head coach.Another interesting late-night revelation by the scoopsters at TSN last night.
NHL sources tell TSN that Sutter is stepping down from his junior club to pursue a head coaching job in the NHL and that Sutter is the odds-on favourite to be named the next head coach of the New Jersey Devils.
Brent Sutter was rumoured consistently for the vacant New York Islanders position last off-season, the job that eventually went to Ted Nolan. Sutter had apparently said he was just fine where he was, but if this report is indeed true, Lou Lamoriello has managed to lure him away from the cozy setup he had in Red Deer as coach/manager/owner/overlord of the successful Rebels organization in the WHL.
It's been a tough couple of years for the rebuilding Rebels after they were one of the league's more dominant teams going back four or five years. There are some long roadtrips through the west that I'm sure Sutter won't miss.
He'll be a good fit with the Devils.