Thursday, July 12, 2007

Sutter to N.J. a done deal

The Devils have scheduled a 1 p.m. news conference in Newark on Friday to introduce Brent Sutter as their next head coach. The Record has learned that Sutter is flying on a private plane from Red Deer, Alberta to New Jersey tonight after announcing earlier today that he was stepping down as head coach and general manager of the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League.
This is perhaps old news given TSN had the scoop late last night, but considering this the first official word that Sutter is, in fact, the Devils' next coach, it's worth a link.

That's a tough spot to step into, especially for a rookie bench boss, but I can envision a scenario where Lou Lamoriello (who turns 65 in October) is looking for an eventual successor for his GM duties, something Sutter would be capable of doing after getting his feet wet as a coach.

One thing's certain: There's no intimidating Brent Sutter, and regardless of who ends up in New Jersey's lineup, this is going to be one of the league's hardest working clubs next season.

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At 1:46 a.m., July 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure he's had offers before from other NHL teams so it seems odd for him to land in NJ.
Unless Lou Lam has suddenly radically altered his usual stance Sutter will be fired within 2yrs or so at most regardless of how well the team is doing, not exactly a bastion of job security.

He's been going that route since he was hired by NJ in 87', can't see it changing now.

At 7:42 a.m., July 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a good hire for an organization that is in a transitional phase.
They don't have a lot of talent and Sutter will have to make the best of a crew of 4th liners, no name defenders and an old goalie with an Ego the size of the Empire State Building

At 10:01 a.m., July 13, 2007, Blogger mike said...

He will not last the season for the Devils. This team is headed for a bit of a dip in the standings with the improvement of the Rangers, Penguins, and Flyers. When that occurs, Lou will pull the plug on Sutter and install John MacLean at long last for the Devils and perhaps end the rotating door for head coaches with this franchise.

At 2:20 p.m., July 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No terms announced yet? If Sutter's a smart guy though, he will have made Lou give him four or five years, so that when Lou fires him a year from now, he can go back to the Rebels and still collect a cheque from Lou for the next three or four years.


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