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.