Friday, July 13, 2007

Sutter's deal with the Devils

This coming season will be the ninth since Jacques Lemaire left New Jersey after the 1997-98 season. Since then, the Devils have had a revolving door in the head coach's role:

Robbie Ftorek, 1998–2000
Larry Robinson, 2000–2002
Kevin Constantine, 2002
Pat Burns, 2002–2005
Larry Robinson, 2005
Lou Lamoriello, 2005–2006
Claude Julien, 2006–2007
Lou Lamoriello, 2007
Brent Sutter, 2007–present

Sutter's not stupid; my guess is he asked for some sort of guarantee that he'll be around a little bit longer than, say, Julien was.

How long do you think he lasts?



At 5:46 p.m., July 13, 2007, Blogger Lowetide said...

2 years minimum. The Devils are at a point now where their Stanley teams are for the most part a distant bell but still they enjoy the reputation of being a quality organization.

Moves like the Julien firing cast some doubt over Lou as a genius (let's say he's Sather about 1991 as we speak).

Sutter seems to be a stable person (as Sutter's go) and he's going to preside over a team in transition (much like Babcock is doing in DET).

A good choice for the Devils, suspect they'll do very well since I hate them.

At 6:05 p.m., July 13, 2007, Blogger mike said...

Sixty-five games, and MacLean comes riding in to rescue a playoff spot. I wonder what rumors will be spread by such standup guys as Marty Brodeur and John Madden about Sutter to get him fired...they'll think of something, though, I'm sure. Those guys always know how to undercut a coach.

At 8:35 p.m., July 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On TSN they said he will most likely be the best paid coach next year in the NHL. So even if he's fired he's gonna come out with a few millions more.

At 8:54 p.m., July 13, 2007, Anonymous geduffer said...

As long as he wants. Brent Sutter Was a terrific player and has been the top young coach not in the NHL. He has a Memorial Cup, World Junior gold and Stanley Cup rings as a player. I wish him the best except when they play our Islanders.

At 2:42 p.m., July 15, 2007, Anonymous Alec said...

As long as he isn't trying to choke his players into performing like Brian did, I think he'll be all right. Lou's got his philosophy and I think he sold Sutter on the fact that it isn't much different than Medicine Hat.

Who knows, maybe he's got a shot at the GM spot if he can ride out most of the contract when Lou decides that he doesn't want to leave his hotel room, ever. Lou turns 65 in the fall.

The person I find interesting in all this is David Conte. Over the last 15 years they have to be one of the best organizations in drafting and developing players into NHLers, all these various GM jobs have opened up and his name never comes up.

What up with that?


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