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
Well, the NHL’s two new initiatives for ’15-16 seem to be going swimmingly.
Not long after Ottawa successfully made the second-ever coach’s challenge, fans got their first look at 3-on-3 overtime.
And what a look it was.
In the span of 137 seconds, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers combined for eight shots on goal, a few breakaways, some tremendous saves — including one on a penalty shot — and, finally, Jason Garrison‘s game-winning goal on a breakaway from center, giving the Bolts a 3-2 win.
It was, in a word, fun.
Lots of fun.
A quick sampling of reviews:
Of course, not everybody was a fan:
Now, to temper things a bit — this was the first time we’ve seen 3-on-3 with something on the line, so there was a novelty factor at play. There’s also no guaranteeing future OT sessions will be as exciting as this.
But none of that takes away from the fact 3-on-3 made for appointment viewing, and immense entertainment value. The prospect of future games like this? That’s pretty exciting.
Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.
Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:
Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).
The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.
Update: Bergeron stayed in the game, but B’s head coach Claude Julien was none too pleased with the hit. Following the game, he called for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to look at it…