Jok's on Flames GM?

While the the hockey world alternated between fits of laughter and shock, Sutter had the audacity...

While the the hockey world alternated between fits of laughter and shock, Sutter had the audacity to say at his press conference reaction to his signing of Olli Jokinen was overwhelmingly positive. (ANDRE FORGET/QMI Agency file photo)

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:44 AM ET

When Ken King bought Darryl Sutter another year, he promised that while his front office would not be altered there would be plenty of change.

A change in attitude, a change in communication and a change in the way the organization used its entire braintrust to help Sutter make decisions for a change.

However, as last week’s free-agent signing of Olli Jokinen proved, it’s clearly the same old thing down at the Dome.

Sutter did little in the way of consulting before signing up to re-try the failed Jokinen experiment, prompting the organization to be mocked from coast to coast.

While the rest of the hockey world alternated between fits of laughter and shock, Sutter had the audacity to say at his press conference reaction to his moves were overwhelmingly positive.

When pressed on who might be feeling that way, Sutter’s stubborn defiance prompted him to lash out by saying they were the “important people.”

Tough to say whether he’s just that hardheaded or he’s simply lost all sense of reality.

Sutter has never cared what the masses think of him or his moves — nor should he.

But if there was truly a movement afoot to try coming across a little better and representing the organization with a bit more class, the proper response would have been to admit that while the vast majority of pundits panned the move he was confident that with time he’d be proven right.

He simply doesn’t have the ability to act with that sort of decorum.

Still no assistant GM to “help” the dictator, still no respect for the media or fans and still little hope Sutter will ever change.

And why would anybody be surprised?

Now, more notes, quotes and anecdotes from a sports world wondering how hard Derek Boogaard partied this weekend, knowing he is on a gravy train until, of course, he’s inevitably bought out of the most ridiculous contract signed so far this summer.

Around the horn

Little does the soccer world know Vuvuzelas are indigenous to Canada where they were formerly known as air horns, capable of turning broadcasts of CFL games into what sound like high school crowds … Best sign seen at the World Cup was spotted early on during a North Korea game: “Kim Jong-Il thinks I’m working.” … Just over

48 hours after America fell hook, like and sinker for World Cup soccer came this brilliant front-page headline in the New York Post following the U.S. team’s loss: “This sport is stupid anyway.” … This from Calgary’s Gary Cochrane:

“I see where Sutter is now saying that Calgary is one player away from being a top team. Unfortunately, that player is Ales Kotalik” … Separated at birth: former downhill skier Cary Mullen and golfer Ricky Fowler.

Parting gifts

With Mike Milbury relegated to the press box and Don Waddell having promoted himself to the Thrashers presidency, it’s good to see Glen Sather take yet another run at sole possession of worst GM in hockey honours ... This from late-night talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel: “The U.S. team not advancing to the World Cup quarterfinals is sort of like Justin Bieber not winning a BET (Black Entertainment Television) Award this weekend. Neither of us really had any business being there in the first place.” … Dave Letterman also couldn’t resist making fun of the brief U.S. interest in soccer: “Russian spy ring here in New York City. They were busted in New York City. Once again they were spotted by an alert T-shirt vendor. But the Russian spies tried to blend in. They were acting like Americans. As a matter of fact, for two weeks, they were pretending they loved soccer.”


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