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Prez happy with Sutter

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

Anybody thinking Calgary Flames GM Darryl Sutter is on thin ice shouldn't bother giving it a second moment's thought according to president Ken King.

King yesterday said there are no questions regarding the job done by Sutter on the heels of the team's fourth-straight opening round playoff defeat.

"We're very happy and thrilled that he's among us," King said.

As is the case when a team falls short of its Stanley Cup goal, everybody is placed under the microscope. Certainly some decisions made by Sutter can be called into question.

Prior to the season beginning, the club had to send Anders Eriksson to the minors at his full NHL salary (US$1.5 million), had Rhett Warrener on the long-term injury list (US$2.5 million) and Marcus Nilson in Europe (US$1 million).

The trades that brought Olli Jokinen and Jordan Leopold at the deadline bumped the team so close to the salary cap a wave of late-season injuries forced them to play as many as three players short in the final five games. To top it off, the club was bumped in the opening round yet again.But the Flames are one of only four teams to have made the playoffs in each of the last five seasons -- all of which Sutter has been at the helm as GM. King said he's not questioning the job done by Sutter.

"I think he has been the catalyst for the best record in the division over the last five years," he said. "He has really been a critical part of turning this franchise around and putting us in a situation where we can enjoy hockey that people in a pure hockey market like Calgary can enjoy."


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