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Sutter close to signing as Flames head coach

It has long been rumoured Brent Sutter would become the coach of the Flames. (Photo by Darryl...

It has long been rumoured Brent Sutter would become the coach of the Flames. (Photo by Darryl Dyck/Edmonton Sun)

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:17 PM ET

His cellphone going unanswered and his voicemail inbox full, one could only wonder Saturday what Brent Sutter was up to.

But there's been plenty of talk despite the undisputed (at least in media circles) future head coach of the Calgary Flames not picking up his mobile.

Sources suggest an official announcement as early as Sunday — before Flames GM Darryl Sutter heads off to Montreal for the weekend's draft — declaring his brother Brent Sutter as the man to take over behind the bench for the fired Mike Keenan.

The team is remaining silent, as it has during weeks of searching for a new staff to lead the Flames this fall.

Nothing new to report. Nothing planned.

History suggests that can change quickly when Darryl Sutter makes up his mind.

Brent Sutter quit as coach of the New Jersey Devils earlier this month, citing personal and family reasons. Any team wishing to talk to Sutter about hiring him would have to go through Devils GM Lou Lamoriello, as Sutter left New Jersey with a year remaining on his contract.

Over two seasons with Sutter as coach, the Devils posted a 97-56-11 record, but were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs both seasons.

It has long been rumoured Sutter would become the coach of the Flames, particularly following Calgary's firing of bench boss Mike Keenan in late May.

Sutter owns the WHL's Red Deer Rebels, coached Canada's national junior team to a pair of gold medals in 2005 and 2006, and has a ranch outside Red Deer.


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