After weeks of speculation about his own job security, Brent Sutter can breathe a sigh of relief.
It’s hard to celebrate, of course, when your brother is suddenly out of work.
With Wednesday’s announcement that GM Darryl Sutter is finished with the organization, there is one fewer member of the famed hockey family on the Calgary Flames’ payroll.
“He’s my brother and it’s not easy to see this happen,” Brent said. “Yet, I was hired here to coach the team by ownership and by Mr. King and by management, and I’ll continue to do so.”
While Flames president Ken King was on the brink of tears while discussing his decision to ask Darryl to resign, Sutter’s younger brother Brent — in typical farmboy fashion — kept his emotions in check.
He did, however, insist he has no personal problems with his old boss.
“The one thing that we’ve all been able to do is separate that when it comes to this game and this sport,” Brent said. “Darryl was the general manager and I was the head coach, and as far as the family and the brother thing, we separate that really good.
“My name happened to be the same last name as Darryl’s, but I was the head coach and still am, and he was the general manager and now we have a new general manager in place. But it’s a tough day. Darryl has done a heck of a lot for this organization.”