Puck hits Sutter in noggin
STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency
|Brent Sutter must be wondering why the Flames have hit the skids. (QMI Agency file photo)
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Calgary Flames head coach Brent Sutter has plenty of memories at Nassau Coliseum.
He added another Wednesday, when an errant puck nailed him in the head during practice, leaving a massive welt on his left brow and making him the butt of plenty of jokes from the players, training staff and fellow coaches.
The best might have come from Sutter himself as he walked off to get fixed up.
"Can't get blood out of cement," he cracked.
Things were fine, and he was even joking about the culprit. It was a deflected Rene Bourque shot that got him.
"I can't blame him. If it was intentional, he wouldn't have hit me," Sutter said with a laugh. "I can't blame him.
"The guys voted him first star today, though."
On a more serious note, Sutter reminisced about his time as a member of the storied New York Islanders.
He went to three Stanley Cup finals and hoisted two Cups.
It certainly, as one veteran radio voice pointed out, wasn't his first cut in the building.
"A lot of memories in this building," Sutter said. "It hasn't changed much."
The team has. Now a shadow of its former self, Sutter joined the club when legends like Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier, Clark Gillies, Denis Potvin and Bob Nystrom were at their best.
Drafted in the first round, 17th overall, in 1980, Sutter's first camp didn't get off to a great start.
"I was so nervous I never got through medicals because I got so sick. I never made it through," Sutter said. "I didn't take my medicals in my first NHL training camp because I was intensely throwing up.
"They were such a dominant team back then."
TANGUAY PLACED ON IR
Winger Alex Tanguay (upper body) was placed on the IR, retroactive to Dec. 20, when he suffered a mysterious injury during a game against the Minnesota Wild.
The move leaves the Flames with 22 players on the active roster, which means they could add another body this week from the AHL's Abbotsford Heat.
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