Soon to be a Flame?

Some like it hot, including Brent Sutter if reports out of Calgary are correct.

Some like it hot, including Brent Sutter if reports out of Calgary are correct.

Sutter recently resigned as head coach of the New Jersey Devils with one to three years remaining on his contract, and is apparently on the verge of signing on as bench boss of the Calgary Flames.

He wasn’t talking Sunday — at least on the record — and while the Red Deer Rebels president and owner did not confirm that he will indeed sign with the Flames in short order, he wasn’t denying the rumours, either.

“I don’t want to be disrespectful to anybody, but I can’t say much right now,” Sutter said Sunday night.

“My preference is to not make a comment.”

If Sutter has in fact agreed to take over behind the Calgary bench, then his older brother — Flames GM Darryl — has received permission from New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello to talk to the former Devils coach.

Speculation that Sutter would resurface with the Flames was rampant upon his resignation from the Devils. His coaching staff in Calgary would likely include Ryan McGill, the former Kootenay Ice mentor who last season coached the Quad City Flames, Calgary’s AHl affiliate.

Flames scout Ron Sutter and Calgary Hitmen head coach Dave Lowry have also been mentioned as possible assistant coach candidates. Mike Keenan was fired after serving two years as the Flames bench boss and his assistants — Rich Preston, Rob Cookson and David Marcoux — will all see their contracts expire at the end of June.

The reports out of Calgary suggested Sutter would be officially named as Flames head coach as early as today, but any announcement will likely be made Tuesday, prior to the Flames coaching staff and management leaving for Montreal for the NHL entry draft slated for Friday and Saturday.

Sutter’s record with the Devils was 97-56-11 and the club qualfied for the playoffs both years.

However, the Devils were also bounced from the post-season race in the first round each of the last two springs.

Just Posted

Hospitalizations jump in Red Deer due to opioid poisonings

Small city hospitals impacted more by opioid crisis

Central Alberta councils learn more about Bighorn Country proposal

A collection of central Alberta politicians are learning more about the province’s… Continue reading

High-speed chase led to fatal collision, jury hears

A Delburne man accused of manslaughter caused a fatal rollover collision during… Continue reading

‘Part of the solution:’ Alberta seeks proposals to build new refinery

EDMONTON — Alberta is looking for someone to build a new oil… Continue reading

Online ads spoil Christmas surprises, raising privacy concerns: experts

Lisa Clyburn knew she had found the perfect gift for her nine-year-old… Continue reading

Sebastian Giovinco, Jonathan Osorio and Adriana Leon up for top CONCACAF awards

Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco and Jonathan Osorio are up for CONCACAF male… Continue reading

Huitema, Cornelius named 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

TORONTO — Canada Soccer has named striker Jordyn Huitema and defender Derek… Continue reading

Review: Too much Spider-Man? Not in the Spider-Verse

You might be forgiven for feeling superhero overload this holiday season. Had… Continue reading

‘Modern Family’s’ Sarah Hyland had second kidney transplant

LOS ANGELES — “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland says she had a… Continue reading

Orlando SC acquires Canadian Tesho Akindele in trade with FC Dallas for cash

ORLANDO, Fla. — Canadian forward Tesho Akindele was traded to Orlando City… Continue reading

Koskinen notches third shutout, McDavid gets winner as Oilers blank Flames 1-0

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers appear to have shored up their defence… Continue reading

Most Read