Boomer is back, so we were listening to the morning show. First, Walker is Rick Lafitte 2.0, except without the gravitas of the original. How do ya'll survive listening to that human chloroform rag? Back on point; Boomer was talking to the greatest coach the Young Guns ever had, Brian Sutter, about the Stanley Cup finals, and really, just life and hockey in general.
And we stop to take another aside. We heard the interview live, and when it was replayed in the 9 o clock hour. Did you know, 9 o clock listeners, that somebody lopped off the end of the interview? Yeah. Somebody at the FAN960 lopped off the end of the Brian Sutter interview. Which, in case you are wondering why we have repeated it twice, is where the juicy little parts were found.
(New slogan: The FAN960: Cowtowing to Power & Authority since Joe Sports passed.)
What everyone, the early listeners and the 9 o clockers, got to hear was Brian Sutter repeat the words 'leadership' about 8000 times. He also implied that a group of coaches he hangs with would be able to win the Stanley Cup this year, because (say it with us class) "they have character and heart."
Honest question: Does the concept of 'Talent' exist in the Sutter's mind?
Anyways, to the end of the interview, the hidden ending, the lopped off part. Boomer asked Brian about the Sutter family dynamic, you know, because Brent ran a powerplay on Darryl and got him fired from the organization, and that will tend to damage said family dynamic.
And we got a very, at least we think, interesting answer out of one Brian Sutter. Somebody thinks the Flames leadership, or lack of it, is the reason the Calgary Flames aren't more successful. Somebody thinks Darryl did a bang up job assembling a team, but that the players let Darryl down. Furthermore, Brian said that the fans think they know what the problem is, but they don't (which, hint hint, Boomer, would have been a perfect time to say "Well ok Brian, what is the problem then?", don'tcha think?) before again calling out the leadership of the team.
We are assuming you all speak the code. What Brian was saying, and why we suspect that the monkey at the FAN lopped the end of the interview off for the 9 o clock hour, was that Jarome and Reggie are loser, no heart bums, who don't posses the 'heart', 'character', or 'leadership' to win.
First, with this type of analysis, it's easy to see why Brian is coaching in the NHL these days.
Second, it's just horseshit stupid. Darryl Sutter, as GM, was never able to assemble the talent required to compete for a Stanley Cup. We know that because, past 2004, a Darryl Sutter constructed team never made it out of the first round of the playoffs. That's real. That's scoreboard. Also, let's look at the current representatives of the Western Conference, the Vancouver Canucks. You want me to believe that 'character', 'heart', and 'leadership' are the most important aspects of a team, when the Vancouver Canucks, a team devoid and absent of all three, are in the Finals?
It just doesn't make any sense, man!
Look, we know Brian wants to absolve his brother Darryl of the blame for wasting 50 million dollars or more a year for the last five some years to be mediocre, or of the blame for not being able to win a Cup even though he had Jarome Iginla on his roster for Jaromes prime age seasons, but please. We think the fans do know what the problem is: Ales Kotalik (Darryl!), Nik Hagman (Darryl!), Matt Stajan (Darryl!), Cory Sarich (Darryl!), Renee Bourque (Darryl!) Jay Bouwmeester (Darryl!), et al (Darryl!).
It's talent, stupid. Let us spell this out real slow for Brian Sutter, and his ilk: You win over 82 plus games and the playoffs by having more talent then your competitors. In a world where your ability to spend on payroll is capped, you acquire more talent then your competitors through shrewed drafting, and by signing players to contracts that price the players below their true market value.
Darryl Sutter paid everyone on the team the going rate, gave them NMC and NTC's to torpedo his flexibility, was therefore unable to load his team up on talent, and rightly got fired for it. But according to Brian Sutter, this whole story would have been different if the Flames leadership, Jarome and Reggie, cared more?
We are sorry, but that is fucking stupid. It is. Listen, he played in the NHL, we didn't. It's still fucking stupid.
Capgeek.com tells us that since 2005-06, Jarome has been making 7 million dollars a year. You wanna know his numbers over that time period? Over that six year time period, he has played in 480 games (out of a possible 492), has scored 234 goals and collected 269 assists for 503 points, and put 1730 shots on goal. His average line looks like 80 GP, 39 G, 44.83 A, 83.83 P, 288.34 shots. Is that the line of someone who doesn't care? The problem with the Calgary Flames is the guy who is a point per game?
Or, let us put it this way: The guy who has played his entire professional career for the Calgary Flames doesn't care about the Calgary Flames? Basically, the one guy on this team who isn't a mercenary doesn't care? Honestly, Brian, again, that's stupid.
You all saw the Olympics. You think Jarome isn't concerned with his legacy? Get fucking real, people.
We have a lot of stories we don't share, Domebeer-aholics. One of the Jarome stories we never share is that he has a backyard rink. We couldn't tell you the number of times, strolling by, we have seen Jarome out on that backyard rink practicing his shot. You know why he goes out at night, in the cold, and practices his shot? Because he fucking cares!
And we aren't even going to get started on Reggie. You are telling us that a cat with the type of 'heart' and 'character' Reggie possesses (hey, you all know he broke his legs real, real, bad back in the day, right? And made it back to the team in like less than a year, right?) doesn't care? Right. And global warming is going to kill us all too.
Anyways. Brian Sutter doesn't believe in talent, and that's a shame.
Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias should be fired.