Monday, May 14, 2012

Is This Something?

An article went up on SNET today. Here is the link.

It is about Brent Sutter. But the article is written as a sort of compare and contrast with his time with the Flames. The first line of the thing is: "Brent Sutter has completely moved on."

Hmm. Then, just in case you didn't get it, they hammer smash the reader with this flashing neon sign:
"There's been an undeniable enthusiasm radiating from Canada's coach throughout the IIHF World Hockey Championship -- a job opportunity that came directly on the heels of a mutual decision to part ways with the Calgary Flames last month."
So this article, and the stuff in the article, is going to be about what Sutter finds different about coaching the IIHF team compared to the team he used to coach, the Calgary Flames.

And the quote most people will key on is probably this one:
"With everything that happened there so quickly (it was good) to get away from it and come over and coach a team that's about all the right things. These guys have all jelled together as a team, the leaders are tremendous team guys, it's a talented group, it's a young group with some experience on it that knows how to win."
For fairly obvious reasons. There is a section of the fanbase who thinks the players on this team, and by that I mean Jarome Iginla, do not care about winning, and the lack of 'leadership' is one of the reasons this team loses. Why these people excuse managements inability to build a competitive roster and instead blame the hero of the 2004 Cup run for not scoring 60 goals at the age of 34 is beyond me.

(Sure, I'll be even more blunt, why not. I'm going to bold the important part of the quote I just listed. Before I start, guess how many bolds I will have. Guess where they are going to go. It's easy. Ready?
"With everything that happened there so quickly (it was good) to get away from it and come over and coach a team that's about all the right things. These guys have all jelled together as a team, the leaders are tremendous team guys, it's a talented group, it's a young group with some experience on it that knows how to win."
Did you guess right? Did you have 'It's a talented group with some experience'? If not, you may be Eric Francis.)

For those of us who wonder about the management of this team, and how it is that a team with a future Hall of Fame winger and a Vezina trophy winning goaltender on it has only ever made it out of the first round of the playoffs one time (in the teams current formulation), there is another quote in the article that is a little more...meaty.

Well, it's a quote, and it is some of the author of the article doing some scene setting:
On a number of occasions, he has raved about the experience of working with Hockey Canada's impressive management team, which includes Edmonton Oilers president Kevin Lowe, Toronto Maple Leafs director of hockey operations Dave Nonis and four NHL general managers: Peter Chiarelli (Boston), Steve Yzerman (Tampa), Ken Holland (Detroit) and Doug Armstrong (St. Louis).

"It's been first class all the way," said Sutter. "All of these guys have had success. At some point in time in their career, they've won and they know what it takes. ... There's no insecurity involved -- everything is about trust.

"It's been really good. When you're on good teams and teams that won, those things are huge for you."
This intrigues me. BOMBSHELL ALERT!

First, Kevin Lowe is going to want to have that paragraph frames, because you don't often see his name preceded by the words 'impressive management'. Second, somebody pull Sutter off of the Flames front office. This is what, the second time in as many weeks he has gone and taken a swing at the organization? He's going all Dome Beers with it.

But let's look at that quote: "All of these guys have had success. At some point in time in their career, they've won and they know what it takes. ... There's no insecurity involved -- everything is about trust. It's been really good. When you're on good teams and teams that won, those things are huge for you.". 

I mean, that is big. Hey, who is that guy that keeps pushing the storyline that the Flames have a huge trust deficit within the organization, and that is one of the reasons the club is run so magnificently? Oh right, that would be me. Well, me and Brent Sutter, I guess. But who is counting.

(For the record, to me, the 'There's no insecurity involved' is really, really big. Because we have all heard the rumours of King boasting about how he could be the (titular as opposed to de facto) GM himself, etc. But beyond that, the organization is selling a whole new 'consensus' approach to management. Which I always thought was a little fairy-tale-ish myself, having observed how people operate in offices, especially when prestige and reputation are up for grabs. And the silliness of that notion (or more accurately, the implementation of that notion) seems to be something Brent Sutter, much closer to the situation than I, picked up on too.

Or to put in in another way: After observing Ken King for three years, Kevin Lowe is impressing Brent Sutter.)

Furthermore, I think Peter Loubardias Ken King should be fired.

1 comment:

  1. If you pick and choose the moments in time nearly everyone can look good. The Dutter that traded for Kipper looks pretty good as does the Lowe that got Pronger, Spacek, Samsonov, Peca, Tarnstrom and Oates over 2004-2006. The whole body fo work for each of them is pretty bad though.

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