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Calgary Flames Sign Coach to Extension

The Calgary Flames signed head coach Darryl Sutter to a multi-year deal on Saturday. Sutter was in the final year of his contract heading into the 2022-23 season. The Flames sign Sutter after a very impressive 2021-22 season.

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A day after signing defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, Flames general manager Brad Treliving locked up Darryl Sutter to coach for the foreseeable future. Sutter led Calgary to a 50-21-11 record for 111 points last season, finishing first in the Pacific Division. He has a 65-36-11 record since signing with the Flames during the 2020-21 season.

“I think first off, Brad [Treliving] and I talked about it all summer,” Sutter said. “The plan was to get our players taken care of. Talk to him and (owner) Murray (Edwards), and it’s not that hard to figure out. It’s still the basis of what I said when I came here. Good team. Good city. Good owners. It wasn’t that hard.”

This is Sutter’s second reign as Flames head coach. He was first hired by Calgary midway through the 2002-03 season after being fired by the San Jose Sharks. Sutter took the 2003-04 Flames to the Stanley Cup Final but lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was fired following the 2005-06 season after the team lost in the first round of the playoffs to an underdog Anaheim Ducks team.

Sutter is entering his 21st year of head coaching in the NHL. His overall coaching record is 699-503-94 with 101 ties. He has coached the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Los Angelos Kings, and Calgary Flames. Sutter won two Stanley Cups as coach of the Kings.

“That’s our coach! The Flames have announced a multi-year contract extension for Darryl Sutter,” Calgary’s official Twitter page read. 

What This Means for the Future

After enjoying a historic season, the Calgary Flames look to recreate the magic of 2021-22. The team’s management fully trusts Sutter, and he has, without question, turned the franchise into a legit Cup contender. Treliving called the Sutter signing a “no-brainer.” With the acquisition of Jonathan Huberdeau, among others, this offseason Treliving and the Flames are doubling down on their playoff window.

Sutter ranks 11th in all-time wins as a head coach. He will likely pass Mike Babcock and Alain Vigneault this season and firmly entrench himself inside the top ten.


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