Please read this drivel before reading on:
Let me respond if I may do so.
I'd be a whole lot more comfortable with your reaction if everything you wrote was not an anti Calgary blog or you worked for a network that has a slew of Oiler fans working for it. First of all, and I know this might be hard to take, maybe the Devils don't care that Brent Sutter left! If Lou had not given permission do you think D.Sutter would come out and publicly crucify him? Come on. Lamerello could have just said no if he was that bothered by it and no one would be the wiser. Jim Kelly knows what is going on in Lou's head though!!
You quote their owner for saying it leaves a bad taste in his mouth, well he also stated that they had conversations throughout the year about him missing his family, not two days ago, not when Keenan got fired, but throughout the year. In case your head was stuck in your Oiler jersey Keenan was at the helm of the division leader for most of the year so it would make sense to think that Brent was leaving even if Keenan was still here.
Another reason you make me shake your head is the claim that Brent learned how to coach on the Devil's dime... They hired him!! They hired him because he could coach not because they wanted him to learn, you are totally backwards Jim!! Is your real name Kelly Jim and you are just confused? You should check.
Now comes the hilarious claim that the sutters have brought NO playoff success to Calgary and having a university trained specialist in nhl affairs say the opposite is wrong. Well Kelly Jim, I wish you had a little more schooling because before Sutter...WE HAD NO PLAYOFFS!! We were just like Edmonton!! You know that place where the longer you don't make the playoffs the more you get promoted, coach to g.m., g.m. to president. It's WEIRD you don't write about that! Why?? Well the answer is obvious, you're an Oiler fan, and I can respect Oiler fans, but not ones that just blind themselves.
A good point was that Brent has been bounced two years in a row from the playoffs in the first round but why ignore the fact he had the 4th best gaa team in the league, a year in which Broduer was injured for a very long time?! The thought there is if you put a coach like that on this team you will have more success, Jersey's d corps is not Calgary's. Calgary has two Olympic hopefuls on their d!! There's a difference!
I love how acquiring a first line center and a top 4 d man in your head is a "botched job", you know how many other teams were as tight to the cap Kelly Jim? Now check how many don't have a first line center. That's why you're a second rate on-line guy on the second rate sports network. Harsh...maybe, true? Absolutely.
Kipper came to camp last year in the best shape he has ever been in Kelly Jim, thanks for checking your facts, in fact most goalies get roasted when their team is not playing D in front of them...which is why Brent Sutter is here...that pesky low GAA thing you like to ignore. To call Curtis Mac not adequate is a bit harsh, in fact if you knew what you were talking about the consensus was that the team never scored in front of him. It's hard to win against in the NHL when you let in two goals and your team scores none. He will be played more to give Kipper more of a rest but to say that Kipper was played to get him into shape is laughable!!
Then Sutter should be fired in your opinion, for acquiring a Vezina goalie, signing all of his best players for lower than market value long term, acquiring a number one center and hiring a coach with an incredibly low GAA who is a winner because...the coach was his brother? In my opinion Jim there should be a firing and it's at sportsnet because the bloggers on here write better stuff than you daily big guy. Nice beard.