After a another disappointing season, the Calgary Flames decided to part ways with head coach Brent Sutter Thursday.
In a rare occurrence, the two sides came to a mutual agreement to go their separate ways following a meeting between general manager Jay Feaster and Sutter, whose contract was to expire at the end of June.
Although Sutter concludes his tenure as Flames coach with a decent 118-90-38 record overall, the Flames narrowly missed the postseason in all three years under his watch. With an aging roster and the team primed for a rebuild, it was evident that Flames wanted to go in a new direction.
“It’s not an easy day,” said Feaster. “It’s beyond just the fact that we’re both on the page that we need youth and enthusiasm and all those things. The one thing I want to make clear is this is not about fault or blame or finger pointing.”
Coincidentally, Sutter was hired by the Flames in June 2009 when brother Darryl was the GM. Feaster replaced Darryl Sutter in December 2010.