Ryan Leslie comes to Ken Reid to discuss the flames that are firing Geoff Ward and bringing in Darryl Sutter

CALGARY – The Calgary Flames have reinstated the coach who gave the organization its biggest playoff success since winning the Stanley Cup in 1989

The Flames announced the hiring of Darryl Sutter and the sacking of Geoff Ward about an hour after Calgary’s 7-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night

Sutter trained the Flames from 2002 to 2006 and was General Manager of the team from 2003 to 2010

The 62-year-old from Viking, Alta led Calgary to the Stanley Cup final in 2004 when the Flames lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning

The Flames was 11-11-2 this season under Ward, who took over as interim coach when Bill Peters stepped down in November 2019. The interim tag was removed from Ward’s title in September

The Flames are two points behind fourth-placed Montreal Canadiens in the all-Canadian North Division. The Habs fired Claude Julien last week, replacing him with Dominique Ducharme, the only other coaching change in the NHL this season

Calgary Coaching Carousel Continues Sutter is the fourth head coach General Manager Brad Treliving has hired in the past five years

Sutter coached the Los Angeles Kings from 2011 to 2017 and won the Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014. Most recently, he was an advisor to the Anaheim Ducks coaching staff

Sutter has 18 years of experience as a head coach in the NHL with Chicago, San Jose, Calgary and Los Angeles. His coaching record of 634-467-101-83 is 17th All-time place in NHL victories

A 500 team, when Peter resigned on charges of making racist comments to a player in the minor leagues a decade ago, the Flames recovered from the controversy and went 25-15-3 for a 616 percent profit

Calgary beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 in a best-of-five qualifying series to advance in the Western Conference playoffs in Edmonton last summer

The Dallas Stars rebounded the Flames from the first round of the playoffs in six games. Calgary imploded in Game 6, allowing seven goals in a row after leading 3-0

He scored 161 goals and had 118 assists in 406 regular season games and 43 points in 51 playoff games

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Darryl Sutter

World News – CA – Flames Fire head coach Geoff Ward, hire Darryl Sutter as a replacement

Source: https://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/article/flames-fire-head-coach-geoff-ward-hire-darryl-sutter-replacement/