GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 01: Head coach Brent Sutter of the Calgary Flames directs his team during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on March 1, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The Calgary Flames and head coach Brent Sutter have agreed to "conclude" his coaching duties. Assistant coach Dave Lowry is also on the way out.
Brent Sutter is no longer the head coach of the Calgary Flames. The team announced Thursday afternoon that ... well, their statement was so polite that we're going to quote it so you believe us.
The Calgary Flames announced today that Brent Sutter and the organization have reached a mutual agreement to conclude coaching duties. In addition, the contract of assistant coach Dave Lowry will not be renewed.
"Conclude coaching duties." Now, Sutter technically wasn't fired, as his contract was up following this season, but in his season-ending press conference earlier in the week, Sutter seemed to express a desire to continue coaching. It wasn't obvious -- he emphasized the need for changes-- but he mentioned that he still has a passion for the job and wants to succeed at the highest level.
In any event, Sutter is gone, as is assistant coach Dave Lowry. The search begins for a new head coach in Calgary, and general manager Jay Feaster has given himself a few months until the draft and free agency open to get that candidate in place.
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