The Calgary Flames have fired head coach Darryl Sutter after a disastrous season that saw the team miss the playoffs despite significant roster additions during the summer. Sutter, who had two years remaining on an extension signed back in 2022, was set to earn $4 million per year starting in the 2023-2024 season.
The Flames’ offseason acquisitions included Stanley Cup champion Nazem Kadri and 100+ point season player Jonathan Huberdeau. Both players, however, struggled to find their footing under Sutter’s leadership during their first season with the Flames. The team finished ninth in the Western Conference, tallying 38 wins in 82 games played, with losing records both at home and away. Their goal differential was a mere +8, and they ended the season with 93 points, an 18-point drop from their previous campaign.
Rumors circulated that several players were unhappy with Sutter’s coaching style, with some even suggesting they no longer wanted to play for the Flames under his direction. While these rumors remain unconfirmed, the team’s decision to part ways with Sutter indicates a desire for a fresh start and a new direction.
As the Calgary Flames look to rebuild and regroup for the upcoming season, the search for a new head coach will be crucial in determining the team’s future success. With talented players like Kadri and Huberdeau on the roster, the Flames have the potential for greatness, but it will take the right leader to help them reach their full potential.