-- Some might've called it a diatribe. Others may have described it as a long, slow burn.
In reality, Calgary Flames
coach Brent Sutter
's impassioned 20-minute post-practice media session on Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena was both of those things -- and then some. In fact, fictitious sports agent Jerry Maguire might even call it a "mission statement," because a sizeable part of it was that, too.
It consisted of about 3,500 words, sounded at times like a self-empowerment speech and likely included the word "team" at least a couple hundred times. It also included a definitive statement that illustrated Sutter's – and the Flames' front office – frustration with the lingering struggle against complacency that has Calgary (8-10-1) sitting 13th in the Western Conference with nearly a quarter of the season gone.
"You have to sacrifice a little bit for the betterment of (the team), and that's what we're asking the whole group to do and that's what we need to do," said Sutter, a full 13 minutes into his "greater good" mantra. "To be quite honest, I'm not asking them to do it anymore. I'm demanding it has to be done. And that's just the bottom line, because it's been something that has been ongoing. Since Day One coming here I noticed it and I told (reporters) that (Monday) night – and we have to cure it. It's the only way that we cure that."