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Coach: Tough day for organization

by Kristi Hennessy / Calgary Flames

Head coach Brent Sutter faced some tough, but obvious questions Tuesday in the wake of his brother resigning as the Calgary Flames general manager.

"It's obviously a tough day for everyone inside the organization, me included," said Sutter. "It's never easy to see things like this happen. I've owned my own organization too, and I understand the dynamics and how everything works but it's never easy to see anyone leaving."

Not too long ago, there were rumours flying that the dynamics between Brent, the coach,  and GM Darryl Sutter were not great.  Brent assured media Tuesday that those rumours were not true. The relationship between the two was blown out of perspective and the media and fans need to understand that.

"What happens internal should stay internal," Sutter continued. "There are things that were said on the outside that weren't true and Darryl and I just left it that way but he's my brother. It's not easy to see this happen. I was hired here to coach the team by management and by Mr. King and I'll continue to do so."

Sutter has mentioned in previous press conferences that his relationship with Jay Feaster is very strong.

"Darryl formed a tremendous foundation here and now there's some walls that have to be built on top of that," explained Sutter. "Yes, myself and Jay's relationship is very good. We have strong communication and our beliefs and how to move forward and how you want to build a winning team is certainly on the same page."

News aside, what does a head coach focus on moving forward with a new general manager?

"As a coach I'm still focused on the group we have here and what we have to do to get to where we want to get to," said Sutter. "That didn't derail at all today with the news. My job is still to coach this team and these are the players. We've been through some tremendous adversity here in the past year and a half or whatever it's been and we have to continue to stay focused and work ourselves through it and stay shoulder to shoulder. That's important for the group and the coaches to continue to do so."

Sutter reiterated that the Sutter family, from a young age, have learned to separate hockey and the business of hockey, from family.

"Darryl was our general manager and also my brother. Sometimes people have a hard time understanding that the one thing that we've all been able to do is separate that when it comes to this game and the sport. Darryl was the general manager and I am the head coach. As far as the family and the brother thing, we separate that really good. We learned that at a young age. I know that it's hard for the people on the outside to see that but my name just happens to have the same last name as Darryl's."

Brent boasts about what Darryl has done for this organization and this seems to be the feeling across the board in and out of the dressing room.

"Darryl has done a heck of a lot for this organization," said Sutter. "You think to where it was at in 2002 and the strides it's taken and where we're at today and the strides that we obviously need to do to move forward to get better. But he was instrumental with a lot of the things that we need to give him credit for."

Sutter feels that communication is the number one key to any successful organization. If you have everything out on the table, things will eventually move forward, together.

"It's really important, for any organization to be successful and have success, the communication within is huge. You're not always going to agree but there has to be a process that when you leave a room, you all understand you are on the same page of what has to be done. Jay is a great communicator and I believe that I am too and we certainly communicate well with one another and I have a lot of respect for Jay.

"It doesn't make it any easier with what happened today. We'll move forward and none of us should forget what Darryl has done here as far as the building blocks to get this thing from where it was in 2002 to where it is today."

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