Abbotsford, BC – It was an eventful day in Abbotsford Tuesday as the Heat got together for their second practice since the holiday break.
Noticeably absent at the start of today’s session was head coach Jim Playfair who, we’d later find out, was receiving the news that Flames GM Darryl Sutter had stepped down in Calgary.
“I’ve got a long history with Darryl, my history goes back to when I was a player and I played for Darryl,” Playfair said. “I was a captain with him and we won a championship together.
“My coaching career (began) basically when Darryl came (to Calgary) – I’m sure it’s a tough day for the organization as they’ve decided they wanted to make a change. I think everybody has to re-evaluate where they are.”
Playfair coached the Flames to a 43-29-10 record during the 2006-07 season and in a season and a half with Calgary’s top affiliate he has a 55-43-6 record.
“I think with a new general manager in place he has ideas on what to expect and what he’d like to see in certain players,” said Playfair of the impact today’s news could have on his team. “The immediate adjustment (in Abbotsford) is nothing I don’t think.”
Playfair is no stranger to Jay Feaster.
“He’s renting my house (in Calgary) so I have to stay on good terms with him,” he joked.