Sutter, who coached the Flames from 2002 to 2006 and was the team's general manager from 2003 to 2010, agreed to a three-year deal, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun.
Darryl Sutter, who led the Flames to the Stanley Cup Final in 2004, is returning as head coach in Calgary after the team fired Geoff Ward on Thursday.
Sutter, who coached the Flames from 2002 to 2006 and was the team's general manager from 2003 to 2010, agreed to a three-year deal, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. The announcement came after Calgary's 7-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.
Ward took over as interim head coach after Bill Peters was fired in 2019 and was given the full-time job in September. He led the Flames to an 11-11-2 record this season. They are fifth in the North Division, two points back of Montreal.
Sutter, 62, has a 634-467-101-83 record in 18 seasons as an NHL head coach for Chicago, San Jose, Calgary and Los Angeles. He led the Kings to Stanley Cup titles in 2012 and 2014. In the 2004 final, the Flames lost to the Lightning in seven games.
Hailey Salvian, Flames beat writer: Rarely does a coach go out on a winning note — with the Flames beating the Ottawa Senators 7-3 Thursday night — but things have gotten desperate in Calgary.
The win only brought the team to a .500 record (11-11-2), and they still sit fifth in the North Division among seven teams. The Flames had lofty expectations heading into the season, but they've been spinning their wheels since the first drop of the puck. They've been inconsistent, which has generated some talk about complacency among the group and their lack of execution.
This team was underachieving too much to continue the way that it was. And typically, in this scenario, the coach is the first to fall on the sword, whether it's deserved or not.
Scott Burnside, senior NHL writer: When Los Angeles hired Sutter away from his farm near Red Deer, Alberta, midway through the 2011-12 season, I loudly pooh-poohed the move. A tired, unimaginative hire I suggested. A few months later the Kings won their first-ever Cup and would do so again two years later with Sutter at the helm.
There are similarities to the state of the Flames Sutter returns to coach a second time. This is a talented roster lacking direction and a firm hand. Sutter is such a hand. Players will play right for Sutter or they’ll be gone. Our guess is they’ll play right.
Salvian: Sutter has a reputation as a hard-nosed, no-nonsense coach with an impressive resume. He hasn't coached with the Flames since 2006, and only two players currently on the roster would have played under Sutter — Mark Giordano and Mikael Backlund (albeit when Sutter was GM).
This time around will probably be somewhat similar, given Sutter's consistency in giving his teams a hard-working identity. His approach from 2006 will certainly (or rather hopefully) have softened a bit, as the times and the game have changed.
But we can still expect a culture and the working conditions to change quickly in Calgary. There’s going to be more accountability. There is going to be an identity. And these players are going to know exactly where they stand. Giordano will be able to attest to that.Flames fire Geoff Ward, name Darryl Sutter new head coach - The Athletic View Story