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NHL Rumors: Oilers pres doesn't see why Brent Sutter wouldn't want to coach there

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com
Sutter missed the playoffs all three seasons in CGY but reached at least 90 points each season. (Getty Images)

Brent Sutter and the Calgary Flames parted ways mutually after this season ended without a trip to the postseason. The Edmonton Oilers let go of their coach Tom Renney a few weeks after the season ended.

You might see where this is headed ...

Here's Oilers president Kevin Lowe to the Canadian Press:

"But more importantly, with the sacredness of the world championships and everything it means, he didn't need any distractions. He'd just come from the Flames, making the mutual decision that he wasn't going to continue to work with them, and he had a new coaching staff and team to learn in a short time."

But, he added "I don't see why he wouldn't want to coach the Oilers."

Many names have been put forward, including Oilers assistant Ralph Kruger, veteran coach Marc Crawford and Jon Cooper, who was named AHL coach of the year with Norfolk.

Lowe said he had no announcement to make, but said ideally a coach will be named before the NHL draft in June.

Bill Beacon, Canadian Press

Well that would just fit in so well with the Battle of Alberta rivalry, now wouldn't it? A coach going from one side to the other in the offseason? From that regard alone I kind of hope it happens.

It's hard not to come away with the impression that Lowe's first choice would be Sutter, so that seems to clear it up from the Edmonton angle. Despite missing the playoffs this season, most people still feel that Sutter is a good coach, he had to play the hand he was dealt in Calgary. It seems that it would come down to whether or not Sutter would want to go to the Oilers and why not? The future is very, very exciting. Perhaps he can reap the benefits of the years of struggle.

If it does end up happening, I wonder what the Flames Twitter account would have to say then.

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