New Word in Calgary - "Sutter-ization"

No more of the pillow-soft, irresponsible hockey of yesteryear. Darryl Sutter is helping mold the shape of the new Flames.

Darryl Sutter's influence on the Calgary hockey scene transcends his title as head coach.

More like assistant general manager to Brad Treliving whose track record puts him continent's away from the annual G.M. Award.

Treliving is the guy who hired Sutter for a playoff drive this past season. After an energetic start, the Flames motor sputtered and the team wound up outside, looking in once more.

Whether this was Darryl's fault or Brad's fault -- or both were culprits -- is less important than this fact: The Flames must be revived.

Think about it, now we're into eight seasons since the recent core group of Flames were established, dating back to 2013-14 when Mark Giordano was named captain.

Since then Calgary's favorite hockey team has accomplished a grand total of one series victory in four playoff appearances. Hence: The Flames must be revived. But how?

According to TSN's Flames beat man, Salim Vali, the new theme is "Sutter-ization," and I'm not making it up either. Translated, it goes as follows:

No more of the pillow-soft, irresponsible hockey of yesteryear. The new improved Flames will be physical, disciplined, defensively responsible, competitive and gritty.

And that's not meant to be an Alberta joke.

But Sutter-ization cannot be accomplished by Darryl magic alone. And that's where Treliving is The Man.

To produce a Sutter kind of tough-love, Brad has imported a number of meaningful additions, starting with the amazing Blake Coleman. 

Although the once third-string Lightning left wing is turning 30, he was gifted with a six-year deal worth $29.4 million; and that's not Monopoly money either. In addition to liking the moolah, Blake also had this to say:

"There's a lot to like about Calgary and, as for me, I can slot up and down the lineup."

He's an honest hockey player and will be an asset, but he's not the only element in the "Sutter-ization."

Treleving also has added Trevor Lewis who won a pair of Cups under Sutter in Los Angeles. "Versatility," says Lewis, "is part of my game."

Which means that -- with the much-versatile Coleman, the Flames will be overflowing with versatility. 

Ah, but that's not all. Defenseman Nikita Zadorov was imported from Chicago, goalie Dan Vlader from Boston and forward Tyler Pitlick out of Seattle.

The Sutter-type bodies will be there and, knowing Coleman from his Devils days, he'll be a help. What is to be under review later is whether the quantity equates with quality which equates with a playoff berth.

All Calgary has for the moment is a nifty buzzword "Sutter-ization." 

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