These days, when Dean Lombardi speaks with Darryl Sutter, the former general manager is normally in the middle of a cattle ranch at his Idaho ranch. He wants to let his former trainer know that he could also do breeding.
“I’ll be like, ‘Look man, I’m riding past you and moving 400 head of cattle right now, so don’t tell me you’ve got anything on me,'” Lombardi laughed over the phone. . “That’s where the competition is now.”
The rancher’s coach is back behind an NHL bench. Sutter, 62, steps behind the Flames bench for the first time Thursday night.
“Good for (Flames GM) Brad Treliving, he may have just saved his season,” Lombardi said. “You don’t really know what’s going on in their room, do you?” But from the outside, I feel like the Flames just hired the perfect guy.
Almost a decade ago, in December 2011, Lombardi, then general manager of the Los Angeles Kings, hired Sutter as head coach in a mid-season move that ultimately resulted in a Stanley Cup championship. six months later. And another in 2014.
Underperforming Flames can use any type of shock now.
“I saw this news and I was pretty excited,” former Kings winger Justin Williams said. “Obviously the opportunity had to be perfect for him to get the upper hand.