Flames succeed under Sutter’s Tough Love coaching style

Press conferences with Darryl Sutter are usually very serious and direct affairs, but the one on February 16 featured a rare moment of levity. Right in the middle of the Calgary Flames’ franchise-record 10-game winning streak, a reporter asked the head coach how he kept his team from feeling too good about themselves during a long warm-up. Without a moment’s hesitation, Sutter replied, “Oh, I’m good at that.”

The half-serious, half-joking response had the audience laughing, but make no mistake – the Flames coach wasn’t about to pump anyone’s tires for stringing together regular season wins . He’s a man on a mission, and he knows giving easy compliments isn’t the way to get his team over the playoff hump.

Sutter has established a culture of responsibility

Sometimes a team’s star player can be immune to criticism from the coach, but Sutter proved no one is entitled to a bye when he took the reins in Calgary a year ago. barely a year. Just weeks into his second go-around as Flames head coach, a reporter asked him what he thought of Johnny Gaudreau dressing up for his 500th career NHL game.