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Darryl Sutter resigns as Calgary Flames general manager

Darryl Sutter at 206 NHL Awards in Vancouver, BC (photo by Buchanan-Hermit via Wikipedia Commons)

Darryl Sutter, one of seven Sutter brothers to make it to the NHL, Brent, Brian, Duane, Rich, Ron and Gary, has resigned as general manager of the Calgary Flames.

The Flames are one of the worst team’s in the Western Conference in the first-third of the season.

Darryl leaves the Flames but two of his brothers are still employed by the team. Brent is the coach of the team and Duane is the team’s director of player personnel.

Assistant GM Jay Feaster has been promoted to acting general manager and be take over the responsibility for the daily hockey operations.

As of this writing, the Flames had a record of 16-18-3 and were fourth in the Northwest Division, five points ahead of last-place Edmonton.

The 52-year-old Sutter, joined Calgary in 2002 when he was hired as head coach. He became general manager the following year. He stepped down as head coach in 2006.

compiled from staff, NHL & Calgary Flames news

Blue Jackets jump on Calgary early, win 3-1

Jake Voracek (file photo)

The Columbus have had a tough December for the second year in a row and scoring goals have been at a premium, especially early goals.

Against the Calgary Flames, the Jackets scored first at 5:14 of the first period by right winger Jake Voracek. It helped Columbus win 3-1 before 12,443 fans at Nationwide Arena.

Jared Boll and Rostislav Klesla scored for the Jackets as well. The team’s new number-1 goalie Mathieu Garon helped the Jackets end the four-game losing streak and the 2-7-3 stretch. Garon made 29 saves.

The Blue Jackets, believe-it-or-not, are one of the NHL’s best teams when scoring first, 13-2-0 and one of the when when not scoing first, 4-11-3.

compiled from staff & Columbus Blue Jackets news

Blue Jackets comeback falls short in Calgary

Goalie Steve Mason was pulled after allowing two goals on first four shots by Calgary (file photo)

The Columbus Blue Jackets tried to get their three-game road trip to Western Canada off to a good start, but to no avail despite a nice comeback try in Calgary, Alberta.

Jarome Iginla’s goal off a rebound shot at 3:49 of overtime, his second goal of the game, gave the Calgary Flames a 3-2 overtime win over the Jackets in the Scotiabank Saddledome before a crowd of 19,289.

Columbus fought back hard after falling behind in the first 4:25 of the game, with goals from Antoine Vermette, a short-hander in the second period and a power-play goal from Rick Nash with 4;19 remaining in the third period.

Goaltender Steve Mason was pulled by head coach Scott Arniel after allowing two goals on Calgary’s first four shots. Backup Mathieu Garon did a solid job in relief, stopping 20 of 21 shots.

compiled from staff & Columbus Blue Jackets news

Inconsistent play at home keeping fans away; Jackets lose to Calgary (Friday)

New Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel is starting to see why fans in Columbus are taking a cautious approach to supporting the team.

Columbus lost Friday night to the Calgary Flames 6-2 before a crowd of 10,784 in Nationwide Arena.

The Blue Jackets looked bad against a Calgary team that was playing a rookie goaltender who was making his NHL debut and a team that was playing its third game in four nights.

Rene Bourque (NHL)

Jarome Iginla (NHL)

The only players who showed up to play were Derek MacKenzie, R.J. Umberger and Derek Dorsett. Speaking of Dorsett, he scored a goal and even had a fight with Calgary’s star player Jarome Iginla.

Jan Hejda also scored for the Blue Jackets.

The negatives included Columbus being 0 for 4 on the power play and only had 11 shots on goal after two periods.

Stars for the Flames were plenty. RW Rene Bourque scored three goals and had one assist; RW Jarome Iginla dished out three assists and rookie goaltender Henrik Karlsson befuddled the Jackets all night.

compiled from staff, Columbus Blue Jackets & Calgary Flames news

Pittsburgh and Calgary next in line for outdoor games

compiled from staff, wire and NHL news

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Calgary Flames will be playing outdoor games next season.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Friday from the Stanley Cup press conferences in Chicago that the Penguins will host the Washington Capitals at Heinz Field on New Year’s Day, the fourth game of the annual Winter Classic.

Gary Bettman NHL Commissioner (file)

Sidney Crosby and the Penguins played Buffalo in the first game of the Classic. Two seasons ago, the Chicago Blackhawks hosted the Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field. Last season, the Boston Bruins hosted the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park.

Bettman also announced that Calgary is expected to host the Montreal Canadiens at McMahon Stadium on February 20. Montreal played the Oilers in Edmonton in the 2003 Heritage Classic, the league’s first outdoor regular-season game.

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