Darryl Sutter Flames New Coach

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Darryl Sutter was hired as the new coach of the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

Sutter was fired by the San Jose Sharks on Dec. 1 after an 8-12-2-2 start. He will make his debut with Calgary on Sunday night against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Calgary fired Greg Gilbert on Dec. 3. Gilbert was in his second full season as coach after taking over the team in March 2001, when Don Hay was fired.

Last season, Sutter became just the second coach in NHL history to guide his team to five consecutive seasons of point improvement and led the Sharks to a club record five consecutive playoff berths.

Sutter coached Chicago for three seasons from 1992-95 and reached the playoffs each year. He played eight seasons for the Blackhawks.

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