As expected, former Devils coach Brent Sutter was named the new head coach of the Flames at a news conference this afternoon in Calgary.
Sutter stepped down as head coach of the Devils only two weeks ago so he could be closer to his family and business interests in Red Deer, Alberta. Calgary is approximately 90 minutes south of Red Deer.
In Calgary, Sutter joins his older brother Darryl, who is the Flames general manager. Brent Sutter had one year remaining on his contract in New Jersey, so the Flames needed to receive permission general manager Lou Lamoriello before speaking to him and hiring him.
Darryl Sutter said the Flames gave up no compensation to hire or speak to Brent Sutter.
"I called Lou and asked for permission to talk to him and that was June 12," Darryl Sutter said. "I talked to Lou this morning about it and moved forward."
Brent Sutter insisted that there was no communication between him and his brother Darryl about the Flames' job before Darryl received permission to speak to him on June 12 -- three days after he announced his resignation from the Devils.
Dave Lowry, Ryan McGill and Jamie McLennan were named assistant coaches.