Calgary Flames general manager Darryl Sutter trades his own kid
There's nepotism and then there's Darryl Sutter, the general manager of the Calgary Flames.
He traded his son to another team.
Brett, who one week ago was jailed briefly after a fight outside an Arizona bar, and defenseman Ian White were shipped to the Hurricanes for defenseman Anton Babchuk and forward Tom Kostopoulos.
But before you applaud the blow Darryl Sutter struck against nepotism, note that he did hire his brother to be his coach, which means that Brett was the coach's nephew, too. In Carolina, Brett will join his younger cousin, alternate captain Brandon Sutter, who is Brent's son. Frankly, trying to keep track of the Sutters in hockey will make your hair hurt. Besides, this was strictly business, nothing personal, according to assistant GM Jay Feaster.
"One of the things that Darryl has always prided himself on is being able to separate out the personal relationship and the business aspect of what it is that we do," Feaster said. "We were in a situation where Brett was not playing, he was not able to crack the starting lineup and hadn't played in an extended period of time. ... It was a decision that was made ... in the best interest of the hockey club."
| November 18, 2010; 9:42 AM ET
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