When asked why Jonathan Huberdeau missed a couple of shifts in the first period of Saturday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames head coach Darryl Sutter gave a response that only Darryl Sutter could give.
In the Flames’ 3-2 loss to Edmonton, there was a little concern early that Huberdeau might have been dealing with an injury. He left the bench and missed a couple of shifts. As he went down the tunnel, the broadcast team on Hockey Night in Canada speculated that something might be up. Eventually, Huberdeau did return.
When asked after the game why he missed shifts, Huberdeau said his stomach hurt. When his coach was asked, Sutter responded, “I think he had to go take a shit.” Leave it to Sutter to be completely direct and not waste anyone’s time, clearing the air immediately, even if it might have been a tad embarrassing for his player.
Sutter is a legend. Reactions on social media to his response to the question are classic and it’s just one of the many reasons fans and reporters love him so much. He doesn’t beat around the bush, he’s not worried about the optics of how something might sound and he’s not going to sugarcoat anything just for the sake of being socially or politically correct. A reporter wanted to know, so Sutter told him.
Sutter is absolute gold. As someone on Twitter wrote, “Just give Daryl Sutter the Jack Adams Award now.” If the NHL ever produced a commercial for the most interesting coach in the world, Sutter is who they should cast. Sutter is the gift that keeps on giving.
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