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12-09-2012, 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Hobnobs View Post
Ah it was that long before the '02 season. I just re-read some old swedish hockey magazines thats why I remember. One had a big story about Elias and painted Sutter in some very bad and biggotary colours. Something I missed or forgot about since then.
Sutter's first move as head coach was to tell the media that he stripped Elias of his captaincy. Elias found out through the media.

It was a bush-league move by a bush-league coach and as much as I love Jarome Iginla, I'm happy that Sutter has found nothing but failure in Calgary.

And yes, there was definitely speculation among Devils fans that Sutter did not like European players and his treatment of Elias (who was basically a coach's dream before and after Sutter) was a part of it.

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