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12-09-2012, 11:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post

I think it is important to hear each side of the story first, don't you? I mean I'm a huge hockey fan and this is the first I ever heard of this from Sutter. He isn't exactly an ex-teammate people speak ill about.
When Sutter was Devils coach, he had to answer questions from the media as to whether he was anti-European. He denied it of course:

Originally Posted by Mark Everson
With his world-wide prospects officially opening their bids for Devils jobs yesterday, coach Brent Sutter denied suggestions he leans toward North American players and away from Europeans.

"That's nonsense. That's not true," Sutter told The Post. "Decisions are made on players. It doesn't matter where they're from.

"It has zero to do with it. I look at the team. It doesn't matter what nationality they are. It's not true."

The whispers began when Sutter immediately stripped Patrik Elias of the captaincy last season, and grew louder when Karel Rachunek and Vitaly Vishnevski became afterthoughts on a so-so defense.

When Sergei Brylin left the team after 13 years to play in Russia, he suggested that the way he was used by Sutter was part of the reason for his departure.

Besides Elias, the Devils have Dainius Zubrus and Johnny Oduya as returning Europeans, while Bobby Holik was a summer signing, and Nicklas Bergfors, Petr Vrana, Fedor Fedorov and Anssi Salmela have legitimate shots at making the team.

Everson is known for stirring the pot, so take that into account.

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