I'd be amazed if Sutter gave up his coaching role so quickly especially while the team is doing well. BUT, I would also be surprised if Maurice is unemployed for long. My guess.....he ends up in Columbus.
Jim Playfair is purportedly the next head-coach-to-be, and given his track record to date with the Saint John Flames and now the emergence of a solid defence corp which he helms, why should the Flames look outside the organization?
Jim Playfair is one of the team's best assets. Sutter would have tossed him when he took charge if it were otherwise.
If Playfair doesn't inherit the head coaching gig, trust me, other organizations will lure him away.