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In Sutter, Flames (and fans) trust

Updated: January 23, 2006, 6:09 PM ET
By George Johnson | Special to ESPN.com

He's manipulative. Often infuriating. Single-minded. Overbearing. Demanding. Acerbic. Abrasive. Calculating. He does not suffer fools or slackers gladly.

But put aside the image for a moment; the checked shirts, cowboy kickers and that piece of wheat clenched firmly between his teeth.

"He may be a cowboy," cautions Calgary Flames assistant coach Jim Playfair. "But he's one smart cowboy."

Disregard the fact that he's never been presented with the Jack Adams Trophy ...

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