Reports: Brent Sutter to Flames

Updated: June 23, 2009, 12:16 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Brent Sutter is expected to be named Calgary Flames head coach, several media outlets reported.

Though the initial reports said an announcement could come as early as Sunday, no word had arrived by late Monday night.

Sutter, whose brother Darryl is the Flames' general manager, stepped down as coach of the New Jersey Devils for family reasons in early June with a year left on his contract. Darryl had to get permission from Devils GM Lou Lamoriello to speak to Brent, TSN reported.

When Darryl fired Mike Keenan in late May, he said he wanted a coach in place by the NHL entry draft, which begins Friday.

Brent would be the third of the Sutter brothers -- following Brian and Darryl -- to coach the Flames.

The job would suit Sutter because he still could be close to his family and farm, just northwest of Red Deer, Alberta, as well as the Western Hockey League team he owns, the Red Deer Rebels.