I don’t know which Hanson brother Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli gets the biggest kick out of, or which of the Three Stooges is his favorites, but there’s no doubt which member of hockey’s unofficial royal family, the Sutters, he fancies the most.
After he acquired defenseman Steve Montador in a trade today to run the Bruins’ total of members of Calgary’s ’04 Stanley Cup finalist team to four (adding Montador to Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ference and Stephane Yelle), Chiarelli made it quite clear the admiration he holds for that team’s head coach/architect Darryl Sutter.
“Certainly, I like Darryl Sutter. I liked him as a player, I like him as a person, I like him as a GM,” said Chiarelli of Sutter, who is still the Flames’ GM. “And I’ve always watched him coach and build teams, and he likes players that are like him. And they’re players that … parts those players form good players that are Boston Bruins type of players.
“They had a real hard team (in ’04) and certainly when you go over and watch those players with that team, and you see these guys the way they compete and just play all out all the time. That’s the type of players that we want.”
With Brent coaching one of the Bruins’ fiercest competitors this season down in New Jersey, he was obviously out of the running. Hopefully Brian and the rest of the Sutters won’t be too offended.