AV is a good coach, but Suter is better, more experienced and much smarter.
Ya, he did such an outstanding job with Chicago, San Jose and the Flames. Oh, and it's Sutter, not Suter. He got lucky this time around and inherited a team dripping with talent. Everyone knows that LA had been woefully underperforming prior to his arrival.
His NHL coaching record prior to arriving in LA
CHI 199293 1st in Norris Lost in first round
CHI 199394 5th in Central Lost in first round
CHI 199495 3rd in Central Lost in third round
SJ 199798 4th in Pacific Lost in first round
SJ 199899 4th in Pacific Lost in first round
SJ 19992000 4th in Pacific Lost in second round
SJ 200001 2nd in Pacific Lost in first round
SJ 200102 1st in Pacific Lost in second round
SJ 200203 5th in Pacific Missed playoffs
CGY 200203 5th in Northwest Missed playoffs
CGY 200304 3rd in Northwest Lost in Stanley Cup final
CGY 200506 1st in Northwest Lost in first round
But I will give you the experience factor ... in 1st round exits anyway. In 12 years coaching in the NHL, he combined for 8 years of 1st round exits or missing the playoffs entirely (with this year still to be written).
Edited by Day one, 21 April 2012 - 12:11 PM.