Darryl Sutter’s record as general manager is mixed. One of his top moves was acquiring goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff for a second-round draft pick in 2003 when the Finn was a backup in San Jose. Kiprusoff won the Vezina Trophy after the team’s Stanley Cup final run. He’s one of the league’s premier goaltenders.
There were other solid acquisitions: Rene Bourque, Daymond Langkow, Cory Sarich, David Moss, Mike Cammalleri.
Most of Sutter’s first-round draft picks, however, didn’t pan out. His multiplayer trades early this year have not had much impact. Sutter was unable to land a top center to complement captain and right wing Jarome Iginla.
As a player, Sutter was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 11th round in 1978. In 406 career games, he had 161 goals and 118 assists. He had 24 goals and 19 assists in 51 playoff games. He retired after the 1986-87 season.