Berube, who played for 17 seasons in the
"When I went to Calgary in December, [Berube] was still on that team and then I didn't play him that much," said Sutter, the
Sutter was proud of Berube when he was first elevated to head coach in Philadelphia in October after the
The Flyers, who play the visiting Kings on Monday, are the talk of the NHL and happen to be on a stellar run, having won five straight games. They've lost two games in March, once in regulation and the other in overtime.
"You want them young guys to do good. Not just come in and be a one- or two-year [coach]," Sutter said. "That's the problem in the NHL, a lot of these guys are given, well, not given but they get these head coaching opportunities. And they want the contract. So instead of taking the right situation, they just take the job
"…A head coach, you know the guys who are really strong bench coaches. You know the guys who are strong locker-room guys. You know those guys. There's only a handful of 'em."
Berube started his playing career with the Flyers. And as everyone knows: once a Flyer, always a Flyer.
"I had him at the end," Sutter said. "Ron and Richie [Sutter, brothers of the Kings coach], they moved all over, but they were Flyers. They were Flyers. A guy like (Berube), he'd been around.... To be elevated to that position from his own team, I'm proud of him."
He was sent to Columbus and played 39 games for the
Carter downplayed the looming game in Philadelphia.
"It is what it is. It's been three years since I left there," Carter said after the Kings' 4-0 win on Saturday against Florida.
"It's not a big deal, really. It's a big game for both teams. They've been playing real well and we've started to get things going here. It should be a lot of fun though."
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