Red Deer Rebels owner and GM Brent Sutter decided his club is better fit with him behind the bench on Wednesday as he fired long-time bench-boss Jesse Wallin and took over his duties as interim head coach.
It is tough to say whether Sutter made this decision because he wasn't happy with Wallin's coaching tactics or if he was eager to get back behind the bench. It seems it could be a combination of the two.
Wallin's time in Red Deer had more downs than ups. The Rebels were better than .500 only two of his five years behind the bench. His best season was in 2010-11 when his club finished first in the Central Division with 104 points. Red Deer did, however, come up short in the playoffs by losing out to the Medicine Hat Tigers in the Eastern Conference's semi-final. One has to keep in mind Wallin had Edmonton Oilers star Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Minnesota Wild puck-stopper prospect Darcy Kuemper, who maintained a 1.86 average and .933 save percentage, in his arsenal that year.
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