Sutter demanding sacrifice in Calgary

Updated: November 23, 2011, 2:11 PM ET
By Craig Custance

The first thing Brent Sutter did was apologize. Sutter wanted to make sure there were no hard feelings among the Calgary media after an extended postgame team meeting delayed the media availability the night before. All was forgiven.

Then, after a Tuesday afternoon practice in Detroit, Sutter spent 20 minutes trying to articulate exactly why his Calgary Flames haven't been able to string together wins consistently this season. After two full seasons behind the bench, Sutter still doesn't have a total, consistent buy-in from some of the most important players on the team. He still sees too many guys reverting to the bad habits he's been out to break since he was hired in June 2009.

Sutter is looking for more individual sacrifice for the good of the team from his players and isn't getting enough of it.

"To be quite honest, I'm not asking anymore. I'm demanding it has to be done," Sutter said. "That's the bottom line. It's been something that has been ongoing. It's something since day one coming here I noticed it."