Hockey: Sutter resigns as Devils coach

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NEWARK, N.J. – Brent Sutter has resigned as the coach of the New Jersey Devils after just two seasons.

Sutter on Tuesday cited family reasons in making the decision, saying the Devils’ crushing loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series had nothing to do with it.

“I resigned my position as head coach and if there is anything that needs to be done I’ll be there for them,” said Sutter, who had a year left on his contract.

New Jersey, which won its seventh Atlantic Division title in 12 years this past spring, gave two goals in the final 80 seconds in losing 4-3.

Sutter was said to be longing for his home in Red Deer, Alberta, after the playoffs ended.

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