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April 15, 2012 | 10:12am ET
Are the Oilers eyeing Sutter?

With hiring former Calgary Flames coach Brent Sutter set to be behind the bench of the Canadian national team at the World championships next month, several rumors began erupting that the Oilers might be watching closely.

According to the Edmonton Journal, Team Canada GM Kevin Lowe, who is also the President of Hockey Operations for the Oilers, could use this opportunity to take a first-hand look at how Sutter operates as a coach.

Sutter could potentially replace Tom Renney after coaching Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Devan Dubnyk at the Worlds.

However, Oilers GM Steve Tambellini's reason for not deciding on Renney's future sooner than later could be to wait and find out who might be available after the first few rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

"I don't want to sit here and say I'll be coaching in the National Hockey League next season,” Sutter said. "Because that would mean somebody would lose their job. I don't want to see any of the other 29 coaches lose their jobs. That's not fair."

Speculation first suggested that Sutter and Flames GM Jay Feaster had "philosophical differences," which would lead many to believe he wanted the roster to go young and Feaster didn't.

Though Sutter categorically denied the rumor, it is easy to believe that he could find an interesting fit with the Oilers, who have embarked on a rebuild a few seasons ago, and could continue in that direction after winning the Draft lottery for the third time in a row.

"There's two different scenarios. The one in Edmonton and the one in Calgary," Sutter said. "The Oilers have been able to bring elite players into the lineup -- Nugent-Hopkins, (Taylor) Hall, Jordan Eberle. They're immediately NHL players. The Flames have gone about it differently. That doesn't say one is the right way or the wrong way."

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