September 10, 2013 |
Darryl Sutter and Bruce Boudreau have so firmly established themselves on the local hockey scene that it's easy to forget how briefly the two coaches have been here. Sutter, known for his exacting manner and bitter-beer-face expression, succeeded Terry Murray on Dec. 20, 2011 and earned sainthood in the eyes of Kings fans for guiding the team to its first Stanley Cup championship six months later. Boudreau, who became a cult figure for his animated and often profane behavior on HBO's "24/7" series while coaching the Washington Capitals, succeeded the dour Randy Carlyle on Nov. 30, 2011.
June 23, 2013 |
Add Kings Coach Darryl Sutter to the significant list of wounded Kings. Even he was fighting through an injury during the long-and-winding and grueling playoff run to the Western Conference Final. Unlike his players, Sutter was hurt long before the shortened season started. He finally had double-hernia surgery after the Kings were eliminated by the Blackhawks, and, in fact, had it repaired, robotically. CBS TV, locally, reported last week on the Da Vinci robotic surgical system and Sutter's recent procedure . His boss, Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi, joked about Sutter's legendary stubbornness.
June 10, 2013 |
Soon after the Kings' chartered plane pointed its nose westward from Chicago, scene of their season-ending loss to the Blackhawks on Saturday in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, Coach Darryl Sutter began getting ready to open training camp on Sept. 11. Leaving others to analyze why the team's Stanley Cup reign has ended, Sutter has turned to preparing for what the Kings might accomplish next season if their promising kids get stronger and fitter and everyone is healthy. "I started doing it on the plane ride home the other night," he said Monday.
June 3, 2013 |
The numbers are far too low for players who jointly led the NHL in playoff scoring last year. Kings center Anze Kopitar has one goal in his last 11 games, and linemate Dustin Brown has scored once in the last seven. "I think it"s pretty fair to say, as a line, we're collectively in a slump," Brown said Monday. That was in answer to a question about Kopitar's slump, and Kings Coach Darryl Sutter fielded more questions about his struggling center. "I'm sure he's frustrated," Sutter said.
May 31, 2013 |
CHICAGO - It wasn't long ago that the Kings' Jonathan Quick had to listen and, presumably, read about all the other great goaltenders in the NHL. Especially from Kings Coach Darryl Sutter. Sutter raved about the All-Star goalie from his Calgary days, Miikka Kiprusoff, and made comparisons last season between Kiprusoff and Quick, suggesting Quick still had to prove his worth over a period of time. Again, last season, he shrewdly engaged in more motivational tactics with Quick, using the Sharks' Antti Niemi as the impetus.
May 30, 2013 |
Kings Coach Darryl Sutter, schooled deeply in Chicago Blackhawks tradition, summed up his years there in about a 15-second sound bite, managing to cover it quite succinctly. “Young guy. Old guy. Single guy. Married guy. With children,” Sutter said on Thursday about his life changes in Chicago. Then he moved from his personal history to the rich Chicago sporting landscape. “Lots of sports,” he said. “Two baseball teams. Football team. Got great basketball team.
May 22, 2013 |
Anze Kopitar suspected something might be up. In two games at San Jose the Kings had scored two goals and lost twice to the Sharks, dropping into a 2-2 tie in the teams' Western Conference semifinal playoff series. The Kings perfected the art of playing taut, low-scoring games last spring but that scoring pace probably won't get them out of this round. Kopitar's suspicion was confirmed when he saw his practice jersey wasn't the same color as the jersey given to longtime linemate Dustin Brown.
May 21, 2013 |
SAN JOSE - Trying to pry injury or lineup information out of Kings Coach Darryl Sutter is an interesting and difficult process. Sometimes he flat-out refuses to answer. Sometimes he stickhandles around the question. For example: Based on the line combinations Sutter used during the team's practice Monday in El Segundo, it appeared that he planned to have left wing Kyle Clifford rejoin the lineup Tuesday as the Kings try to extend their two games to one lead over the San Jose Sharks in the teams' Western Conference semifinal playoff series.
May 20, 2013 |
There is more than just a little bit of Ron Hextall living in the body of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick. That is, the once-hot-tempered goalie Ron Hextall, not the current calm corporate Ron Hextall, the Kings' assistant general manager, destined to run an NHL team someday. Quick waved his stick and verbally went after both referees after the Kings lost, 2-1, in overtime to the Sharks in Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal series at San Jose on Saturday night. He received a game misconduct for his actions but escaped supplementary discipline from the NHL. The league said Sunday that Quick would not be fined or suspended.
May 14, 2013 |
Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi noted the other day that Coach Darryl Sutter was happy for about, say, half an hour after the Kings eliminated the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the NHL playoffs. Then Sutter quickly started channeling his inner Scotty Bowman, meaning, hello intensity. The legendary Bowman was famous, especially in his Montreal coaching days, for keeping everyone, including his players, off guard. But Kings captain Dustin Brown, several hours before Game 1 of the second-round series against the San Jose Sharks, noted the key differences between present circumstances and last year's run to the Stanley Cup. “There's a lot more to clear up in our game this year,” Brown said after Tuesday's morning skate.