May 31, 2013 |
The question made Darryl Sutter shake his head. Even with his team pushing deep into the playoffs, the Kings' coach rejected the notion that this season is starting to feel like last year's march to the Stanley Cup. "Not close yet," he said. "Not even half-close. " From the front office down to the locker room, people throughout the organization see crucial differences in their route toward the championship this time around. Whereas last season was marked by big moves - a coaching change, trades - the Kings say they have now reached the Western Conference finals against the Chicago Blackhawks in a steadier, more subtle fashion.
September 21, 2012 |
On the day most NHL players were due to report to training camp, Kings Coach Darryl Sutter was helping with the harvest at his farm in Alberta, Canada, and Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau was "doing a little bit of nothing. " The lockout imposed by the NHL on Sept. 15 has postponed the start of training camps, and exhibition games have been canceled through Sept. 30. There were no labor negotiations between the league and the players union on Friday, though the two sides met in Alberta to dispute the legality of the lockout.
April 25, 2012 |
Ken Hitchcock, a man born to coach, was on the phone the other day from St. Louis talking about those same qualities in a certain Canadian countryman. That would be Kings Coach Darryl Sutter. "We both went through a little bit of a downturn," said Hitchcock, the coach of the Blues. "I'm happy for him. I know what he's doing is what he wants to do. I know in his heart he's a coach and he loves coaching. I think he's at his happiest when he's barking and cajoling. " Hitchcock could have been easily talking about himself.
April 24, 2012 |
Ownership was "involved" in dismissing Terry Murray as the Kings' coach, but the season-saving decision to hire Darryl Sutter was made solely by General Manager Dean Lombardi, Tim Leiweke, the chief executive of parent company AEG, said Tuesday. Leiweke said Sutter is "exactly what we needed," and credited the blunt-mannered coach for transforming an underachieving team into the mature, cohesive group that upset the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the playoffs.
December 20, 2011 |
Newly appointed Kings Coach Darryl Sutter is said to be a man of few words. How about … no words? Joking aside, that's the way it has been, at least publicly, for almost a year after Sutter stepped down as the Calgary Flames general manager three days after Christmas in 2010. The end of the silent days, and nights, comes a few days before this Christmas. Sutter, who is replacing the recently fired Terry Murray , will conduct his first practice as the Kings' head coach Wednesday morning, followed by a news conference in the afternoon in El Segundo.
December 13, 2011
Kings tonight AT BOSTON When: 4 p.m. PST. Where: TD Garden. On the air: TV: FS West. Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 13-12-4; Bruins 18-9-1. Update: The meeting against the defending Stanley Cup champions comes after one of the more tumultuous days for the franchise in recent years. Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi flew to Boston and fired Coach Terry Murray on Monday afternoon. Murray, who was in his fourth season as the Kings' coach, had conducted practice earlier in the day and remains one win away from No. 500 in his career.