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Kings to name Sutter head coach next week

Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:21 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2011 5:02 pm
 
ds1By: Adam Gretz

In news that is sure to be no surprise to anybody that's been following the situation, the Los Angeles Kings are expected to introduce Darryl Sutter as their new head coach sometime next week, according to Rich Hammond of Kings Insider. Immigration issues have held up the process, and once introduced he will take over for John Stevens, who was named interim coach last week when Terry Murray was fired after the team's disappointing start.

Three head coaches in less than two weeks seems about right for the NHL's head coaching situation this season, as the league has already had six changes behind the bench, including Saturday's announcement from Montreal that resulted in the firing of Jacques Martin. Since the end of last season 12 of the NHL's 30 teams (over one third of the league) has made a head coaching change. Needless to say, it's a tough industry.

In the two games since Murray was relieved of his duties, the Kings have split a pair of decisions, dropping a 3-0 game to Boston before a third period rally in Columbus gave them a 2-1 win over the Blue Jackets.

Sutter last coached in the NHL with the Calgary Flames during the 2005-06 season, leading the team to a 46-25-11 record before losing in the first round of the playoffs. That was one season after the Flames went to the Stanley Cup Final. In his 12 seasons as an NHL coach his teams have compiled a 409-320-101 record.

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Almost immediately after Murray was fired by the Kings last week Sutter's name was mentioned as a possibility, and now it's on the verge of becoming official.

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Comments

Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: March 19, 2013 1:34 pm
 

Kings to name Sutter head coach next week

All of us should be eating big crow on this thread. DL told me five years ago that Sutter is the best coach he'd ever seen. I should have listened.



Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:36 pm
 

Kings to name Sutter head coach next week

Looks like Mike Richards days are numbered...Discipline, Character, and Leadership are words that aren't in his vocabulary those and talent...



Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Kings to name Sutter head coach next week

Sutterville II-lol
ask Calgarians what they think of the Sutters!



Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Kings to name Sutter head coach next week

Murray was already gone before the Detroit debacle. It's starting to look like the same old Kings again. Always when it starts to look good, BAM!



Since: Apr 21, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2011 3:05 pm
 

Kings to name Sutter head coach next week

Like the penny dish at gas stations: Take a Sutter, leave a Murray.



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Kings to name Sutter head coach next week

Huh?  "The Kings simply don't have the talent to remain an elite hockey club".  First, nobody is claiming they are "elite", but they do have great talent that is surely not living up to its potential.
Murray had to go because the players are not listening to him any more, lost the locker room......it has nothing to do with a lack of talent.



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2011 3:31 pm
 

Kings to name Sutter head coach next week

Getting pasted by the Red Wings can sometimes cause change.  I remember when the Red Wings clobbered Roy in Montral, that was the end of his great Canadian career.  Now it's Murray's turn....a decent coach who simply could not get his team motivated bites the dust.  Sutter is a good hire, but frankly the Kings simply don't have the talent to remain an elite hockey club.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2011 1:02 pm
 

Kings to name Sutter head coach next week

Just Lombardi trying to hire another one of his buddies, pretty sad.

Note to Sutter: you better get this team going cause they are a complete mess, an find a real captain to lead this team on the ice



Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: December 18, 2011 12:15 pm
 

Kings to name Sutter head coach next week

Now that Martin is available, hire him. An outsider is needed. This is Dean's last shot, having struck out already on the coaching front.



Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2011 6:17 am
 

Kings to name Sutter head coach next week

Flyers WEST theme continues...along with Daryl, you'll get Ron Sutter as a scout, who played with Hextall with the Flyers in the early 80's. Look up and down the Kings organization and they're trying to have a FLYERS west type of model...


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