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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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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2011 9:43 pm

Kings to name Sutter head coach next week

Well, Dean Lombardi wanted a known commodity and he did hire Sutter when both were with the's the big suprise? No...really...what's the big surprise?

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 8:07 pm

Kings to name Sutter head coach next week

My god, the retreads in professional sports. 

Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2011 7:21 pm

Kings to name Sutter head coach next week

Amazing how your track record means nothing in the NHL. What did he do in all his years in Calgary that showed that he was anything more than a mediocre NHL coach or GM? Gets fired from there and the Kings thing he will be a great coach for them? On what basis? This is a perfect example of why some teams never become great.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:46 pm

Kings to name Sutter head coach next week

Boy what a great choice here, fire Murray cause he was defense first, for Sutter who is the same type of coach, Lombardi enjoy your last year with the Kings

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2011 4:51 pm

Kings to name Sutter head coach next week

Sigh, I thought they were almost out of the league.   We were so close.

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