Darryl Sutter to take over Kings
The Los Angeles Kings have officially announced the hiring of Darryl Sutter as the team's new coach.
Sutter will take control of the team Wednesday morning at practice and will meet with the media afterwards. He replaces Terry Murray, who was fired on Dec. 12.
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John Stevens coached the team in the interim, going 1-2-1. The Kings earned a 3-2 shootout win at Toronto on Monday.
The Kings (15-14-4, 34 points) are in fourth place in the Pacific and 10th in the Western Conference. They haven't scored more than two goals in regulation in 12 straight games, dating back to a 3-2 regulation win over the Blues on Nov. 22.
Sutter's first game will be Thursday at the Staples Center against the visiting Anaheim Ducks, who also went through a coaching change this season, firing Randy Carlyle on Nov. 30 and hiring Bruce Boudreau. Sutter, Boudreau and Ducks general manager Bob Murray were one-time teammates on the 1985-86 Chicago Blackhawks, with Sutter and Murray serving as co-captains.
Sutter, who is 53 years old, was a coach for 11 seasons in Chicago, San Jose and Calgary, leading his teams to 10 playoff appearances, including a Stanley Cup final berth in 2004 with the Flames. He has a regular-season coaching record of 409-320-131 and a 47-54 record in playoff games.
He is one of nine coaches in NHL history to lead at least three different clubs to 100 wins. His teams have eclipsed the 40-win mark four times and the 100-point plateau twice.
This is the second time Kings general manager Dean Lombardi has hired Sutter to coach. When they were together in San Jose, the Sharks increased their point total every season that Sutter was behind the bench. But they were eliminated from the first round of the playoffs three times, and from the second round twice.
Sutter is one of six brothers who have played in the NHL and one of four who have been head coaches, including Brian, Duane and Brent. During his eight-year playing career in the NHL, all with Chicago, the former Blackhawks captain appeared in 406 regular-season games and had 161 goals and 279 points, including a career-high 40 goals in 1980-81.
Dan Arritt of ESPNLosAngeles.com and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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