Although Darryl Sutter hasn't coached in the NHL since the 2005-06 season, he didn't need much time to get back into the swing of things on his first day with the Los Angeles Kings.
Sutter ran his first practice Wednesday morning at the club's training facility after a meeting with the players, then was introduced to the media during a news conference at a nearby hotel and said: ''I feel like I coached yesterday.''
A stern, no-nonsense coach known for his confrontational demeanor and perpetual scowl behind the bench during his 12 previous seasons with Chicago, San Jose and Calgary, Sutter has been known to criticize his players in postgame sessions with the media. He did it once with Flames defenseman Andrew Ference after a 4-1 loss to the Kings in Los Angeles, referring to him as ''a borderline competitor for us for a number of games.''
''Hopefully it jump-starts them,'' Sutter said. ''One thing that hasn't changed in the game and never will is (the importance of) hustle. It's m...