Terry Murray Out, Darryl Sutter In For Kings?

Veteran coach Ken Hitchcock has worked wonders with the St. Louis Blues. This makes Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi wonder if long-time coach Darryl Sutter could do the same for his team.Lombardi canned his long-time friend Terry Murray as coach of the Kings and began his “search” for a replacement. John Stevens took over on an interim basis, but was not considered...
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December 13, 2011  |  Discuss

Golden Opportunity For Darryl Sutter

The Los Angeles Kings have all the ingredients to make a run at the Stanley Cup. They are deep up front, on defense and in goal. But they are strangely adrift, as they proved while falling 8-2 to the Red Wings with interim coach John Stevens at the helm. So new coach Darryl Sutter is positioned to become the difference maker. He will crack the whip on this talented and well-compensated...
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December 19, 2011  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Kings Desperately Seeking Offense

The Los Angeles Kings absolutely, positively must trade for offensive help.They just fell to ninth place in the Western Conference by suffering consecutive shutout losses. First the Phoenix Coyotes got them, then the Calgary Flames blanked them.There appear to be no internal solutions to this season-long scoring drought. Goaltender Jonathan Quick has played brilliantly this season...
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February 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Kings becoming royal disappointment

The big-budget Los Angeles Kings are threatening to miss the playoffs.How could this be? This team has tons of talent. It already made a coaching change, from nice guy Terry Murray to taskmaster Darryl Sutter. Jonathan Quick has been exceptional in goal. The addition of goal scorer Jeff Carter gave the team a second offensive line to support the Anze Kopitar line, with Justin Williams...
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March 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Why the Los Angeles Kings are struggling

The Los Angeles Kings stumbled to a 0-2-1 start this season, their worst since 2001-02.So what is wrong with the defending Stanley Cup champions? Plenty, as you can see:Injuries hit this team hard. No.1 center Anze Kopitar (no points, minus-2 rating in two games) is still trying to get his legs back after suffering a knee injury playing in Europe. Defenseman Matt Greene suffered...
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January 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Anze Kopitar's nightmare performance in Dallas

Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter wasn’t surprised when the Dallas Stars blitzed his team with four third-period goals Tuesday night.“Not really,” he told reporters after the game. “We turned the puck over pretty regularly tonight. I think eventually it got us.”The Stars victimized the Anze Kopitar again and again during the 5-1 loss.Here was Sutter’s takeaway from...
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April 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Kings try to muddle through offensively

The St. Louis Blues have earned a couple of 2-1 victories over the Kings and suffered a 1-0 loss at Los Angeles. You can expect more of the same for the rest of the series.“If you look at the series, 5-on-5 is so tough,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter told reporters after Saturday night’s game. “There are a lot of little battles going on that only the players appreciate or understand...
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May 06, 2013  |  Discuss
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