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Lombardi on Sutter: “Because he’s a cowboy, us liberal intellects from the Northeast want to label him as stupid”

May 11, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

Kings Hire Darryl Sutter As Head Coach

As stated in the past, we love Dean Lombardi.

Why? Well, the Kings GM loves to talk and rarely holds back when he does. Whether it’s bemoaning Wayne Gretzky’s lack of staying power or recalibrating the coulombs, Lombardi tells it like it is.

That’s exactly what he did in speaking with about his head coach, Darryl Sutter.

Take it away, Deano…

“There are so many things I can say. You gotta start with the man. There is honesty to him and a very underrated intelligence. Everyone wants to paint him as a farmer, but this guy had a full boat to Princeton, and quite frankly if he had gone that way I wouldn’t be surprised if this guy was on Wall Street right now. He is very sharp but because he’s a cowboy, us liberal intellects from the Northeast want to label him as stupid. We tend to do that. That’s the thing that is really underrated here.

“So, it’s the honesty of the man, the intelligence of the man, and how players that played for him respect him.

“The other thing is he has an identity. Unfortunately today it’s hard to have an identity because we want to please everybody, so we become a phony and stand for nothing. If you’re going to have an identity, yeah, some people aren’t going to like it, but at least it’s honest. It doesn’t mean you’re rude to anybody. He gives your team an identity, but it’s still about the players.

“I also sensed he was going to be a better coach having seen the big picture as a general manager and having taken seven months off at the farm. I thought he would be a better coach than he was before.”

In the spirit of giving due credit, Lombardi deserves a lion’s share for hiring Sutter after his disastrous GM stint in Calgary.

Here’s what The Hockey News’ Adam Proteau wrote at the time of the hire:

The idea that Sutter – who never met a smile he couldn’t turn upside down – represents the perfect elixir for what ails the struggling Kings is one that doesn’t sit right with me. You can’t tell me the problem with young stars such as Drew Doughty and Anze Kopitar is that they haven’t had a miserable taskmaster breathing down their backs.

That “miserable taskmaster” is now 33-14-11 since taking over the Kings, in case you were wondering.

  1. Tristan - May 11, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    “…who’s stock couldn’t have been much lower”

    Whose stock.

    Quick, Halford – before Brough notices!

    • Mike Halford - May 11, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      Dang, you’re quick. I edited that line out about 20 seconds after writing it, yet you still managed to see it. Or did you? IT NEVER EXISTED, TRISTAN. I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT.

      • Tristan - May 11, 2012 at 1:04 PM

        Grammar is all around us, at all times. Every grammatical mistake we make in life echoes in eternity.

  2. solador78 - May 11, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    So a “cowboy” could have received a hockey scholarship from Princeton, but chose not to… and that somehow proves that he’s smarted than a farmer?

    And George W. Bush actually went to Yale. Big deal.

    It seems like Lombardi is missing a few too many coulombs.

  3. dougr42 - May 11, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    keep calm and calibrate coulombs

  4. creasemasta41 - May 11, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    That little quote is just another reason why i hate Proteau and think he has no clue about hockey

  5. blomfeld - May 11, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Get lost you detractors !

    Darryl Sutter is a wonderful coach ! … and all you envious haters need to find a lake to jump into ! … here are some suggestions …

    Solador78 – Lake Erie

    Dougr42 – Lake Michigan

    Tristan – Lake Huron

    Halford – Lake Superior

    Creasemaster – Lake Ontario

    Carter is an excellent player ! … Lombardi rocks ! … and the “cool” Kings are about to accomplish something which has never been done before ! GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!! :)

  6. highlander24 - May 12, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!

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