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Darryl Sutter tends to family farm as lockout continues

Sep 22, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

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Darryl Sutter went from leaving the Calgary Flames in disgrace to joining the Los Angeles Kings as their head coach and leading them to the Stanley Cup. After all that, he’s still farming instead of kicking off training camp.

“It was really good and then we had some hail here in August that knocked it out a bit,” Sutter told the Los Angeles Times. “But it’s pretty good.”

Sutter has continued to visit Los Angeles over the summer, but he can’t start to defend the Cup until the lockout’s over.

“It’s just unsettling because you don’t know your timeline,” Sutter said. “As a coach you’re giving the players a target that they always want to work on for their training and we should have had our medicals [Friday].

“The worst part, quite honestly, from a coaching standpoint about all of this is you’re not allowed contact with your players. That’s just something that for me is important because you know what, the relationships that you have with them, you want to be able to talk to them and now you can’t.”

With that in mind, he plans to remain in Alberta until he has a better idea of what’s going on or Kings GM Dean Lombardi gives him an assignment.

If there’s a silver lining to all of this from the Kings’ perspective, it’s that with all of September’s preseason games canceled, the Los Angeles Kings will get a bit more time to recover after their long playoff run.

  1. ron05342 - Sep 22, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    16-4 is not a “long playoff run.”

    They will be just fine, thank you.

    • blomfeld - Sep 23, 2012 at 2:10 AM

      Canucks, check ! … Blues, check ! … Coyotes, check ! … Devils, check !

      While there’s no question that our Kings dispatched the opposition in a pretty ruthless fashion, they did nonetheless play right up to June 11th … that’s only 4 days sooner than the Canucks the previous year and it’s a fact that they suffered for that … so this lockout may be a blessing for our Kings in terms of doing it all again and repeating … I don’t think it’s so much the physical rest that’s important, as it is the time needed to distance themselves from the emotional blahs which always follow in the wake of such emotional highs …

  2. manchestermiracle - Sep 24, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Summer’s over in Alberta. Hope Coach has plans for winter wheat or something because I think he’ll be there awhile. Unfortunately.

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