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Kings’ coach Sutter not for NHL adopting Olympic point system

Feb 22, 2014, 2:00 AM EDT

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Darryl Sutter was, according to LA Kings Insider, asked Thursday about whether he’d be in favor of the National Hockey League adopting the Olympic point system, so he gave his answer.

He’s in against it. A refresher: In the Olympic competition, a regulation win is worth three points; an overtime or shootout win is worth two points and an overtime or shootout loss worth one point.

But enough is enough with respect to change in the NHL, according to Sutter.

“I hope not. Why? Because there are history books. The overtime change, the point change, the shootout change, that to me was enough. It’s just like watching [the United States-Canada women’s final]. Do you want that to go to a shootout? No,” the L.A. Kings’ head coach Darryl Sutter told reporters, as per LA Kings Insider.

And, he’s also not in favor of the shootout rule in international competition, in which one player can be used multiple times as the coach prefers, like when U.S. player T.J. Oshie scored four times on six attempts against Russia in the preliminary round.

Basically, it boils down to the fact Sutter, well, he just doesn’t like the shootout.

“I’m not in favor of the shootout. If it’s such a great thing, why don’t we do it at the start of the game, so players don’t have to worry about it at the end? We have such a great thing. If that’s all it is, just a spectacle, but if that’s the way teams get to make the playoffs, I totally disagree with it. There’s no team concept to it at all,” Sutter continued.

  1. kingsfan93 - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:11 AM

    Stop tinkering with the point system already, geez.

    If anything, the they should make the NHL rink BIGGER.

    • hazlydose - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      You like watching two teams trap the neutral zone for an hour? Scoring is DOWN in the Olympics. Bigger Ice =/= higher scoring or more excitement.

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    He doesn’t like the Olympic point system but said he was very excited about watching European teams play an all defense 5 guys collapse to in front of their own net system that has become the Darryl Sutter trademark…

  3. blomfeld - Feb 22, 2014 at 2:49 AM


    • joey4id - Feb 22, 2014 at 7:14 AM

      = blomfeld 😉

  4. patthehockeyfan - Feb 22, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    So far, I haven’t heard of one player or coach who’s in favor of the shootout. I don’t like it either.

    The shootout was instituted for people who don’t like seeing a well-played game by two equally- talented and evenly-matched teams, and that doesn’t produce a winner. It’s a marketing tool only that has turned the once-pure sport into a game for the masses. And, there’s the rub. The masses being spectators who either don’t remember or don’t appreciate the sport when it was a sport.

    Sutter put it correctly: “… just a spectacle,” and “There’s no team concept to it at all.”

    • jcmeyer10 - Feb 22, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      The shootout is to get games over with during the regular season.

      • patthehockeyfan - Feb 22, 2014 at 11:39 AM

        Not true. The shootout was instituted to settle ties in regular season games.

        Prior to the shootout, games ending in ties awarded one point to both teams.

  5. luz56 - Feb 22, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    Bigger ice will improve game…. Any new arenas being built must be made to European standards…easy flow and no goons… I bet it took 2 hrs to squeeze that out of Sutter in an interview too

  6. wishingtonredslur - Feb 22, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    The shoot out was invented so your business sponsors could go to sleep and leave their corporate seats or turn off their TVs and show up at the office for another day of shoving coke up their noses or whatever you do at the office. Play miniature golf.

  7. muckleflugga - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    patthehockeyfan … not true

    with need to have a definitive winner in hockey

    the shootout was instituted to end games where conclusions could be indeterminate … in north america and in europe … why

    pressure from network television where scheduling was blasted out of the water by endless games … with networks receiving pressure from sponsors targeting demographics suited to particular programming …

    viewer base for hockey versus basketball versus big bang theory are wide and varied … so is commercial sponsorship accordingly

    viewership numbers from hockey don’t even rate against network news programs or standard evening offerings in the vast wasteland known as television

    a fixed overtime and following shootout when no result was obtained give networks confidence in a conclusion

    the playoffs continue to be a bugaboo … hence need for blatant interference from officials to bring games to and end on any pretext

    particularly when another game or sporting event is scheduled to follow

    • patthehockeyfan - Feb 22, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      Not quite, muckle.

      Before the 2004-05 lockout, the shootout was only seen in the All Star Game. Games that were not decided after the five minute overtime simply ended in ties.

      So you see, there were conclusions that were not indeterminate, and not, as you write, endless.

  8. amotkram - Feb 22, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    I always here that the shootout is about a business decision to capture more fans. In the years since the rule changes (not just the shootout) the NHL attendances and TV ratings have been up. So job well done.

    But remembering back to the league prior to the 4 on 4 and shootout is was common for teams to play for the tie once they got into OT which frequently led to boring OT sessions. This was talked about for years and years and years. How to get the teams to open it up in OT and go for the win. 4 on 4 helped a lot. Not so sure about the shootout though. Many times I have seen teams play the shutdown game in OT just to get to the shootout. No matter what rules are implement there will always be teams that play exciting in OT and teams that don’t.

    That being said I love the shootout. I play hockey several times per week and being a player it is nice to see what the best players in the world can bring to the shootout. Beer leagues have always had shootouts due to time constraints and player draw.

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