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A New Sutter?

from Rich Hammond at the LA Kings website,

After two weeks, there have been no public whippings. The locker-room carpet is not soaked in blood. No eardrums have been pierced. What happened? Isn’t Darryl Sutter supposed to be a raging, raving dictator?

Hired by the Kings as coach on Dec. 20, Sutter was preceded by his reputation as a humorless taskmaster who would terrify players and snarl at the media. One Canadian columnist compared him to malaria. Even a mostly positive newspaper piece described Sutter’s public personality as ``caustic’’ and ``contemptuous.’’

“I heard he’s a bit of a yeller,” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said, a couple days before Sutter’s arrival.

When Sutter left the family farm in Alberta last month, did he do so as a changed man? Maybe, maybe not. With the Kings, he’s been more teddy bear than grizzly bear. During games, he wraps his arms around players, pats shoulders and offers encouragement. For a full week, at the end of postgame interviews, he sincerely wished reporters “Merry Christmas,” then “Happy New Year.” He has been accessible, helpful and friendly.


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pautna's avatar

So far, so good…

Posted by pautna on 01/03/12 at 09:12 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I met Sutter once when the Las Vegas Wranglers were the AA team of the Flames.  Never saw any of the supposed grouchiness and seriousness the Alberta press makes him out to be.  He is a genuinely nice guy.

The Kings are a lot better on the passing game and they rush the net harder now.  Hell, they shut out the Cawks in the United Center.

They will sneak up you if you take them for granted.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 01/03/12 at 09:22 PM ET

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