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by Paul on 03/24/14 at 09:27 AM ET
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
"When I went to Calgary in December, [Berube] was still on that team and then I didn't play him that much," said Sutter, the Kings' coach. "We talked about it right away. He was more like 'Whatever you want me to do. If you want me to play, I'll play. If you want me to coach, I'll coach.' That was his role already."
Sutter was proud of Berube when he was first elevated to head coach in Philadelphia in October after the Flyers started 0-3-0. Berube, for his part, has cited Sutter as a key influence.
The Flyers, who play the visiting Kings on Monday, are the talk of the NHL and happen to be on a stellar run, having won five straight games. They've lost two games in March, once in regulation and the other in overtime.
"You want them young guys to do good. Not just come in and be a one- or two-year [coach]," Sutter said. "That's the problem in the NHL, a lot of these guys are given, well, not given but they get these head coaching opportunities. And they want the contract. So instead of taking the right situation, they just take the job.
"…A head coach, you know the guys who are really strong bench coaches. You know the guys who are strong locker-room guys. You know those guys. There's only a handful of 'em."
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