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The Real Darryl Sutter

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“When Darryl got here, one of the first things he said was, ‘I’m not a video guy,’ “ (Bernie) Nicholls said as the Kings prepared to open the Stanley Cup final series Wednesday against the New Jersey Devils. “Geez, these guys do more video than when Roger Neilson was coaching. But it’s all teaching.

“You know we had that NHL 36 [TV show]. Darryl wouldn’t let them in the dressing because he hates cameras, but I really wish he would have let them in to see him go, because he’s amazing. I don’t think people realize how smart he really is. … He’s taught these guys so much, and he’s so prepared. He doesn’t let one thing get by him.

“Right now, [the players] feel like they can’t lose – and that’s how you want to be.”

Sutter joined the Kings last December, after the Kings had fallen to 12th place in the Western Conference and general manager Dean Lombardi reluctantly showed Murray the door.

So far in these playoffs, just about everything has fallen into place for the Kings. They are 12-2 and dispatched the West’s three divisional champions –Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues and Phoenix Coyotes – to qualify for only the second Stanley Cup final appearance in franchise history.

According to Kings centre Jarret Stoll, the reality of Darryl Sutter doesn’t accurately match the reputation.

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