Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/21/11 at 08:52 PM ET
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Darryl Sutter ran his first practice on behalf of his new team, the Los Angeles Kings today, and maybe the best news he received all day was that centre Mike Richards was finally available, cleared to practise and likely ready to play again soon after missing most of December with a suspected concussion.
The Kings’ spiral down the Western Conference standings coincided with Richards’s injury and ultimately cost long-time coach Terry Murray his job four games ago. After John Stevens filled in an interim basis - and will be retained as an assistant, in the short term anyway - Sutter will officially coach his first game Thursday night against the Anaheim Ducks, after almost a five-year absence from the NHL coaching ranks.
However, Sutter suggested Wednesday at a post-practice press conference that in his mind, he hasn’t been away at all.
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