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Darryl Sutter | Center

Team: Los Angeles Kings
Age / DOB:  (56) / 8/19/1958
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 175
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Kings GM Dean Lombardi feels the fact that Slava Voynov's cap hit is still on their books is evidence that "the system is dysfunctional."
The Kings have been up against the cap ceiling and recently could only dress five defensemen because they're still responsible for Voynov despite his indefinite suspension. By contrast, the Toronto Maple Leafs aren't responsible for Carter Ashton's cap hit while he serves a 20-game suspension for his use of a banned performance-enhancing substance. "It has nothing to do with what he did," Lombardi argued, referring to Voynov. "What he did is off to the side. That's indefensible. But if a guy does steroids — that's indefensible in its own right, too, but they're separate issues — you immediately get the cap space. What's ridiculous about this, if he gets convicted we get the cap space. If he doesn't, we're in never-never land. We get nothing. It's totally dysfunctional." Nov 11 - 10:42 AM

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The Los Angeles Kings might be forced to play on Tuesday with just 19 players.

Anze Kopitar is doubtful for the contest and the Kings don't have the cap space necessary to call up a replacement. Los Angeles' cap problems are linked to Slava Voynov, who has been suspended by the NHL indefinitely, but is still counting against the team's cap. Voynov comes with a cap hit of approximately $4.2 million, so it's a rather significant penalty for the Kings to carry. The Kings supported the NHL's decision to suspend Voynov, but they aren't that he hasn't been taken off of the cap. "It's one thing for the player to have to pay a penalty," Kings GM Dean Lombardi told Lisa Dillman. "It's another thing for 19 other guys to have to go out there shorthanded."
Oct 28 - 12:21 PM

Darryl Sutter is on track to become the fastest Kings head coach to 100 wins.

With Los Angeles' victory over Winnipeg on Sunday, Sutter now has 99 wins in 182 games with the Kings. The fastest to 100 was Terry Murray, who needed 197 contests to reach that milestone. Of course, Sutter's legacy with the Kings is already secured given that he's led them to two Stanley Cup championships.
Oct 13 - 10:17 AM

Kings GM Dean Lombardi acknowledged that his team does take analytics into account when making decisions, but attributes a lot of L.A.'s success to incalculable intangibles such as character, expectations and compete level.

"There’s a big difference between data and knowledge, and how you use it," said Lombardi. "You’ll never convince me that emotion isn’t a huge part of this game, more than any other (sport)." Lombardi revealed that he has spoken on the phone "a number of times" with former Boston Red Sox General Manager and current Chicago Cubs Director of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein about the use of analytics, but would not explain how the Kings apply advanced stats information. "You can get my book when I’m done," he joked.
Sep 14 - 6:29 PM

It's looking ever more likely that the Kings and Sharks will play an outdoor game on February 21, 2015.

Rumors of an outdoor contest between the two teams have been circling for some time, but a potential leak of information on Ticketmaster Sunday has social media abuzz with the possibility their February 21, 2015 game will take place at new Levi's Stadium. The new venue was officially opened Saturday for an MLS contest between the San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders and would appear to be everything the NHL is looking for in a venue for this type of event.
Aug 3 - 2:48 PM

The Los Angeles Kings will open the 2014-15 regular season against the San Jose Sharks.

The Kings will raise their Stanley Cup banner on Oct. 8 versus a Sharks' team that blew a 3-0 series lead against them in the first round of the playoffs. The other opening night contests will feature the Philadelphia Flyers visiting the Boston Bruins, the Toronto Maple Leafs hosting the Montreal Canadiens and the Vancouver Canucks on the road against the Calgary Flames. Check the link at the bottom to see the opening night contests for all 30 clubs.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 21 - 5:30 PM

Los Angeles has re-signed assistant coach Davis Payne and goaltending coach Bill Ranford.

The Kings also promoted John Stevens to associated head coach. "Our coaching staff has been an integral part of the success of our team the last three years," said GM Dean Lombardi in a statement. "We are extremely pleased that they will remain part of our team and continue together as we strive for excellence."
Jun 19 - 12:51 PM

The Los Angeles Kings set the record for the most playoff games played by a Stanley Cup winner with 26.

The old record was 25, jointly held by the 2006 Carolina Hurricanes and the 2011 Boston Bruins. They tied the record for most playoff games in a season with the 1987 Philadelphia Flyers and the 2004 Calgary Flames.
Source: LAKings.com
Jun 15 - 7:56 AM

The Los Angeles Kings will play in their 64th playoff game over the span of just three years on Friday.

That sets a new NHL record for the most postseason contests played over a three year span. The Kings have made it to at least the Western Conference Final for three straight campaigns and this is their second trip to the Stanley Cup Final in that span. Los Angeles is also just one victory away from their franchise's second championship.
Jun 13 - 5:30 PM

When Darryl Sutter was originally offered the Kings coaching gig in 2011, he turned it down.

Sutter was eventually convinced to join the franchise as the team's head coach because he felt Los Angeles had the ability to win a championship. The Kings hadn't won a playoff series since 2001 and had a 15-14-4 record when Sutter took over, but he was obviously right as Sutter helped them win the Stanley Cup in his first year on the job. Under Sutter, the Kings have made it to at least the Western Conference Final in three straight years and are on the brink of winning their second championship in three seasons.
Jun 11 - 9:34 AM

The Los Angeles Kings ended a 249:14 minutes stretch where they didn't hold the lead.

That of course doesn't include the conclusion of contests as the Kings won Game 7 of the Western Conference Final and the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final by scoring in overtime after either being trailing or tied for the entirety of those contests. It's just another example of the Kings' resiliency, which has been remarkable in the playoffs.
Jun 10 - 9:38 AM

Los Angeles erased their third two-goal deficit in these playoffs during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

It was also the second straight game that the Kings rallied to claim victory after falling behind 2-0 following Sunday's game at Chicago to capture the Western Conference title. "That's the way we do it. We never give up," Tyler Toffoli said. "We keep fighting and keep going and never give up on ourselves and just keep playing to our strength."
Jun 5 - 9:57 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have now won 10 of 11 playoff series under head coach Darryl Sutter.

Kings GM Dean Lombardi said that hiring Sutter in 2011 was one of the easiest decisions he's made. "I think it gets lost in his outward demeanor or whatever the perception is, but he's a players' coach," Lombardi said. "Does it come out in the press conferences? Probably not." Los Angeles has gone to the Western Conference Final in each of the last three years and has advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in that span.
Jun 3 - 9:40 AM

The Los Angeles Kings lead the NHL in playoff goals after finishing 25th in the regular season with 206 goals.

The Kings have really turned it on during the post-season as they are averaging 3.48 goals per game for a total of 73. They averaged only 2.42 goals per game in the regular season. Usually it's the other way around as the checking tends to get tighter in the playoffs.
Source: LAKings.com
Jun 2 - 8:08 AM

Darryl Sutter and the Los Angeles Kings set records on Sunday.

Sutter set the record for most Game 7 wins by a head coach as he won his seventh (against three losses) to surpass Scotty Bowman and Pat Burns who were tied with Sutter at six heading into action Sunday. The Kings won their third Game 7 of the 2014 playoffs and no team had ever done that before. Los Angeles has played the maximum 21 games and they have tied the 1993 Maple Leafs and 2001 Avalanche for the most games played after three rounds of the playoffs.
Source: LAKings.com
Jun 2 - 7:20 AM

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All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Anze Kopitar
2Mike Richards
3Jarret Stoll
4Jordan Nolan
5Andy Andreoff
LW1Marian Gaborik
2Dwight King
3Trevor Lewis
4Kyle Clifford
5Tanner Pearson
RW1Dustin Brown
2Jeff Carter
3Justin Williams
4Tyler Toffoli
D1Drew Doughty
2Slava Voynov
3Jamie McBain
4Jake Muzzin
5Robyn Regehr
6Matt Greene
7Alec Martinez
8Brayden McNabb
9Jeff Schultz
10Andrew Bodnarchuk
G1Jonathan Quick
2Martin Jones