The Los Angeles Kings and Head Coach Darryl Sutter have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract, Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. The contract will commence in the upcoming 2016-17 campaign.
Other outlets have reported that the contract will pay Sutter $3 million per season for the next two years, with a team option for an additional third year.
Since joining the Kings Sutter has helped guide the franchise to unprecedented on-ice success in the postseason, as he has guided the team to Stanley Cup championships in 2014 and 2012, and the Western Conference Final in 2013. The Kings played in an NHL record 26 games (16-10 record) before hoisting the Cup in 2014. Included in the 2014 Cup run were Game 7 road victories at San Jose, Anaheim and Chicago. In 2012, he led the Kings to their first Stanley Cup championship as the team went 16-4 in the postseason as the eighth seed, and led each series three-games-to-none before being crowned champs on June 11, 2012.
Sutter, the 24th head coach in Kings history, recently concluded his fifth season as Head Coach. He is the fastest Kings head coach to 100 wins in franchise history (183 games), and coached his 1,200th NHL game on April 4 at Vancouver, becoming the 15th head coach in NHL history to reach that plateau.
Sutter’s teams have qualified for the postseason in 14 of his 16 seasons as a head coach, and his 595 career coaching wins rank 14th all-time. All told, his teams have eclipsed the 40-win mark eight times, the 100-point mark four times, and his clubs have finished in first place three times.
Sutter and the Kings established a new team record for most wins in one season with 48 victories during the 2015-16 campaign (48-28-6, 102 points). With him at the helm, the Kings have won 40-or-more games in each of the franchise’s last three seasons, going 40-27-15 with 95 points in 2014-15, and 46-28-8 with 100 points in 2013-14.
Sutter’s regular season coaching record with the Kings is 186-112-45, and his postseason record with the Kings is 42-27.
By Staff of TheDailySportsHerald.com and news services