The Los Angeles Kings and coach Darryl Sutter have agreed to a multi-year contract extension that will begin in the 2016-2017 season. This will be his sixth year with the Kings organization.
Sutter’s new deal with LA, paying north of $3M of year, is a club option on 3rd yr but gets paid some of 3rd yr even if option not picked up
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) May 13, 2016
Kings and Darryl Sutter Agree to Contract Extension
Sutter most recently finished his fifth year, fourth full season, as head coach. He was first hired on December 20, 2011 as the 24th head coach in franchise history. During his tenure, Sutter has lead the Kings to a 186-112-45 regular season record and a 42-27 postseason record.
He began his coaching career with the Chicago Blackhawks as an assistant in 1987-88 and as an associate coach from 1990-92. He helped lead Chicago to a first-place finish and the best record in the Campbell Conference during the 1992-93 season with a 47-25-12 record. He stepped down as coach following the 1994-95 season for family reasons.
Sutter returned to coaching in the 1997-98 season for the San Jose Sharks, after a two year hiatus from the sport. He spent until December 1, 2002 with the team until he was relieved of his duties. Only four weeks after being fired by San Jose, he was then named head coach of the Calgary Flames. He was later given the title of GM at the conclusion of that season.
In his first full season in Calgary, Sutter lead the Flames to their first trip to the playoffs in seven seasons. The team made it to the Stanley Cup Finals where they lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Following the 2005-06 season, Sutter stepped down as head coach, but remained with the team as GM until December of 2010.
Nucleus, ownership, management, coaching staff cited as influences in DS’ decision to re-up with LA. Family considerations big, too.
— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) May 13, 2016
On December 17, 2011, Sutter was announced as head coach of the Los Angeles Kings. He lead the Kings to a 25-13-11 mark during that season where the Kings came into the playoffs as the eighth and last seed. The team defeated first seed Vancouver Canucks, second seed St. Louis Blues and third seed Phoenix Coyotes on their way to capturing the team’s first Stanley Cup in franchise history. The Kings set several record that postseason, including winning ten-straight on the road and being the first team to go three games to zero in each of their playoff series.
The team would win it’s second Stanley Cup during the 2013-14 season, playing 26 playoff games, the most ever for a Cup champion. The Kings also became only the fourth team in history to come back from down three games to zero in a series after defeating the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
The Kings would make history again the following season when they would fail to qualify for the postseason. They became the fourth team, first since 2006-07, to miss the playoffs entirely after winning the Stanley Cup the previous year. The team would return to the playoffs this season where they were defeated by the San Jose Sharks in the Quarterfinals four games to one.
With the Los Angeles Kings, Sutter became the team’s fastest head coach in 100 wins. He accomplished this feat in 183 games. He also surpassed Larry Robinson for third on the Kings all-time games coached list. He is second on the Kings all-time wins list with 186. The Kings would establish a new team record for most wins in one season, going 48-28-6 during the 2015-16 season.
LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 11: Darryl Sutter of the Los Angeles Kings reacts to play behind, Tyler Toffoli #73, Trevor Lewis #22, Jarret Stoll #28 and Dustin Brown #23 during the first period against the San Jose Sharks at Staples Center on April 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)