A third Sutter is getting his name on the Stanley Cup.
Darryl Sutter never won the Cup as a dependable left wing for the Chicago Blackhawks, and the well-traveled coach's Calgary Flames lost Game 7 of the finals in 2004 to Tampa Bay.
But the Los Angeles Kings' unlikely midseason savior led the franchise to its first title Monday night, turning an underachieving bunch of low scorers into champions. The 53-year-old Sutter, who coached the Sharks from 1997-2002, is a first-time champion, and he is still getting used to the notion.
"Seems like a long time ago, middle of December, whenever it was," Sutter said. "But you know what? You look at the big picture now, and I was right on how I thought about what type of players these guys were."
After leaving the Flames in December 2010, Sutter was pretty much out of hockey when the season began, content to work on his farm while watching games every night on television. He replaced Kings coach Terry Murray shortly before Christmas at the behest of longtime friend Dean Lombardi, the former Sharks general manager who had assembled a talented Kings roster that couldn't score.
"Darryl came in, (and) I felt like everybody felt a little more accountable for their own actions, their day-to-day play, practice, everything," goalie Jonathan Quick said. "But obviously at the end of the day, you know, no matter what, it's got to come from the room, and guys have to make a decision to work. I think
Sutter agreed, repeatedly refusing to take any credit for the startling transformation of the Kings.
When the engraver gets to work, Sutter will be the third of the six hockey-playing brothers from Viking, Alberta, who have their names on the Cup. Duane and Brent Sutter won championships as players with the New York Islanders.
"Dog and Brent got their name on it six times," Sutter said. "I wish each one of my brothers could have been on there."
Conn Smythe Trophy: Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP after yielding just 29 goals in Los Angeles' 20 playoff games on the way to the franchise's first Stanley Cup title. He was largely impenetrable in the finals, stopping 125 of 132 shots.
Oilers: Edmonton hired former coach Craig MacTavish as senior vice president of hockey operations.