December 17, 2011 11:30 am

Two more games for Stevens

And now, your daily moment of Darryl Sutter zen. There’s really no change and no surprise. Sutter’s deal to become the next Kings coach is essentially in place, and it will be a multi-year contract to be announced in the coming days. Per franchise policy, no coach can have a contract longer than the general manager’s contract, and Dean Lombardi is signed through the 2012-13 season, with an option for the following season. Regardless, Sutter’s contract will be for more than just the rest of this season (remember, there’s the ominous possibility of a labor stoppage next season). The only hold-up now is immigration. Because of residency issues, Sutter is not legally eligible to join the team at all until Monday, so it’s almost certain that his first game would be Thursday’s home game against Anaheim. The two Southern California teams, both with new coaches. Who would have guessed it three months ago?

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