Highlights from press conference
– Bob Miller did the introduction, noting that Sutter’s teams had made the playoffs in 10 of 11 seasons.
— Dean Lombardi spoke about Sutter, and called them “very similar but different. … The son of a factory rat and the son of a farmer.’’
— Darryl Sutter was introduced and covered a lot of ground. Sutter was asked about improving the Kings’ offense and said it’s “just a matter of small things.’’ Sutter called the NHL “a 3-2 league,’’ meaning that games today are, by nature, tight and defensive.
— Sutter was asked about returning to the bench, after five years away. Sutter said he always told his family that he would return to coaching if the correct opportunity presented itself and if he could find a situation with “people you’re familiar with and think the same way you do.’’
— Sutter described himself as “honest, firm’’ and that his style was to try to get the most out of players.
— Sutter said he met with his new team before practice and “reviewed the season, what has gone on and how we have to approach it. Sutter said the players’ input “was awesome’’ and that he felt like he “was 25 out there’’ on the ice.
— Sutter said that, for now, he would retain the assistant coaches.
— Sutter said his “disciplinarian’’ style was “blown out of proportion,’’ but did say he felt players needed to be “pushed and pulled,’’ and that players desired that.