Kings, Darryl Sutter agree on contract extension - LA Kings Insider

Calgary Flames v Los Angeles KingsThe Los Angeles Kings and Darryl Sutter have agreed to terms on a contract extension, the team announced Friday morning. Though term and financial details were not included in the release, Lisa Dillman of the LA Times had previously reported that the contract was for two years plus an option year, and that Sutter will earn “in excess of what Todd McLellan received from the Edmonton Oilers and less than what Mike Babcock got from the Toronto Maple Leafs.” McLellan signed with Edmonton for a reported $15-million over five years, while Babcock signed with Toronto for a reported $50-million over eight years last May.

Though Sutter had previously stated that he was gauging the Kings’ off-season work as it relates to free agency, the salary cap and team prospects, several team sources expressed optimism in conversations with LA Kings Insider over the past week that the new contract would be finalized relatively quickly.

Another hockey operations source told LA Kings Insider that no changes or additional titles are expected to be made with the coaching staff, which is expected to return intact.

Sutter has been attending AHL playoff games in Ontario, where his son, Brett, plays for the Reign. He’s had a firsthand look at many of the club’s top prospects, who are expected to contend for an array of roles on the 2016-17 Kings. Because Los Angeles has spent to the salary cap ceiling during their window of championship contention, the team will be looking to fill available depth spots with players who have served key roles on the 2015 Calder Cup championship Manchester Monarchs, and this year’s Ontario team, which leads its second round, best-of-seven series with San Diego two games to one.

The 24th head coach in Los Angeles Kings history, Sutter is 186-112-45 in the regular season and 42-27 in the postseason with the Kings, whom he guided to Stanley Cups in 2012 and 2014. He was originally hired on December 20, 2011.

There’s lots more to come today on Sutter, so stay tuned, Insiders.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.