VANCOUVER - SEPTEMBER 30: Head Coach Darryl Sutter of the Calgary Flames looks on against the Vancouver Canucks during their pre-season NHL game at General Motors Place on September 30, 2005 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

Darryl Sutter Officially Named Kings Head Coach, Will Take Over Wednesday

John Stevens was coach of the Los Angeles Kings for just a week. Now, the job belongs to Darryl Sutter. He'll be introduced as the boss in a press conference Wednesday.

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Darryl Sutter Officially Named Los Angeles Kings Head Coach

It had been all but official, and now, it's official. Darryl Sutter is the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings. He replaces John Stevens, who held the job for a week after former coach Terry Murray was fired. The team announced the news in a press release on Tuesday.

Sutter will begin his head coaching duties with the Kings when they take the ice for practice this Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo.  

Following practice the Kings will hold a news conference featuring Lombardi and Sutter with the news conference slated to begin at 1 p.m.  It will be streamed live by Kings Vision on and will be hosted by Bob Miller.

Sutter's hire had a few complications. He had to work out a financial arrangement with the Calgary Flames, who were still paying him as their former coach and general manager, and he also had to work on immigration concerns from Canada. But now he's in Los Angeles and he'll be in charge of the team come Wednesday morning.

Stevens will be retained by the club for at least the remainder of the season as an assistant to Sutter.

For more on the hire, check in with Kings blog Jewels From The Crown.


Darryl Sutter Hired As Los Angeles Kings Head Coach

After days of speculation, the news is official. Darryl Sutter is the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings, effectively replacing Terry Murray and pushing John Stevens, who held the interim tag for two games, back to an assistant coaching role. LA Kings Insider has details.

As noted before, immigration issues prevent Sutter from immediately joining the team, but he will take over when the team returns to Los Angeles. The only remaining question is the make-up of the rest of the coaching staff, although John Stevens is expected to stay aboard for at least the rest of this season.    

We don't know exactly when Sutter will be introduced as coach of the Kings, but it'll likely be at some point next week. Given those immigration issues, Stevens will certainly be behind the bench for the Kings on Saturday night against Detroit, and it's almost certain that he'll coach on Monday night in Toronto as well. 

Sutter will likely make his coaching debut for Los Angeles in their next home game Thursday against another team with a new head coach, the rival Anaheim Ducks

For more on the hiring of Darryl Sutter, check in with Kings blog Jewels From The Crown.


Darryl Sutter May Be Next Los Angeles Kings Head Coach, According To Reports

Darryl Sutter may be in line to be the next head coach of the Los Angeles Kings. According to several reports, including one from Rich Hammond at LA Kings Insider, the Kings have reached out to the Calgary Flames for permission to speak with Sutter about their coaching vacancy. Those talks are ongoing and "significant," according to Hammond.

If the sides work out an agreement - Sutter would also have to reach a financial agreement with the Calgary Flames, in terms of the rest of his contract - Sutter could be announced as the Kings' coach this week, although it's unlikely that he would be behind the bench Thursday in Columbus.     

Of course, the job isn't completely vacant. John Stevens, an assistant under recently fired head coach Terry Murray, has the interim tag. It just doesn't appear as though he'll have it for long now. There's no word on if he'd go back to an assistant role under Sutter. It's too early to tell at this point. 

Sutter has coached three NHL teams, seeing the most success with the Calgary Flames. In 2004, that team advanced to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final before losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning

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