After LA Kings Head Coach Terry Murray was relieved of his position a few weeks ago, it is again being reported by the Los Angeles Times that The Kings have decided on a replacement. For the meantime assistant coach John Stevens has taken over the position, but the organization is still looking for a permanent head coach. The Times predicted that Darryl Sutter is the most likely candidate for the job, and now are reporting that he is officially going to be named the head coach of the La Kings.
The NHL posted the report that the Times is reporting that Sutter will be the new head coach but the delay of this is due to immigration issues, as Sutter is a Canadian Citizen. The official report about this probably will not be issued by the Kings until next week, but the Times are insisting that their reports are accurate as they come from a Kings insider.
Sutter is famous for being one of the six Sutter brothers that played in the league back in the 70s and 80s. After his retirement from playing, Darryl Sutter continued to work within the hockey community through various coaching positions. He has coached for such teams as the Blackhawks, The Sharks and the Flames, and he brought the Flames close to the Stanley Cup back in 2004. He was even the Flames General Manager for awhile until he resigned from the position in 2011.
The Kings really need a good coach to step in as they are currently last in the league despite acquiring players like Simon Gange and Mike Richards. Even though it is clear that Sutter is the most likely choice for the head coach nothing is set in stone yet.
The Times is also reporting that the team is most likely to keep John Stevens on in his previous position as the assistant coach, at least for the rest of this season. Depending on how the season goes after the new head coach starts will depend on if Stevens will stay in his current position.