Kings make minor-league trade for Darryl Sutter's eldest son

Kings make minor-league trade for Darryl Sutter's eldest son
Kings Coach Darryl Sutter looks on during the third period of a game against the Washington Capitols on Feb. 16. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

The Kings opted to make their bigger moves before the trade deadline, pulling off one small deal on Monday, not involving a current NHL player.

What was interesting was the familiar name: forward Brett Sutter.


He is the oldest son of Kings Coach Darryl Sutter and had been with the Iowa Wild, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Minnesota Wild. Sutter, 28, had 14 points and 37 penalty minutes with Iowa this season.

The NHL's trade deadline was Monday.

It is expected that Sutter will be assigned to the Kings' affiliate in Ontario, Calif.

The Wild organization will be getting minor-league forward Scott Sabourin, who had three goals and five points in 28 games with Ontario this season.

This won't be the first time that Brett will be in the same organization as his father.

Darryl, who was then Calgary's general manager, traded Brett to the Carolina Hurricanes in November of the 2010-11 season.

"One of the things Darryl has already prided himself on is being able to separate out personal relationships and the business aspect of what it is we do," said then-Calgary Flames executive Jay Feaster, on a conference call with reporters, following that 2010 trade to Carolina.

Newly acquired forward Kris Versteeg was scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles later Monday. The Kings traded for him on Sunday in a deal with the Carolina Hurricanes, sending prospect Valentin Zykov and a conditional draft choice to the Hurricanes.

Versteeg won two Stanley Cups in his two tenures with the Chicago Blackhawks and spoke about the intensity of the games between the Kings and Chicago.

"Those were battles," he said in an interview with Sportsnet radio (590) in Toronto. "They're exciting, fast-paced games and every time you're on the ice against the Kings, you've got to keep your head up and understand where guys are coming from. They keep you honest an entire game.

"I'm excited to join that and be a part of that now. I'm not a guy that's going to overpower anyone or do anything like that. I'm going to try to play smart and be feisty and tenacious that way. But it's exciting to be able to play with these big bodies and watch them make room and be physical and be part of that makeup."

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