Dean Lombardi

Darryl Sutter recalls taking over the offensive-struggling Kings five years ago Saturday

Darryl Sutter recalls taking over the offensive-struggling Kings five years ago Saturday

Darryl Sutter was feeding cattle on the family farm in Viking, Canada, when he took a call from Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi and made a decision that changed the course of the franchise’s history.

It was five years ago Saturday that The Times confirmed Sutter had agreed to replace Terry Murray and coach a team that was well-schooled defensively but struggled to score. Murray was fired after the team practiced in Boston to begin a trip that also stopped in Columbus and Detroit; the Kings will make the same stops on their current seven-game journey, including Sunday’s game at Boston.

Sutter’s hiring wasn’t announced for a few days, allowing him...

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