A plethora of success has been had ever since General Manager Dean Lombardi hired his former colleague and long-time friend Darryl Sutter to step in and take over the helm of the Kings’ bench on December 17, 2011.
At the time of Sutter’s hiring, the Kings were mired in a slump in which they had lost six of their previous seven games, struggling to find their identity as they found themselves on the outside of the playoff picture looking in.
Later during that 2011-’12 season, Sutter led the Kings to the franchise’s first-ever Stanley Cup Championship. Two seasons later, in 2014, Sutter was behind the bench when his roster hoisted the Cup for the second time in three years.
Then, on October 14, 2014, he became the fastest coach in Kings history to hit the 100 regular season win mark. Sutter carried a 99-58-25 mark into the game where he would ultimately hit the century mark in the win column.
The Kings were playing host to the Edmonton Oilers that night in what was just their fourth game of the young 2014-’15 campaign. Coming into the night with a 1-1-1 record, and riding the energy coming off of their first win of the season, the Kings made short work of the Oilers – trouncing Edmonton 6-1 to get their head coach to triple digits in the win column.
The win that catapulted Sutter to his 100th win included arguably the most beautiful goal scored by the Kings of the season, via a shorthanded Tyler Toffoli:
Sutter, like we’ve been accustomed to expecting from the Kings head coach, downplayed the milestone.
“Actually, that’s not true is it? We’ve won a lot more games than that.”
Including the Kings’ three deep playoff runs, Sutter, at the time, had racked up 141 wins behind the Los Angeles bench.
Sutter’s predecessor, Terry Murray, was the second-fastest coach in Kings history to reach 100 wins – doing so in 197 games, 14 games shy of Sutter’s 183. Murray, like Sutter, also notched his 100th win against the Edmonton Oilers at STAPLES Center, on December 23, 2010.
The man who corralled Sutter to Los Angeles, General Manager Dean Lomardi, hit a milestone as well on that October 14, 2014 evening – picking up his 300th win with the Kings franchise since he joined the organization in April of 2006.
No other GM in Kings history has ever reached the 300-win mark.