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Darryl Sutter doesn't plan to retire, looking for right fit: report

Former Kings coach says he's willing to join rebuilding team

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Former Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter has no plans to retire but wants the right fit and won't rush into a new job, he told TSN on Thursday.

Sutter and general manager Dean Lombardi were fired April 10 after the Kings missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in three seasons. Sutter coached the Kings for six seasons and won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014.

Sutter, 58, said he'd be willing to go to a rebuilding team "if I have comfort with the situation," or to a contender.

"I'm interested in both," he said.

The Buffalo Sabres (who fired coach Dan Bylsma on April 21) and the Florida Panthers (who reassigned coach Tom Rowe on April 10) are the two NHL teams with a coaching vacancy.

"Not yet," Sutter said about his plans to retire. "The game has given us everything and we still have lots to give."

He said a key consideration is that whatever job he chooses is a good fit for his family.

"Been lucky," he said. "But I'm not 30 and don't need to take the first job. If it's right for Chris (his son), Wanda (his wife) and myself, we'll give it a look."

Sutter is 634-467-83 with 101 ties as coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Calgary Flames and Kings.

"We were six years in [Los Angeles] and won a couple times, six years in Calgary, six years in San Jose, a long time in Chicago," he said. "All [have] been great."

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