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Sutter will return to coach Kings: report

Two-time Cup winner agrees to terms on new contract

by NHL.com @NHL / NHL.com

Darryl Sutter will return to coach the Los Angeles Kings, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

Sutter and the Kings have agreed to terms on a new contract, and an official announcement could be made as soon as Friday.

"I have no desire to go anywhere else or do any of that," Sutter told the newspaper earlier Thursday. "We'll get it worked out. That's my plan."

Sutter's contract expires July 1. Kings general manager Dean Lombardi said May 6 he made a very fair offer to Sutter to keep him in place, but two days later Sportsnet reported Sutter was undecided about returning.

On Thursday, Sutter said, "The [contract] parameters are pretty clear. We just wanted to make sure … trying to get everything lined up to make sure everything works out."

The contract is reported to be for two years plus an option for more than $3 million per season.

Sutter was hired by the Kings on Dec. 20, 2011, to replace Terry Murray. In four-plus seasons he is 186-112-45, winning the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014.

The Kings finished second in the Pacific Division this season and lost to the San Jose Sharks in five games in the Western Conference First Round.

Sutter said he's been following Ontario, the Kings' American Hockey League team, in the playoffs. His son Brett Sutter plays for Ontario.

"We want to get a good read on some of those kids over there," Darryl Sutter said. "That's been fun, seeing a lot of those boys from last year's [AHL] playoffs to this year's playoffs, seeing how they've come along. When we talk about [the Kings] next year, we have five or six guys that show they can contribute to our team. It's been a really good experience for them to go through a long playoff run again."

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