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Kings want to keep Sutter, sign Lucic

GM says coach 'certainly has an offer on the table'

by Curtis Zupke / Correspondent

The Los Angeles Kings have offered a contract to coach Darryl Sutter and are attempting to sign left wing Milan Lucic, general manager Dean Lombardi said Friday.

The multiyear contract Sutter signed in January 2013 is about to expire. In four-plus seasons with the Kings, Sutter is 186-112-45 and coached them to the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014.

"Darryl certainly has an offer on the table," Lombardi said. "You understand his personality and things. I think it's smart [for him to take his time]."

Lombardi called the offer "very fair." Sutter reached 100 wins with the Kings faster than any coach and is the fourth NHL coach to win at least 100 games with four teams. He has settled into the South Bay area of Los Angeles, and by all accounts likes his off-ice life.

"But just like when he came here and when his last contract was up, does he want to do it?" Lombardi said.

The Kings' season ended with a 6-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference First Round on April 22. Lombardi said he's needed time since then to reflect on the season.

"I think we have to re-evaluate everything," he said. "Here's the bottom line … to a degree, every part of us got a little full of ourselves."

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Another priority for Lombardi is signing Lucic, who had 20 goals, 35 assists and a plus-26 rating in 81 games in his first season with the Kings. He can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

"Still working on it," Lombardi said.

The Kings acquired Lucic from the Boston Bruins in a trade for goalie Martin Jones, defense prospect Colin Miller, and a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

After a slow start, Lucic fit in well with the Kings as an edgy power forward.

"Good kid and a great fit," Lombardi said. "There's still some work to be done here. I don't see anything quickly on the horizon."

There are other roster decisions to be made in another tight financial situation. Forwards Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter and Marian Gaborik, defenseman Drew Doughty and goaltender Jonathan Quick combine for an NHL salary-cap charge of $38.82 million for next season, according to

Brown, the Kings captain who has a salary-cap charge of $5.875 million per season through 2021-22, had 11 goals and 28 points in 82 games and spent time on the third and fourth lines this season.

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"I don't think there's anybody more frustrated on an individual basis than Dustin himself," Lombardi said.

Goalie Jhonas Enroth, forwards Trevor Lewis and Kris Versteeg and defensemen Luke Schenn and Jamie McBain can become unrestricted free agents July 1.

Enroth cited frustration regarding his lack of playing time during the Kings' exit meetings last month and it's unclear if he will return. Lewis has provided quality depth on two Cup championship teams and Sutter likes him.

Lombardi also has to think ahead because forwards Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson will become restricted free agents at the end of next season.

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