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Sutter expects to stay with Kings: report

Los Angeles coach: 'We'll get it worked out. That's my plan.'

by @NHL /

Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter is positive he'll remain in his current position, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. 

"I have no desire to go anywhere else or do any of that," Sutter said. "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's made a "very fair" offer to Sutter to keep him in place, but two days later Sportsnet reported Sutter was undecided about returning to coach the Kings. 

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."

Sutter was hired by the Kings on Dec. 20, 2011, to replace Terry Murray. In parts of five seasons he's gone 186-112-45, winning the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014.

The Kings finished second in the Pacific Division this season but 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 plays for Ontario. 

"We want to get a good read on some of those kids over there," 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.

"They basically gained a year's experience. They're doing it again. That's going to help them become NHL players … hopefully sooner than later."

Sutter said having his family with him in California will influence his decision. In addition to Brett, Sutter's wife Wanda and son Christopher have been spending more time with him in California.

"Two things for me are important," Sutter said. "Family obviously. Wanda and Chris really like it here. The next part is: Our team is going to change. We have to be able to adjust. You want to be able to do it sooner than later. So you want to know what you're going to have and how you're going to play. That's the challenge, and that's the good thing."

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