NHL Kings extend contracts for coach, top execs
A day before a belated banner-raising to celebrate their 2012 Stanley Cup title, the Los Angeles Kings gave coach Darryl Sutter a multi-year National Hockey League contract extension on Friday.
The Kings, who defeated New Jersey in last year's NHL Final, also inked longer-term deals with president and general manager Dean Lombardi and business operations president Luc Robitaille. Details of the deals were not revealed.
"We are ecstatic that we have kept our leadership team in place both on the hockey side with Dean and Darryl and on the business side with Luc and remain in a position to continue competing for the Stanley Cup for many more years," Kings governor Tim Leiweke said.
Lombardi assembled the young talent that took the Kings from barely making the playoffs into a championship run, the 25-year NHL front office veteran building a core of young talent in six years with the club.
Robitaille, a 2009 inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame who is the all-time top scorer among NHL left wings and in Kings history, is also in his sixth season in his post.
Sutter, a former Calgary Flames coach and general manager, was hired in December of 2011 and went 25-13 with 11 regular draws before guiding the team to a 16-4 playoff run for the Kings' first NHL crown.
The Kings will open their NHL season at home on Saturday and raise their first-ever championship banner to the rafters in a pre-game ceremony.
The season was cut to 48 games per club in a money dispute with players that was settled earlier this month after delaying the season's start from last October.