Kings' Darryl Sutter to Use More Players in Shortened NHL Season
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Kings Coach Darryl Sutter sees the need to utilize plenty of players in the upcoming abbreviated NHL season.
Sutter is the only current coach in the NHL who was a coach during the 48-game season in 1994-95.
"Everybody's talking about the importance of a good start, but the one thing that I take out of the 48-game schedule that year was how you needed lots of players. I bet if you look back at Chicago that year we probably used 16 or 17 forwards."
Camps are on track to start Sunday but the extensive fitness tests that players usually undergo on the first day might be condensed in order to get players onto the ice as soon as possible.
"To me it's not really training camp. It's more trying to get five good practices in," said Sutter.
His latest plan calls for a relatively small group of five lines, four defense pairs and two goaltenders.
"You're going to have an unbalanced schedule and there's so many things we don't know," he said.
Sutter's 1994-95 Chicago Blackhawks endured a 13-game winless streak and were 24-19-5 but still advanced to the conference finals, where they lost to Detroit.
- Truncated NHL Season Kicks Off with 13 Blockbuster Games
- Kings' Darryl Sutter to Use More Players in Shortened NHL Season
- Ducks Hire Former Player Scott Niedermayer as Assistant Coach
- Henrik Zetterberg to Become Red Wings Captain
- NHL and Players' Union Reach 'Tentative' Agreement on New Labor Deal
- Grimaldi, Gibson Star as US Bags Gold in World Junior Hockey
- NHL, Players' Union Discuss Expanding Playoffs to 20 Teams
- NHL and Players Union Resume Negotiations
- NHL Confirms Comprehensive Proposal to Players Union
- Coaches and Players Embarrassed as NHL Lockout Drags On
- Raleigh Businesses, Employees Feeling Impact of NHL Lockout
- Despite NHL Lockout, Minor League Hockey Suffers Drop in Attendance
- NHL Players Approve Authorization to Dissolve Union
- NHL Sets 'Point of No-Return' Mid-January
- NHL Launches Two Legal Maneuvers Regarding Lockout
- Sidney Crosby Feels Parties in NHL Talks Not Making Sense
- Canada's Junior Hockey Team Status Depends Largely on NHL Lockout
- Several NHL Players Still Optimistic About Negotiations
- NHL Rejects Latest Union Proposal, Season Now in Jeopardy
- Goalie Josh Harding to Continue Hockey Career Despite Multiple Sclerosis
- Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay Defends Bettman
- NHL Too Expensive for Canadians According to Survey
- Blackhawks Center Bolland Remorseful After Retweeting Post
- NHL Lockout: Canadian Beer Sales Down
- Canadian Adult Shops Industry Booming During NHL Lockout
- Scott Niedermayer Modest About Hockey Hall of Fame Honor
Copyright © 2012 AHN - All Rights Reserved