Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Los Angeles Coach Tough Nut to Crack

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Los Angeles Coach Tough Nut to Crack

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LOS ANGELES -- Journalists trying to describe Darryl Sutter's dealings with journalists often struggle to put into words a guy who has a unique way of putting things into words.

He is Bill Belichick crossed with Casey Stengel, crossed with, well, there is a certain Phil Jackson-esque Zen to some of his utterances.

Let's just say it's Darryl being Darryl.

The Los Angeles Kings coach is a championship-winning mini- celebrity in the pop culture capital of the universe and yet at age 55 remains an Alberta farm boy at heart, one not inclined to change for the bright lights.

Is he this quiet and inscrutable around his players?

"I don't think his personality is different than what you see," captain Dustin Brown said Friday after an off-day Stanley Cup final practice. "It's just who he is. I think he's a little bit more talkative with us. Then again, we're not asking him questions."

He often answers as he sees fit, whether he addresses the actual question. There are awkward silences; mumbled, sarcastic answers; and pointed challenges to aspersions cast against his players. …

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