Sutter’s Cup reign; appoints Payne
Listen up for a second, because he turned this thing around.
Airwaves out of Kings camp have been quiet as of late, but the celebrations with the Stanley Cup continue to pass through the organization – and recently, to some of the biggest assets that attributed to the Kings’ unprecedented success this past season.
There’s been some business, too.
The only void left for the Kings to fill (at the moment) this offseason, came in the hiring of a new assistant coach to replace Jamie Kompon on Friday. If it’s too early to be impressed with Darryl Sutter‘s selection, you can certainly say it’s an upgrade – on paper, at least.
Like you just don’t care
Frequent flyer: The Stanley Cup has made it’s personal rounds with four more Kings staff personnel and two more players since we last touched base. There’s a very notable bunch in this group of visits, including the three names that were arguably the true foundation to the Kings’ playoff success.
July 20, 21, 22 – Red Deer & Viking, Alberta
Sutter was granted three days with the Stanley Cup, and if that’s not deserving enough for the coach who revamped a lost roster into the best in the NHL, it is for his family. The Sutter family has produced six NHL players, yet last week was the first time anyone in one of hockey’s most historic families brought the Stanley Cup home to celebrate. After an appearance at a golf tournament in Red Deer, the Cup spent two days on the family farm in Viking, Alberta.
July 27 – Greenwich, Connecticut
Quick, who held his goaltending camp in Stamford, CT for the third consecutive summer, graced the attendees with a Stanley Cup visit to start the day. Quick showcased the trophy at a number of private events throughout the day, ending the celebration at a local beach in Greenwich, CT. Quick didn’t just present the Stanley Cup, but the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl and Conn Smythe Trophy as well.
Addition to the family
July 28 – Ithaca, New York
Brown showed the same leadership in his celebration with the Cup as he did in winning it. The Kings’ Captain presented the Cup at his local school, Ithaca High School, allowing all in attendance to take a picture with the trophy. Brown’s wife, who’s cousin died while serving in Afghanistan, was at the forefront of Brown’s priorities on his day of celebration. All proceeds that went to over the 1,000 people to purchase photos with the Cup, and other various raffles, went to the Semper Fi Fund.
The Payne train
Assistance: The attributes Darryl Sutter demanded for his new assistant coach were made clear, and if you look at the resume Davis Payne beholds, it’s difficult to not see this as an extremely fitting hire.
Sutter was blunt in his need for his new assistant to have familiarity with the Western Conference. Davis Payne spent the better of the past three seasons as head coach of the St. Louis Blues, coaching in 137 games with a 67-55-15 record. Payne instantly brings Western Conference experience, with some decent success to go along with it.
Sutter wanted someone with NHL head coaching experience, we’ve hit two birds with one stone.
Sutter wanted someone younger. We’ve got a trifecta going for Davis Payne here.
Good start, no?
At the end of the day, it’s not Jamie Kompon. It has the makings to be much, much better.
Something good, something like this