Yes, indeed, despite the promise of impending labor Armageddon and a prolonged work-stoppage, your friends at Puck Daddy are previewing the 2012-13 NHL season (whenever the heck it starts). Why? Because this is the most important election in the history of all-time ever, and you need to know the candidates — like the Los Angeles Kings.
When coach Terry Murray was fired after 29 games, the Kings were 13-12-4 and couldn’t put the puck in the net. So there was some shock and awe when Darryl Sutter was brought on to replace him, considering he wasn’t exactly known for offense fireworks.
Turns out he was the perfect coach to finally get Los Angeles its first Stanley Cup.
Sutter went 25-13-11 in the regular season and the Kings steamrolled through the Western Conference playoffs with a 12-2 record. They went on to defeat the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Final in six games, with goalie Jonathan Quick taking home the Conn Smythe. They were the first No. 8 seed to ever win the Final.