Darryl Sutter took a turn at a little stand-up comedy Saturday, a day after rival coach Pete DeBoer had everybody laughing. The Los Angeles Kings head coach is often portrayed as a taciturn grump, and he is at times, although Sutter has a dry sense of humour that shines on occasion.
Several hours before the Kings played DeBoer and the New Jersey Devils in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final, Sutter dished out a few laughs while parrying with the media. He was asked if he thought the post-season was flying by and Sutter agreed, saying a significant holiday in Canada was already upon us.
“Yeah, it does go fast. Darn right,” Sutter said after noting Father Time was looking at Kings executive Jack Ferreira, who turned 68 Saturday. “Series are two weeks, you’re going in those 10 to 14-day blocks, it does go fast.
“You’re into the middle of June already. In Canada this weekend, it’s Farmers’ Day.”
Even the Canadian reporters were scratching their heads at that one. What is Farmers’ Day?”
“It’s like a big picnic with coolers,” Sutter said to much laughter. “Don’t know if you know what that means.”
Sutter will stay with winger Simon Gagne, who returned in Game 3 from a lengthy absence due to a concussion, in his lineup. The Kings need Gagne’s scoring potential in a series where goals are scarce, although they hold a 3-1 lead and can win the Cup on Saturday night.
“I think he’s felt a little better as he’s gone along,” Sutter said. “In the last game he had a couple of good opportunities. I’d like to see him finish. That’s what he’s basically put in the lineup for.”
DeBoer will also keep the same lineup for Saturday’s game, which means veterans Petr Sykora and Henrik Tallinder will play again at forward and on defence, respectively.