That guy you see on TV? The one with the semi-permanent scowl who can do an entire post game new conference in 25 words or less? This is not that guy.
“I’ve always enjoyed talking one-on-one with people,” Sutter says. “I just don’t like talking after games. We all saw what happened on the ice. I don’t have much to add. Most questions you can answer with ‘yes, no…maybe.' So I don’t want to go much beyond that.”
That Darryl - post-game Darryl - is a nightmare for reporters on deadline starving for a usable quote. But it’s a dream for those of us who love theatre of the absurd. That includes L.A. Kings players, who often turn on their coach’s podium performances in the dressing room to watch them live. It’s their favourite show.
“We do get a big kick out of it,” laughs Anze Kopitar. “Though it depends on how we played. Some nights are less funny than others.”