TRH Gameday 33 – Toronto Maple Leafs: The Farmer in the Hell


Game #33

LA Kings
(14-14-4, 22nd in NHL)
vs
Toronto Maple Leafs
(16-13-3, 17th in NHL)

Monday, 4:00pm, Air Canada Centre
Toronto, ON

BEST PLAYER TO WEAR BOTH COLORS:

#3 Overall Pick in 1995, Aki Berg.

BEST NON-CALL BY A REFEREE IN LA KINGS HISTORY:


 

BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LA KING EVER… LET ALONE IN GAME 7 OF THE CONFERENCE FINALS:

Wow, Wayne Gretzky had more goals in that Game 7 then the LA Kings have in 11 games.

ONLY OPPOSITION BLOG:
Pension Plan Puppets

From the Calgary Sun

It’s commonly believed only one man alive was going to give Darryl Sutter another chance to coach in the NHL again: His longtime pal, Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi.

That fact — and the fact Sutter never openly campaigned to return to the league — partially explains why it is taking so long for Sutter to get his house in order before joining the Kings on Monday or, more likely, on Tuesday.

Sutter has been running a multi-million dollar calving operation in Viking, Alta., the last year with over 200 cows and needed time to find a ranch-hand to run it for him, amongst other issues.

Wait a second… Darryl Sutter has a multi-million dollar cow farm and the Kings still needed to negotiate his monetary compensation to the Calgary Flames? Are the Flames getting paid in veal? This whole Farmer Sutter hiring fiasco has reminded me of that scene at the start of Major League, where the Cleveland Indians executive calls Lou Brown to offer him the Manager position for the team.

Cows are Darryl Sutter’s white walls.

I have a feeling that this article about Darryl’s brother and current Calgary Flames head coach, Brent Sutter, gives good insight on how Darryl will approach taking over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Like most ranchers, conversation starts with rain concerns and is subsequently punctuated with terms most city boys can only pretend to understand.

“This year, we’ll be calving out around 375 head of cows,” said [Brent] Sutter, after putting on a ball cap and a pair of boots to give a tour of the cow/calf operation he grew from the ground up.

“To be involved in this industry, you’ve got to know about cattle, how to drive machinery and upkeep it and mend fences. Growing up in Viking, we had cattle, pig, chickens … and we were grain farmers. The seven boys, we used to butcher the chickens, sell cream from the dairy cows to the creamery, milk them morning and night … We all had our chores to do on the farm. Now, Darryl has a very similar operation in Viking, and Brian has a similar place just outside of town.

“It’s just a way of life.”

Darryl Sutter is soon going to learn that the only butchering he is going to see in Los Angeles is Jack Johnson’s passes out of the defensive zone. 

The Royal Half has been a Los Angeles Kings fan since 1988 and a Half-Season Ticket Holder since 2002. He has seen the following goaltenders play in person for the Los Angeles Kings… Kelly Hrudey, Grant Fuhr, Byron Dafoe, Jamie Storr, Stephane Fiset, Felix Potvin, Cristobal Huet, Roman Cechmanek, Mathieu Garon, Adam Hauser, Jason LaBarbera, Barry Brust, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Yutaka Fukufuji, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Erik Ersberg, Jonathan Bernier, Jonathan Quick, Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones.You can follow The Royal Half on Twitter @TheRoyalHalf.