Darryl Sutter is a man of few words.
But, man, can he generate a laugh with his bland, dry comments.
If you give Sutter a close-ended question, you better expect a short response. In fact, give him an open-ended question and you still might get a limited response.
For example: “What did you tell the team after the game?”
Answer: “Fly at 11.”
Sutter is hockey’s less surly answer to basketball’s Gregg Popovich, coach of the somehow-still-elite San Antonio Spurs. ‘Pop’ has become known for his terse sideline interviews, just as Sutter is acclaimed for his abrupt post-game sessions.
It may be frustrating for the reporters on scene, but hey, at least Sutter’s not hostile about it like John Tortorella.
Before Game 3 Monday night, CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada showed a montage of some of Sutter’s finest moments in his post-game pressers. And after, they threw to a live interview by Scott Oake with the Kings coach.
This is great.