Its looking more and more certain that the Los Angeles Kings are interested in hiring former Sharks head coach Darryl Sutter.
According to L.A. Kings insider Rich Hammond:
The Kings have sought permission from the Calgary Flames to speak with Darryl Sutter as Terry Murrays replacement, a source said Tuesday morning. Sutter left his role as Calgarys general manager last December but remains under contract with the Flames. Theres no indication as to when Sutter might take over.
The Kings are in Boston on Tuesday night led by interim coach John Stevens, who was an assistant under former head coach Terry Murray. Murray was fired on Monday.
Kings general manager Dean Lombardi hired Sutter in 1997, when he was in the same role with the Sharks.
Sutter was the head coach of the Sharks from 1997-2002, compiling a 192-167-75 record with San Jose, before joining the Calgary Flames organization. He was fired by Lombardi on Dec. 1, 2002.
VANCOUVER – Kevin Labanc, Barclay Goodrow and Tim Heed have accompanied the Sharks to Vancouver, and will presumably be available to play against the Canucks on Saturday in the first game after the bye week.
Forwards Timo Meier, Nikolay Goldobin and Marcus Sorensen, all of whom have played games with the NHL club this season, remain with the AHL Barracuda for the time being.
Labanc, 21, has 18 points (7g, 11a) in 45 games this season. Lately he has been skating as the left wing on the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski, and is looking to snap a 21-game goal drought.
Goodrow, 23, has played one game with the Sharks this season, going scoreless on Jan. 24 at Winnipeg. Unless the Sharks recall someone else before their game with the Canucks, Goodrow will likely play his second game as the team is carrying just 12 healthy forwards as of Friday afternoon. Joonas Donskoi did not accompany the Sharks to Vancouver, and remains day-to-day with what the club is offically calling an upper body injury but appears to be a right shoulder.
Heed, likely the seventh defenseman in case of emergency, has also played one scoreless game on Jan. 11 at Calgary.
Dylan DeMelo made the trip, but is still not ready. The defenseman told CSN last week that he’s on schedule with an eight-week recovery from a broken right wrist that would put his return around early March.
Several Vancouver Canucks are battling an outbreak of the mumps ahead of a game on Saturday with the Sharks at Rogers Arena.
At least five players are expected to miss the game. Troy Stecher is the only player with a confirmed test result, general manager Jim Benning said in a statement, but Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund “have each presented symptoms.”
Players with symptoms are “immediately being tested and quarantined in isolation for a five-day period from the onset of symptoms or until test results prove negative.”
Vancouver Coastal Health authorities were on hand at Rogers Arena on Friday to screen players and staff, and issue immunizations if necessary.
The Sharks and Canucks will both be coming off of their bye week when they play for the second of five times this season.