Darryl Sutter says ‘no way’ on potentially coaching Capitals, announces retirement from NHL

On Monday, the Washington Capitals announced that they accepted the resignation of Barry Trotz, less than two weeks after the franchise won its first Stanley Cup. Trotz was looking for a new five-year contract extension worth approximately $5 million a year.

The Capitals are expected to hire associate coach Todd Reirden, who they’ve been grooming, as their next head coach, but if they choose to go in a different direction, they can take one prominent name off their list.

Wednesday, two-time Stanley Cup-winning head coach Darryl Sutter announced his retirement from the NHL in an article published by Sportsnet.

“Forty years, that’s enough,” Sutter said to Eric Francis when asked if he’d consider the Washington gig. “No way, I’d be too far away from the grandkids.”

Sutter spent 18 years as a NHL head coach, leading the Chicago Blackhawks, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, and Los Angeles Kings behind the bench. The 59-year-old won two Stanley Cups with the Kings (2011-12, 2013-14), but was fired on April 10, 2017, after the Kings missed the playoffs for the second time in three years.

According to Francis, Sutter still had two years left on a deal paying him over $3 million. When he originally signed that contract, Sutter denied it’d be his last coaching deal, saying “I still have plenty of coaching left.”

But now that Sutter is completely engrossed in his new life managing a 3,000-acre farm in Viking, Alberta, he’s had a change of heart.

“I love my schedule now – that’s the best way to put it,” he said. “I enjoy watching the game on TV and I pull for certain players and I’m totally at peace with not coaching.”

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