The defending Stanley Cup champions find themselves on the outside of the playoffs looking in. Their coach, according to a report in the New York Post, recently found himself locked out of the locker room desperately trying to get in.
Larry Brooks reports that “the Kings locked the door to their locker room following a defeat on the road within the last two weeks so that [Daryl] Sutter could not get in and deliver what the players apparently expected to be another in a series of lectures/tirades.”
Sutter, who, along with five of his brothers, played in the NHL, has won two Stanley Cups as the Los Angeles Kings coach. Despite Sutter leading the Kings to the only two championships in the franchise’s nearly half-century of existence, his act has apparently worn thin on his players.
Brooks reports that “after Sutter finally tracked down an arena operative to unlock the door, he was greeted by three heavy waste receptacles lined up as barricade to what had become an empty room.”
The Kings locker room is again empty. They finished the season two points behind the Calgary Flames, for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.