February 21, 2013
The Stanley Cup Hangover: L.A. Kings proof it exists
By ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

Darryl Sutter may not want to admit to the notion of a 'Stanley Cup Hangover,' but his squad is proof such a thing exists. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images-AFP)

There are few people left in hockey as old school as Darryl Sutter. So it was entirely predictable the L.A. Kings coach would not only meet the wall of inquiring media types with typical contempt but with a flat denial his 22nd-place NHL team is suffering from a Stanley Cup hangover.

"Well, I know what a hangover is," spat the former Flames architect/coach/fall guy without a hint of a smile Wednesday morning.

"And I didn't have one. What does that mean? A hangover for us is a lot of injured players. Guys are still injured, so that's what it is. We're a different team. I don't think there's anything that held us back other than injures."

While very few players, coaches or front office types in hockey lore ever admit their team suffers from a letdown following a summer of celebration, the phenomenon of seeing the champs on the ropes one year later is generally a reality. At least early on.



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