Sooooo three practices in ROR comes up and says "look Darryl, whatchoo think about letting us focus on passing and manipulating space in the o-zone rather than cycling, unless it's me okie and Carrier?"
I think that's the key difference between LA and Chicago more than anything else, the decision to actively filter pucks to the point rather than passing up quantity to look for quality scoring chances. Did the Kings do this because they were told by a coach who will never not do this, or did the coach recognize that he had the biggest, baddest, fastest group of wingers in the league with some stud possession centers?
I dunno the extent, but I do think there's something to the notion that Sutter's system stifles team scoring. Even in their heyday, they had trouble scoring consistently, which is why they could be so good yet still manage to miss the playoffs or be a low seed. As you say though, the why is critical.
I suppose I'm skeptical that a coach who won two Cups doing it one way is going to be especially flexible when presented with a different roster. Put differently, maybe he ran the cycle that way because of the roster, but through winning two Cups, he may now believe that's *the* way to do it.
It is so, so important that we don't hire Capuano.
I'd lose my ######. Completely and totally lose it.