Sharks Coach Signs Contract Extension

Published June 7th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Darryl Sutter, who coached the San Jose Sharks to an upset of the St. Louis Blues in the first round of this year's Stanley Cup playoffs, was rewarded with a contract extension in San Jose, Tuesday. 

The Sharks finished fourth in the NHL Pacific Division with 87 points and improved their total for the third consecutive season under Sutter. 

San Jose defeated the Blues in seven games before losing to the Dallas Stars in five in the Western Conference semifinals. 

"There have been nine coaches in the last 50 years who have coached a team to three consecutive seasons with a point improvement in the standings, and Darryl is one of them," San Jose general manager Dean Lombardi said. "The challenge for him will now be to become just the fourth coach to do it four seasons in a row." 

In his three years in San Jose, Sutter has a 100-108 with 38 drawn record, guiding the Sharks to three straight playoff berths. 

Prior to coming to San Jose, Sutter coached the Chicago Blackhawks from 1992-95. He has a career coaching mark of 210-188 with 64 drawn and ranks eighth among active NHL coaches in regular-season victories - (AFP)

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