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September 29, 2016 9:03 pm - JonRosen

The “all business” approach to playing for his father, Kings

It’s not necessarily easy for Brett Sutter to answer questions about playing for his father, Darryl. Wherever he’s played, he’s been just another one of the guys, an honest, hardworking two-way player, an effective forechecker. At any of his major junior or American Hockey League stops, or with the Calgary Flames, or Carolina Hurricanes, or Minnesota Wild, he’s been evaluated not by the name on the back of his jersey, but because of what he has done to help the emblem on the front. So, when presented with the opportunity to suit up for the Kings – as he did […]

September 29, 2016 4:21 pm - JonRosen

September 29 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter

On watching the game from upstairs on Wednesday: It’s a good place to watch a game from. Wanted to see some system things we’ve been working on, see where we’re at from a team standpoint and individual. On the next step he’d like to see Tanner Pearson take: Play a full season again. Contribute at both ends of the ice. I’d like to see his numbers go up offensively. He’s a really reliable guy. He’s a guy you can count on. Just want him to take that next step. We need that group of guys to really take a step […]

September 29, 2016 3:28 pm - JonRosen

September 29 practice notes; who travels to Denver, Vernon?

Good afternoon from Toyota Sports Center, where I’ll share a few practice notes and some Darryl Sutter quotes before taking off for Denver. The Kings travel to Colorado to face the Avalanche at Pepsi Center tomorrow before heading up to Vernon, B.C. for a Kraft Hockeyville preseason game at Kal Tire Place on Sunday. That same Sunday, a split-squad team will also face the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center. A few bits: -Darryl Sutter indicated that the decision on whether the team will keep seven or eight defensemen will come into focus next week, once the full contingent of players […]

September 29, 2016 12:13 pm - JonRosen

Black and White Season 2, Episode 1: Sutter Farm

Rob McPherson, Phillip Radke and Chris Wohlers put a great amount of work into the Black and White season two premiere, a detailed look into Darryl Sutter’s off-season lifestyle at the family farm just outside of the town of Viking, Alberta. From my gatherings, it’s the video team’s favorite Black and White to date, and it captures the honest work and neighborly instincts embedded in the Sutters’ daily routine. You also get to see Sutter compare herding bulls onto a truck to enticing a pair of players to get onto the ice for practice. It’s a great feature with superb […]

September 28, 2016 11:23 pm - JonRosen

September 28 postgame quotes: Stevens, Setoguchi, Dowd

John Stevens, on the improvements from the preseason opener to Wednesday: I think you’re still seeing an awful lot of guys on both teams get an opportunity to play in NHL games, and we’re just hoping that guys will come out and take advantage of the opportunity. They’re going to get more ice time probably in situations than they would when all the guys are back, so we thought tonight the effort was solid. We really liked the work and the detail. Like everybody else, we’re trying to improve parts of our game. We were very clean breaking the puck […]

September 28, 2016 7:31 pm - JonRosen

Live Blog: Los Angeles vs Anaheim

Los Angeles Kings 6, Anaheim Ducks 1 Final Live Audio Stream Box Score SOG: LAK – 47, ANA – 26 PP: LAK – 1/5, ANA – 0/4 LAK starters: G Peter Budaj, D Derek Forbort, D Matt Greene, LW Devin Setoguchi, C Adrian Kempe, RW Dustin Brown ANA starters: G Dustin Tokarski, D Nate Guenin, D Simon Despres, LW Nick Ritchie, C Michael Sgarbossa, RW Nick Sorensen THIRD PERIOD 20:00: As you were. 17:00: McCollum stops Boll’s backhanded attempt from just outside the crease. 16:10: Gravel covers some ground quickly to take time and space away from Wagner, who nearly […]

September 28, 2016 4:44 pm - JonRosen

Vying for a full-time role, Mersch regarded as great student

Michael Mersch, he of the 17-game, one-goal, three-point stint with the Kings last season, is vying for permanence on this year’s Kings roster. Based on the sentiment coming from the team at the end of last season, Los Angeles appears to be more willing to offer some depth positions to its younger players coming up from the American Hockey League than in previous training camps. On the other hand, Mersch is still on his entry-level contract and can be assigned to Ontario without having to clear waivers. Mersch isn’t expected to contend for a top-six role, though Marian Gaborik’s injury […]

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