Sutter `counting on' Carter playing tomorrow - LA Kings Insider

Darryl Sutter shrugged off the suggestion that tomorrow’s game might be a cause for concern. The once-again-hot Chicago Blackhawks are in town, and the Kings will be trying to incorporate two players — Jeff Carter and Slava Voynov — into the lineup, and that’s assuming Carter is able to play. The Kings will hope that excitement of a new addition will supersede any trade-deadline distraction. After practice today, Sutter spoke at length about Carter joining the team and the impact of the trade…

SUTTER: “Well, obviously it’s a name that the organization is very familiar with. I think Dean and Ron Hextall and John Stevens are all very familiar with Jeff, so it’s a name that they’ve brought up before. You’ve got to give to get, right? You’re getting an awesome forward and you’re giving up a good, young defenseman.’’

Question: Can Voynov step in and fill (Johnson’s) role?

SUTTER: “Absolutely. Everybody looks at it as, you’re in a playoff race or whatever, and you’re just looking to fill that hole, but Dean’s vision, in the long-term part of it, is a player like Slava playing. We sent him down, and everybody thinks you send guys down because they’re not playing well. It’s that, where he’s got to play, he wasn’t fitting. So now we need him to play in that spot.’’

Question: Do you think Carter can get back to that top-level scoring?

SUTTER: “I’ve never seen any of us be right in (predicting) that. The bottom line is, sometimes it happens quick, sometimes it takes time. That’s the most important part. You want him to come in and play well and play his game, and then go from there. The familiarity, not only with Richards but a lot of guys — those guys in that age group, he has played with a lot of these guys — so it’s not like he’s unfamiliar with the group.’’

Question: Does it help him to have people around here that he’s familiar with?

SUTTER: “It’s always a comfort level for players. First off, it’s not easy being traded, and it’s not easy only for the players coming in but also for the players already in there. So if there is a friendship or relationship with somebody, I think it’s critical. All you do is put yourself in their shoes, as young players. It’s different, maybe, for an older player who has moved around, or an established veteran. Just take a step back and pretend you’re them, and you understand how difficult it could be, or would be.’’

Question: Do you know where he will play?

SUTTER: “Obviously we have two No. 1 centermen, in Kopitar and Richards, so he’s got to play wing. If you have two No. 1 centermen, he’s a right winger and he’s going to play right wing with one of those two guys.’’

Question: Do you know if he played with Richards a lot in Philly?

SUTTER: “They played off and on. That’s really got nothing to do with this. They’ve played together, not just in Philadelphia but in other tournaments, in other situations. It’s more that those kids are the same age, and they basically grew up together (in hockey).’’

Question: What will tomorrow be like, with the uncertainty of Carter playing and Voynov coming in?

SUTTER: “I don’t think there’s any uncertainty, not at all. Slava is familiar with what we do, and that’s not a problem. He has played with Willie before, and that’s not a problem. Jeff is excited to be here. You still pull them on and lace them up the same way. I don’t think there’s any uncertainty.’’

Question: Do you think Carter will play tomorrow?

SUTTER: “We’re counting on it. Both Jack and Jeff have to clear medically. You have as good a handle on that as I would.’’

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • - No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • - Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • - Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • - Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • - Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.
Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.