Tough love for Martinez
After the win over St. Louis, Darryl Sutter commended the play of his “four kids” on defense, mentioning Jake Muzzin, Keaton Ellerby, Slava Voynov and Drew Doughty by name.
After today’s morning skate, Sutter made it quite clear that he hadn’t simply forgotten Alec Martinez’s name while evaluating the play of his 25-year-old blueliner.
Darryl Sutter, on his evaluation of Alec Martinez’s play since his return from injured reserve:
“He’s struggled. Quite honestly, when he got hurt, the team was, quite honest, not playing as well as they should have and he…has to be a bigger part of the solution if he wants to stay in the lineup. I think that he’s a young player that hasn‘t played much in this league, and my job is to teach them and make sure they’re prepared to compete, but if they don’t learn and they don’t compete, then they’re going to have trouble with me in terms of how much they play and if they play. And that’s the truth.”