March 11 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On Tyler Toffoli’s recall:
“We play a lot of games in a short period of time.”

On Toffoli:
“We had a spot on our roster. It’s very clear. We play a lot of games in a short period of time and we go east coast-west coast, so it’s a good chance. It’s no different than when we had [Andrew] Campbell here before. We had room on our roster for another forward this time. Last time we needed a roster spot for a defenseman.”

On Toffoli’s merits and what he had heard from Manchester on Toffoli’s recent play:
“It’s not from what I’ve heard, it’s from what I’ve seen. He’s second in the league in goals. He has three shots a game, which is a high stat, no matter what league you’re in. He’s got three shorthanded goals. He’s got power play goals. He’s an All-Star. He’s 20-years old. We like young guys, and we have wingers that are still halfway into the year with one or no goals, so it’s good competition.”

On whether Mike Richards is fully healthy:
“Yep, he’s fine. He wouldn’t have been in in the third [period] if he wasn’t.”

On whether he expects any carry-over of Saturday night’s late chippiness:
“I think I was asked after the game then – that’s not our style and that’s not their style. The score was 6-2.”

On Carter earning the NHL’s “Third Star” of the week:
“It’s good they’re watching guys in the west once in a while. It’s nice they’re talking about Anaheim having a great start and recognizing players that have had good weeks and good games. That is a point of emphasis in all that, right? I mean, it’s good that they’re talking about – everybody was stuck on Chicago – well, Anaheim is right on Chicago. You look at regulation wins, there are three or four teams – us included – that are right at the top. It’s good.”

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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.