April 13, 2013 12:32 pm

April 13 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter

On whether Slava Voynov has been “trying to do too much” recently:
“I think the other teams, because his offensive production has been there this year, I think other teams have talked about him a little more. As the season goes on, it becomes tighter and a little more awareness on him. So I don’t think he’s trying to do too much. I think teams have made an effort to push him out a little.”

On the last time he had an eight o’clock start:
“Jeez, not here. I mean, lots obviously in Canada – Hockey Night in Canada.”

On why the game starts at eight o’clock:
“It’s the second game of…NHL Network. I think it’s the second game. I think it’s a five and an eight….That’s how I found out about it, by watching last night. Because they said we were the second game. I didn’t know, either. [Reporter: It’s only a half hour, but it messes us up because of deadlines.] Even the players. It moves – like yesterday, we wanted to move everything up by a half hour, too, because it does stretch you. It pulls your day out. I don’t like eight o’clocks. Seven’s a good time.”

On facing Teemu Selanne for potentially the last time as a head coach:
“I hope we get to play him a few more times this year.”

On what Selanne has meant to the Anaheim franchise:
“What’s he got, like 700 goals, probably? Whatever it is. I mean, he’s got a pile of points and a championship and a leadership role and an off-the-ice role. I mean, it’s his home. So that’s what he means. We’ve talked about it enough. Teemu, right? You guys have asked that enough. [Reporter: Usually every time you play the Ducks.] He’s a special player, and he’s a special guy, and I’m sure everybody in the league would say that.”

On whether he knew much about Selanne when he broke into the league in Winnipeg:
“Nope. But I had seen him coaching in Chicago and seen him in Winnipeg right away. He really hasn’t changed much, other that when he scores, he doesn’t shoot it.”

On how “vital” the fourth seed is if Los Angeles doesn’t catch Anaheim:
“It’s vital if you’re eighth first, and then you try and do that. How ‘vital’ is it? How do I know? It’s not life or death or anything like that. I have no idea.”

On the adjustments he’s had to make as a coach in the shortened season:
“Trying to get a handle on the other teams and trying to have the personnel against them, and then at the same time the biggest part, quite honestly, is the consistency of young players. The inconsistency and consistency, and not so much thinking about how your top guys are going because you trust them…So just trust them, knowing that for example, the Dallas game, that it wasn’t that they were not trying to do everything because just didn’t have enough in them. That’s all. So it’s more of your guys that are coming in or out of your lineup or the consistency of young guys in your lineup that are not really that tested, quite honest.”

On whether he plans any changes in the lineup:
“We’ll have an extra forward [in warm-ups] tonight because I didn’t know their lineup because you guys didn’t tell me. So I don’t know theirs.”

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