April 17 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the team benefitting from Jonathan Quick saves at key moments:
“I think he’s played like that now for quite a while. I don’t think it’s just ‘lately’, I think he’s done it for probably his last seven or eight games.”

On the added depth provided by Matt Greene’s return:
“I don’t like talking about it, because every time you talk about it, somebody’s banged up. That’s how we went through here earlier when we were bringing guys in that I didn’t know. In the organization, we had the kids here in Bodnarchuk and Campbell and Muzzin and Ellerby, so you know what? We’ve sort of dodged around it, quite honest, when we lost Mitchell and Greene when you think about it. We were fortunate the kids came in and kept us in it…I don’t like talking about it because then it’s like knocking somebody out.”

On Jake Muzzin’s progress:
“Well, he was given an opportunity because of injury, and he struggled with it at the start and then he played really well and then he struggled with it and now he seems to be coming around again. It’s sort of like hitting rewind, right? We’ve talked about it with Slava and Drew and Muzz and Keaton. So it’s kind of the same. They’re all in the same age group.”

On whether the addition of Robyn Regehr gives the team more “balance”:
“He gives us some more experience, right? We talked about it. He replaced Willie Mitchell. That’s what he did. Same situations.”

On Regehr’s intangibles and Dustin Brown mentioning that he didn’t like playing against him:
“He understands the game really well and obviously with experience and if you still have that great competitive spirit, then he’s probably going to try and neutralize players. When top players talk about him, that’s because he’s played against top players.”

On what Brad Richardson has provided since rejoining the lineup:
“He’s given us a spark and some energy. We’ve tried to balance our penalty killing a little bit more by using him to kill penalties with Justin Williams to take a few seconds away from the top guys. So that’s helped us right now.”

On what to tell a player that no spot in the lineup is currently available:
“It’s better than the alternative, the other spot. [Reporter: The other spot being goodbye?] Yep. There’s only room for 23. Sorry, you can only dress 20. It’s the way it works.”

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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.