April 17, 2013 3:51 pm

April 17 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter

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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