May 15, 2013 12:52 pm

May 15 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter

On Jarret Stoll’s status:
“He’s missing in action.”

On whether the injury is “long-term”:
“How long is the series?”

On whether he expects him to play:
“I really don’t know. That a better way of putting it.”

On what he thought of Raffi Torres’ hit:
“I thought that it was careless.”

On whether the hit was “suspension-worthy”:
“Who are we to even talk about that stuff? I totally leave it to the league and principals to look at those things…It’s just frustrating to see that, that’s all.

On how it affects the team’s lineup:
“He’s a really good player for us. He was a big part of winning a Stanley Cup and a really good centerman and a guy who plays minutes, plays special teams. So obviously our player is quite a bit more important than theirs.”

On whether San Jose’s play in the third period was influenced by the Kings losing faceoffs:
“Not so much faceoffs, just the disruption of your lines more than anything. Those are a lot of situations where that player – not so much faceoffs. Jarret struggled in faceoffs last night. But it just disrupts your [lines]…I [used] four centermen and rotate wingers through and we had to switch them. I think that did cause a little problem for us.”

On adjusting a lineup more than last year’s playoffs when the Kings iced a consistent lineup:
“Yeah, I think the first series…was more based on the way the schedule was. We used a lot of guys this year. I’m just trying to think back last year – the stability was on the back end. I’ve said a lot of times, That’ll never, ever happen again to use the same six defensemen from basically the trading deadline to the…middle of June. That’ll never happen. It’s impossible in today’s game. And the play up front, last year looking back at it, we used different forwards, but…our top nine around, they played every game.”

On whether Stoll’s absence creates lineup challenges:
“No, we’ve got good options. You know what? Brad’s a guy that’s used to playing on our top nine. We’ll figure that out.”

On Jarret Stoll’s availability:
“He’s missing in action. As I said, he’s day-to-day. But the series is you play seven games in what, 12 days? It makes it tough.”

On San Jose’s third period push:
“It’s playoff hockey. Two-nothing lead going into the third period, it’s basically even until then other than a power play. Shots, it’s really a dead even game, and then you need your goalie to make some big saves always. If we were down two-nothing, we were going to push it, too. We have to be able to manage that, and we always do.”

On the team’s reaction in an emotional moment from losing a player:
“I think we’re clearly a team that’s going to not [bring] ourselves to retribution. That doesn’t even come into play. That’s zero, right? We talk about not taking retaliation or dumb penalties, and that’s not going to change.”

On the number of times he watched the replay of the Torres hit:
“Actually, I haven’t seen it. I’ve been watching the whole game. I’m not really interested. What difference does it make if I slow it down? What difference does that make? I mean, I’m not making a decision on it, and I [don’t] need to say if it’s good or bad or anything, right? It doesn’t matter. That’s up for someone who can do it into thousandths of seconds and all the different [angles]. It doesn’t really affect what we do tomorrow, does it? What’s the point?”

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