October 2 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter
On whether he has “given much thought” to the goaltending rotation this week:
It’s not a rotation. [Reporter: Quick in both games?] I don’t know. He might get hurt in warmup. [Reporter: Is it something where you’ll judge it by-] No. I haven’t even looked at that.
On whether Dustin Brown is “good to go” for Thursday’s game:
Yep. [Reporter: What did you see from him?] No different than any other sport. You’ve got to be game ready. Ethier’s not ready to go for the Dodgers, either.
On “firming up the lines”:
There’s no ‘firming of lines’ in the National Hockey League, quite honest. [Reporter: Do you have something set for the first game, at this point?] No. Yesterday we had 13 forwards. 13 forwards and eight defensemen, so it changes game-to-game, and it changes tomorrow, and we don’t play for a while again.
On determining in advance what to work on in practice:
We try and and do it days in in advance. Obviously when you know your schedule, once you get your schedule. Usually after games, depending on travel, it’s the old line that we use here now, is you ‘park and ride.’ So you pick two or things you’ve got to work on, and you’ve got guys who played a lot of minutes some nights, guys that don’t play a lot of minutes. So that builds into your practice. Try and work on two or three things specific to your game or who your opponent is, and go again.
On how often he prefers to work on special teams:
We practice power play before all the media gets here lots this year. Get the fog on the glass [before you start] saying what the lines are, right? So we’ve done that lots. You guys are actually very fortunate in this building. Usually you’ve got to go somewhere else. And it’s not because you’re media and I’m coach, but quite honest you shouldn’t be allowed to stand on the glass, just like the fans. Because they can see who’s got a broken finger, and who’s got a broken nose, right? And if you want to be a bad guy, then you tell the other team.
On Daniel Carcillo:
He’s in that fourth line mix, and I think that’s when you ask about roster and lineups. I think a lot of it’s going to depend on how those guys play, and if they can move up. Danny – he’s a fourth line player. That’s what he’s shown. He hasn’t shown more than that. He scored double digit goals once in his career. He’s 28 years old, so all of a sudden you’re not going to move up. He’s in a battle with other guys for ice time. That’s what he was when we got him, and that didn’t change.
On watching regular season hockey on television:
It was good. Watched two, anyways. [Reporter: Goal scoring? There was a lot of it last night.] Lots of mistakes. Bad goaltending and lots of mistakes. [Reporter: Is that what you’re expecting early on, or are you going to be patient with that?] I bet if you’re going to talk to those teams this morning, too, they’re trying to cut out some of those mistakes that are clearly basically turnover mistakes. And then obviously goaltending, I can’t do much about that. That’s the goalie’s job.