There wasn’t a surplus of information gained on Jeff Carter’s status following the Kings’ morning skate, and several players revealed that they weren’t aware of his injury immediately following the game.
“I didn’t know until this morning, actually,” center Anze Kopitar said. “I saw him walking in with a boot, and that was it.”
“With Jeff, the guy going down, it’s definitely a loss for us. But that’s the way it is, and we’re going to have to find a way to score goals and put up points and win hockey games at the end of the day. With him or without him we’re going to have that, but it’s certainly a loss.”
That Carter was “lost,” as the question was presented by a reporter, was news to Darryl Sutter.
“I didn’t know we lost him,” he said.
When the phrasing was shifted to use the term “injured,” it didn’t change the thrust of the conversation.
“We have several guys injured.”
“I’m not talking about it,” Sutter responded when asked if he knew the sequence in the game where the injury occurred. “Where did you get your information from? If it’s somebody in the organization that told you…then you go talk to them. We haven’t been told anything. There were several players not out there this morning. I’m extremely disappointed that information is given to you before it’s given to us. If it’s coming from inside, that’s disappointing. I mean, the league formally announces because of IR. Teams announce stuff because of suspensions, whatever, right? But for me to get asked that question because somebody told you, you go talk to them, then. I have nothing to say about any of that stuff. That’s disappointing. That’s not the way it’s supposed to work.”
“I have nothing to say about anybody. Everything is maintenance. Who else wasn’t there today, or who was, or who played with who today. Our responsibility is to protect players at all costs, and then for that to come out is very disappointing.”