Morning skate quotes: King, Carcillo, Sutter - LA Kings Insider

Dwight King, on not having Keaton Ellerby in the dressing room:
Obviously it’s kind of the way the business works. When you make a friendship with a guy over a certain amount of time, you’re happy to see him kind of make his own path now. It’s good for him that he got the opportunity. I heard he actually got picked up this morning, if that’s correct. I’m sure he’ll do the best with his opportunity over there.

King, on Ellerby’s positive attitude despite not having drawn into a game this season:
I mean, it’s tough to understand what’s going through his mind when you’re not in that position, obviously…He was always a pretty positive guy. He never was a distraction. That’s good on him for being that character.

Daniel Carcillo, on his initial reaction to last night’s Flyers-Capitals fight:

Carcillo, on Emery being one of the better fighters amongst goalies:
Yeah, he’s probably the toughest goalie, but if he ever fought me, I would dust him, and he knows that.

Carcillo, on his early impression of the Carcillo-Richards-Toffoli alignment:
I don’t really think too much into it. Wherever I am, I am, and I just have to play my game, bring speed, get on the forecheck, obviously finish checks and just play hard on the other team.

Darryl Sutter, on Keaton Ellerby joining the Winnipeg Jets:
It’s a good opportunity for Keaton. Personal standpoint, he’s a young guy…I want those young guys to play from a personal standpoint.

Sutter, on what stood out in the last Kings-Predators game:
We’re both very similar teams. Both teams are good forechecking teams. Both teams have top guys in the back end. Both teams are strong down the middle. We play real similar games. Both teams are always well prepared and well structured in how they play, so it’s not much of a difference in us when we play each other.

Sutter, on whether there’s any change in Nashville with Pekka Rinne out:
Not really…quite honest, because the way the league is now, it would be like us if, say…we were playing Ben tonight. We’d expect to get a big game out of Ben, if he plays tonight, just as they do out of Hutton. There’s not much…difference. [Reporter: Have you seen much of that goalie they have?] Yeah, we watch other teams in our conference a lot.

On his impression of watching Seth Jones play in person:
It’s the strength of their team. Weber, Jones, Josi, Ekholm, Ellis, Klein. It’s the strength of their team.

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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.