Morning skate quotes: King, Carcillo, Sutter
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.