November 22 practice quotes: Sutter, Richards - LA Kings Insider

Darryl Sutter, on the lack of back-to-backs in the near future:
We play tomorrow, and then travel-game, travel-game, and then there’s two days between games. So we’re going to try and get through these next three.

Sutter, on when Martin Jones could receive playing time:
I really haven’t thought about it. Quite honest, Scrivens has had zero work. Zero. I mean, he’s had to make five or six stops a night, and he better make ‘em.

Sutter, on Jones as the “third option”:
He’s not the third option. He’s the second option. [Reporter: Well, right now I know, but when Quick comes back.] He’s the second option. It’s like when we called Tyler up last year – Toffoli – there is an experience practicing during the regular season and playoffs before you play. There is an experience that you gain. So if you’re able to do it in terms of roster or salary-wise, then that’s what it’s about. At some point, do I want Martin to play? Absolutely. He’s going to play at some point. But it’s not something we’re pushed into.

Sutter, on having several players up from Manchester on the roster:
I like having them all around. It doesn’t mean that you can, but I like it.

Sutter, on whether the team’s recent stretch is a “test of the depth of the system”:
Everybody says, ‘Oh, they have depth.’ You know what? Depth is good when you win…that’s all depth is. Everybody can have 50 contracts. So, that’s depth. There are probably 40 of ‘em that are playing pro. That’s depth. Everybody’s got depth.

Mike Richards, on having Clifford, Carter and Nolan at practice:
There were a lot of guys out there, that’s for sure. It’s good to see everyone progressing and getting close to game ready. I am not sure what the timetable is for anybody, but it is just good to see everyone become close.

Richards, on Jeff Carter:
He is such a big part to our team. You can see it in the goal differential right from when we traded for him on. It will be nice to have him out there, another threat. A guy I am obviously comfortable playing with.

Richards, on the chances generated in the overtime loss to New Jersey:
I don’t know about execution, because we put ourselves in the right spots to get those chances but obviously didn’t score. You need to score goals to win, that’s obvious. You score one goal, you aren’t going to win too many games. That’s something we need to put a focus on and score more goals.

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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


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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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#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.