November 22 practice quotes: Sutter, Richards
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.