December 5 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter
On Martin Jones appearing “poised” and “relaxed”:
He’s been here. He was here as our third guy through a lot of our playoff experience. And he’s in the same age group as a lot of these guys, and he’s played with a lot of [those] guys, so I think the characteristic would be that he’s ‘comfortable’ with it. [Reporter: It didn’t surprise you.] Well, I mean, when you look at it, shootouts are about 70% goalie success…and that was a nine, both goalies. That was an extended one in terms of goalies performance. [Reporter: Still, for a rookie, facing the likes of Selanne, Perry, Getzlaf.] It’s just one shot, and it’s them skating at you. It’s no different than the first guy taking his shots and skating…it sounds cool and all that. Again, you watch New Jersey last night, so they put the boy in. He scores, it’s like a big deal. It’s a big deal for Martin Jones because we got the point. If they’d have scored it, we’d have lost.
On using Drew Doughty in the shootout:
You know what? I thought in San Jose, the one we lost up there, I should’ve put him in, and I thought that about Dwight King, too. I told both their dads that. I cost them the point ‘cause their sons weren’t in the shootout.
On whether he had been through a 5-on-4 in overtime, and the various overtime scenarios that developed on Tuesday:
No. And actually, we had a three-on-three here. I put two forwards out to kill one penalty – Richie and Stolly. So they were out there with the D. When Robyn got banged up, even though we flipped the switch over, getting on the other tank, we had some guys that didn’t have [anything] in the other tank.
On what he had heard about Jeff Schultz’ play in Manchester from hockey operations:
I really didn’t ask them. [Reporter: What was your final, lasting impression of him from training camp?] He was on a one-way contract, and he didn’t make our team. You’ve got to make the camp out of training camp. We talked about that. I thought that Keaton and Marty were both ahead of him after training camp.
On Jake Muzzin playing heavy minutes:
It doesn’t really change. You get to play with Drew Doughty, you’re going to have to play against top guys. I’ve tried to slip him in a little bit on penalty killing – both him and Martinez, a little bit. So that’s probably the only reason it went up.
On Robyn Regehr’s toughness:
He’s just flat out tough. More guys should take a look at him. Most guys wouldn’t have played the Anaheim game, and he did. It’s like I told him, he’s had a rough week. And then he gets hit in the face. And then he wants to practice today. [Reporter: You want more of those guys.] Well, it’s just a lesson learned of guys that have played a long time, and the way that he’s played, and is still able to contribute in some fashion. It’s a good lesson for everybody to watch. It’s not a lesson, but it’s a good role model, example, whatever you want to call it. [Reporter: I mean, in the playoffs last year, too, I mean, having his arm drained.] It’s not just drained. He was basically in the hospital other than playing.