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December 16, 2013 3:24 pm

December 16 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter

On Matt Greene’s return to the lineup on Sunday:
He eased his way back in, played a handful of minutes. [Reporter: How did he do?] Eased his way back in.

On his assessment of Trevor Lewis’ play since returning to the lineup:
He said he felt good after the first game, and it was good for him to play back-to-backs. I thought he worked hard and did kind of what we wanted.

On Alec Martinez’s performance during the current opportunity:
He’s played good for us. It’s an opportunity to play, as I said before. I think we had a talk about that earlier. Our defense wasn’t very good last night, and he was one of them.

On whether Dustin Brown’s play has been a concern, given the decrease in his scoring pace:
The line’s been good. [Reporter: I agree. But him, personally?] If you based it on last year, if you break it down statistically, he was pretty much a career year in terms of power play goals, and this year he’s not.

On what he has seen from Edmonton in a bounce back after a “rough start”:
Obviously they got Bryzgalov back. It’s not what ‘Ive seen,’ it’s the last game that they played. It’s got nothing to do with their rough start, it’s their last game. They played very well last night.

On Tyler Toffoli’s contributions:
When Jeff was injured, he gave us somebody that we could play a little bit in those situations…He’s had ups and downs. We’ll just see how it goes. [Reporter; Do you feel like he’s an improved player over last season?] Sure he is. He’s a year older. [Reporter: In what ways has he improved the most, in your eyes?] His experience.

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