January 2 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On whether the adjusted lines indicate an effort to get more from the third and fourth lines:
I mean, I don’t know who the ‘third and fourth lines’ are, so unless you know something I don’t…

On Jarret Stoll looking to “spark” his linemates:
We’re trying to get Stolly going. Richie and Jarret have been interchangeable, which is a sign that they’re both really good players, so it doesn’t matter who they play with.

On Matt Frattin skating on the left side during warm-ups:
He played last game. You know what? You’ve got a 23-man roster. I don’t have to disclose who’s playing anywhere, quite honest. I think you’re getting a little bit too flexible on that. Panger playing tonight?

On Jonathan Quick and Dustin Brown being named to the U.S. Olympic team:
It wasn’t a surprise. Basically, they’ve said that for six months that those guys were on the team. I was disappointed that Lewie didn’t make it. He went to the camp this summer, and not that he had a good enough year to make it, but he was a guy that was at their camp, so I wanted him to make it. Obviously there’s good players that don’t get on it, right? You know what? If U.S. and Canada pick the right players, then they win the gold medal, or if they’re playing in the gold medal game, then you’re going to say they picked the right team. If they lose, you’re going to say they picked the wrong one. That’s a fact, right? Both U.S. and Canada, if you look at the changes that the U.S. team made in terms of guys that are historically on it – not just at a pro level – but guys that have been in the program forever that didn’t make the team, it means that they’re not happy with just winning silver. I mean, you look at Johnson, Johnson and Okposo have been historically forever, since they were little boys, in the U.S. program. It’s not always what the players want.

On the U.S. Olympic team:
I think they were pretty locked into their 15 guys. There’s a whole lot of speculation. I mean, if you go over and talk to Hitch, there’s a whole lot of speculation on U.S.-Canada from the media. There’s actually probably very little decisions to make.

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#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


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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


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#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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


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Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


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