January 15 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter
Before Darryl’s quotes today – which are certainly worth a read, here were the forward lines the Kings utilized in practice as grouped together by color coding:
And now, Darryl Sutter.
On whether Matt Greene will travel with the team:
Not coming with us today. Hopefully we get it so that he can.
On whether a roster move is coming:
No, we sent Tyler yesterday to play. We play tomorrow and then we go east, so it’s easier to get our connection there if we need somebody. [Reporter: Was it just for Tyler, just to get him playing and get him some more ice time than he was earning here?] Not playing. Not that. He hasn’t scored a goal in 10 games. It’s like I told some guys on the ice today. Tyler got to go down to work on his game. Some guys get to go to the press box. Some guys get to go to the end of the bench. I said there’s not much you can do about it. Based on performance. Hey, Pearson, we’ve sent Lindy down. Every team does it. It’s not a big deal.
On whether other teams will attempt to replicate the Canucks’ game plan from Monday:
I hope they take dumb penalties, yeah…I highly doubt that a team like St. Louis is going to tussle…it’s all right to get kicked out of the game one second in. Highly doubtful. I don’t think there’s any team in the league that’d play like that. I mean, I’ve never done that in my career.
On St. Louis being “big, physical”:
I don’t think they’re going to write a book about it, really…you write about the last game and the next game, and that’s kind of what coaches do, too. I said when we were in St. Louis last time, and we played a good game and they played the same kind of game as us, they scored goals, we didn’t, so tomorrow night hopefully we can score and we don’t have to chase the lead. St. Louis is a big, physical team. Detroit is a big, fast team. Boston’s a big, physical team, Columbus is a big, physical team. So, when you look it up, it doesn’t say ‘Los Angeles is a big, physical team’ in the book, and then 29 other teams are small, non-physical teams. Everybody plays the same way. Some teams have a little skill, are a little faster, Some teams are a little older. Go on and on. Do it. So, what is a ‘big, physical team?’ What does that make- [Reporter: Big?] Big? So when you do it the other night, like, six-one and 206, and the other team was six-one and two 207. I did a medical yesterday. I was six-foot, 200 pounds. The guy didn’t say I was big and physical. He said I was overweight and getting old. He said I used to be 6-1. [Reporter: We’re good at finding narratives.] No, negatives. I don’t have many.
On a suggestion that too many shots come from the perimeter: