January 15 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

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:

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Jake Muzzin

#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


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

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


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

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


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

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


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.