January 16 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On Jonathan Quick:
There’s only one goal that he hasn’t liked since he’s been back, and it was the Detroit goal, the winning goal. He guessed high glove, and that’s why he looked funny on it. He shot low, and it went for the rebound out there, and they shot it in. He’s guessing high glove…so that’s one goal out of how many that he hasn’t had. I kind of defer to him on that stuff.

On the recent roster moves:
We sent Tyler down to play and hopefully get his mojo back in his game. It was kind of what we talked to these boys about – if they’re not playing in their role in minutes, those kids aren’t going to play when they’re here full time. They’re not going to be fourth line guys, right? Lindy, Tyler or Tanner – they’re going to be guys who’ve got to play minutes, so they’ve got to continue to play minutes.

On what allows Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzin’s skill sets to “work so well together”:
They don’t play that much together unless Jake’s playing really well. The special skill set is Drew Doughty’s. [Reporter: It’s that easy?] It’s not that easy. Drew very seldom has the same partner through the course of a game because of our young guys, we don’t have that guy on the left side that can play the situations that Robyn can play five or six times, or Willie can play five or six times a game. Drew very seldom plays with the same partner, if you watch for even strength. Even strength. [Reporter: Do you like it that way-] No. [Reporter: Or would you rather have a guy that you just can plug in and say, ‘this is my guy?’] Yeah. I think every team would. I mean, right here. Barret and Bouw play with two kids, right? It makes a big difference. It doesn’t matter where you are. It’s not ‘what I like,’ it’s what every team likes.

On whether he has had a chance to talk to Martin Jones:
Yep. I just wanted to make sure they got in last night, those kids. You know what? These guys understand numbers and salary caps and 23-man rosters. They understand that. I think Marty’s exactly what, when you talked to him when he was here before, I mean he came in and played really well, and he was really average when he left…So now you put him in that role where he gets his games, but he can work on his game, too…He’s a guy that with growth and development has the opportunity to be a number one guy. Not many other guys – they get stuck in where they’re at. But he’s so young, and he can play behind Jonathan, and then just the way the schedule is this year, we can use him.

On Ben Scrivens:
He had to compete for a job in training camp. He had to make the team. We brought in Mathieu Garon, and one of them was going to be Jonathan Quick’s backup. Ben beat him out. And when Jonathan got hurt, Ben came in, and then when he struggled, then Jonesy went in. He’s 27 years old, and he’s a proven guy. So he’s trying to prove where he fits in the league.

On any concern over fatigue with players who come back from the Olympics:
Well, the guys who play in the medal games, which is gold, silver, and bronze and fourth place, all come back at the same time. Our schedule is not like a lot of NHL teams. We’re done on the sixth. Some are done on the eighth. Some start on the 27th. Some start on the 26th. Some start on the 28th, so everybody’s different. First off, unless you know something I don’t know about who’s going to be playing, then we might have two guys, we might have one guy, we might have nobody in those medal games. You don’t know. So that’s how you manage it. [Reporter: Is there an advantage for some team that has more guys dealing with that in the second half of the year, versus less?] You know what? I don’t think anybody knows. I did it in San Jose with the Salt Lake [Olympics], and I did it in Calgary, and that was Vancouver. It was an hour flight.

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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.