March 12 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On any significance towards approaching 500 NHL wins:
I think in today’s game the most important part is percentages. You get extra points now. You get one point, so it’s way more important. It’s like when you get the thousand game thing, you’re able to do it over a long period of time, so that means you can do that. But the winning, the percentages are what’s important because at the end of the day, that allows you to be a playoff team, and I’m more into how many playoff games you’re in as a coach than anything else. I’d rather have a whole lot of playoff games than anything else. It’s the only reason you do it.

On “thoughts” towards Martin Gaborik’s adjustment with the team?
How’s my thought? I thought he’s adjusted well. [Reporter: Even if he’s not scoring, does he force other teams to account for him and free up space for other guys?] Certainly.

On Anze Kopitar claiming to have received an “emotional boost” from the Olympics:
I think all our guys came back…really sharp. I think the only time I noticed it, quite honest, was with Jeff and Drew probably, about the third game in. Like, Kopi for sure. He was really proud of going and really proud of how he played and proud of his country. It’s what I said – it doesn’t matter with those kids that went. It doesn’t matter if they all medaled or not. If you get to do that is what’s most important. As much as they represented their country, they represented us. And that’s what I said before. Those guys all went over that were way more winning-experienced than most of the players that went because of what they did the last two years. They always take that with them. It’s always good to see that.

On the winning streak:
You’ve got to get points. We’re trying to secure a spot, and you do it a point at a time. We’ve gone through two tough trips already, and we’ve got a couple more, and now we can just take it one at a time. It’s interesting how it all sets up, the teams that we do have left, just how it works. I’ve enjoyed that part of it, quite honest, the way it sets up, because you’re getting to play teams twice. You have to play Toronto again, and we’ve still got Washington, and we’ve still got Pittsburgh and Philly. For me, it’s refreshing still to see those teams instead of seeing teams over and over and over. It’s funny – I was just telling the guys in Calgary and Edmonton, and they’re in our division, and we didn’t play Edmonton up there until last Sunday, and we hadn’t been to Calgary until 10 days ago, and then we play them twice, and we’ve still got them again, and we’ve still got Edmonton. It’s interesting how it all shakes out. It’s good for our team to see other teams, too, I think.

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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.