March 17 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On whether Tyler Toffoli’s added penalty killing role is based on merit:
Correct. Generally that would be the case in the National Hockey League. Earned based on performance. [Reporter: How would you gauge it – not just the offense he’s able to provide, but the 200-foot game?] Well, he’s struggled, obviously, scoring. It was good to see him score the other night. He hadn’t scored since, what was it, around Christmas. So we pulled a lot of those areas back in his game, but in order to keep shifts in there, we’ve used him 20 or 30 seconds [on the penalty kill.] I’m sure you know how many seconds that we’ve used him.

On whether Toffoli is more effective on the right side:
I don’t think it matters to him. I think he’s handled it….If he wants to stay in the lineup, we’ve moved him from left to right, we’ve moved him around lines. With Brown being out, it’s given Tanner an opportunity. Pearson and Toffoli have played together before. Jarret’s a steady influence. Opponents, depending on how it matches up. The other night they were playing against the Koivu line and the Getzlaf line, so you’re trying to keep kids away from them. Tonight, we’ll see. We don’t know who their lineup is. We haven’t been informed yet. So we’ll see.

On whether he felt this morning’s earthquake:
Yep. [Reporter: You’ve felt a couple of those before though, right?] Several. In San Jose we used to get them fairly regularly. [It was] I don’t know, the third or fourth one here. Actually, we just had one. We were in Winnipeg. There was then too, I think. Winnipeg or Edmonton. It was on our last trip, anyways. [Reporter: Get those in Viking at all?] No.

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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.