Sutter on Greene, Campbell, Anaheim’s remaining schedule
On Matt Greene’s pressure cut:
He got hit with a shot, so he was cut. We’ve all been hit with shots and got cut. His came out of his skate. [Reporter: How often do you see a pressure cut like that? Does that happen very often?] Yeah, we’ve seen it quite a bit in the last two or three years, actually. If you were at the game when Sheldon Souray hit Colin Fraser, we’ve seen it. It’s just that you guys got to see the blood, so you get nervous. [Reporter: Right. You don’t know if it’s a blade.] I mean it, we had seen it the shift before. He came off. He knew he got hit with a shot.
On what he recalls about the expectations of the team when he became head coach:
I’m sure it was the same. [Reporter: Just to make the playoffs?] Well, don’t say ‘just.’ It’s very difficult to do that, first off. Half the league, 14 teams, are going home. So it’s not an expectation. It’s more – especially with this conference – every team could be in the playoffs.
On player fatigue, and whether more rest is needed in advance of the playoffs:
I think this year is different. Obviously every year is different, but this year with being the compact schedule with the Olympic year. Every four years blows it out of whack. Guys play more, and the schedule is a lot more. We just did it. I know it sounds repetitive, but we just came off again another real tough stretch with travel and games. Does that affect going forward or playoffs? Well, we play three in four, and then we’re either going to start the 16th or 17th. It’s not ‘rest.’ It’s the injury part There’s lots of guys playing with injuries. Hey, we were basically in an emergency situation the other night with Robyn and Drew. That’s what’s more important in our sport. It’s not the rest part of it, because we’re going to get the three days. It’s like we had the three days now where teams will go away for these three days. Our guys, it’s better to come back here. It’s way better. That’s just sort of what it is. We’re getting proper rest. I know we play a back-to-back again. [Reporter: In your sport, you don’t really have the ability to actually take guys out and rest them.] That’s the importance of…securing a playoff spot. Everybody that’s secured a playoff spot is way better off than teams that haven’t because at the end of the day, the next three games- [Reporter: I mean, it matters, but it doesn’t in the sense that you can’t go up or down.] We know who we’re going to play, one of two teams. So who’s going to be – of the group if you’re healthy – who’s going to try and beat those teams? [Reporter: You might even still figure in the factor of who you play on Saturday when that game comes up, too-] Well, Anaheim’s got the game in hand. Basically, Anaheim’s [got] a tough one. They play Vancouver, which will be a tough game for them. They played last night, and Vancouver, you know what? They’re close to healthy, and they’re a good hockey club. Quite honest, Vancouver should be a playoff team. There’s not a reason why not. They’re an experienced, good group. That’s a tough game for Anaheim tonight, but they play each other. Who else to they have? They’ve got us, and then they finish at home the next night against Colorado. Saturday-Sunday. They’ve still got the game in hand. Ultimately, it’ll just probably be the game they play [San Jose]. And, at the end of the day, it’s not easy, as I said. Teams have secured spots. It’s not easy once you’ve secured it because if you could do it – hey, we did it with 10 days left in the schedule or whatever it is. That’s what you want to do. That should be your target…and the sooner you can do it, the better you are in the way the league is now with the schedule. You’re way better off.
On Andrew Campbell:
I was happy for him…You know what? As I said, we were basically putting him in where Robyn was, trying to get him those situations so you can evaluate whatever you want. I was happy for him. He probably would’ve done some things differently if he had to do it again. For a game that meant a lot to him, that’s awesome.