October 15 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On using no-trade clauses when he was Calgary’s general manager:
Well, in that market, you had to have a lot of those because you couldn’t overpay to keep a player. We were very much a budget team, so the off-set of that were those types of clauses. They were restricted movement clauses. They weren’t ‘no trade;’ they were basically a list of teams. [Reporter: Did you grit your teeth when you had to give one of those?] Yeah, all the time. But at the end of the day, that would be ownership’s decision, and that’s how you could retain top players.

On whether he said anything to Andy Andreoff prior to his first game:
He knew he was playing if Gabby couldn’t go. [Reporter: When you’re in, you’re in.] Go play the game. It’s not too complicated. Everybody does it at some point. [Reporter: With his specific game, is there anything that you continually try to emphasize with him?] Sure. There’s lots of things. Again, he’s played one game. He’ll fight like hell to stay in the lineup. Right now with injuries, obviously it’s a great opportunity for some guys to play some more minutes, not just Andy.

On whether he was pleased with Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar playing together:
Yeah, we need them to play well together. When you have guys banged up, you’ve got to move guys around. That’s why Andreoff got in the lineup, that’s how Jordan got in the lineup, that’s how Mike got moved to left wing. We didn’t feel that we wanted to split Carter’s line up or Jarret’s line. We wanted to use them as a checking line if we can, so that meant that the Kopitar line had to have a change in it, and that Cliffy’s line had to have a change in it. There are still lots of different ways in doing it. We’ve used Dwight King at center a little bit the last couple games. Mike went over last night. We can move Jeff around. So if you’re five-on-five you’re trying to even get more balance in our minutes through our lineup. I mean, two games ago, I think Mike and Brownie were our highest minutes guys, if you look at it, for forwards. So we’re trying to get some more balance in. If you can find ways to win while you’re doing that, then it should help us in the long run.

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

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.

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.