January 29 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On what Robyn Regehr did well in Wednesday’s win over Chicago:
He’s got to be a physical presence every game. He’s got to be a good penalty killer. He’s got to be a lead-by-example guy. He still has the ability to do that, and he does that. It’s an important side of the ice for us, because Brayden – it seems like we’re talking about the same thing over – but Brayden and Muzz, it’s important to have a guy who plays that side, when you look at the left side of the ice, that can go out and play on the last shift and protect the lead and things like that. You know what? That’s who’s on the ice at the end of the game when we’re up a goal. If it was the end of the game and we’re down a goal, he’s not, but at the end of the game, he’s out there, and it’s a big reason why you win the game.

On whether Jake Muzzin’s game is on an “upswing”:
When they have a bad game, I’m critical of them, and basically what you say is that I said that he had a bad game. [Reporter: Actually, you were saying he hadn’t played well since Christmas.] He’s a high-minus defenseman. We need him to be a hell of a lot better than that. And actually, I’m telling the truth, and actually that is right. He’s a high-minus defenseman playing with one of the best defensemen in the league, and for us to make the playoffs, he can’t be. [Reporter: But is he getting better from Christmas?] Just base it on the last game. So if he played better last night than he did before the break the last game, whatever you want to call it, call it.

On the AHL’s California migration:
Glad they’re finally putting it in place formally. They’re saying five teams? So that I think’s a good start. Something that we talked about a long time when I was in Calgary and Brian Burke was in Vancouver was trying to get more teams to be involved in it. At that time we couldn’t get any of these teams in California to be involved in it. [Reporter: So it has been a long time in the making.] Yeah. At that point, Vancouver was very interested in it, and now because they went to…Utica, now Calgary is in which is something that we talked about, and we’ve got all three of the California teams. So hopefully it works – and it should – and the next part will be trying to get [more teams]. Five is an odd number. You’d like to have an even number of teams. [Reporter: When you were in Calgary, where were they?] Then? Calgary? We didn’t have a team one year. We shared with Carolina in Lowell for a year, the year of the big lockout. Then we were in, I believe, Omaha, Quad Cities, Abbotsford, and that’s before Winnipeg came into the league because it would’ve been better if Vancouver was Abbotsford and Calgary was Winnipeg, which is eventually probably what [have happened] if Winnipeg wouldn’t have gotten an NHL team. But then, once obviously Winnipeg went in the NHL, Abbotsford was just too far. Winnipeg used to be – Abbotsford could get Winnipeg, Hamilton, Toronto, Rochester all in a pretty good swing there. It’ll be interesting to see how they announce the schedule and format and all that, because it’s going to have to balance somehow, because there’s going to have to be a playoff setup that works with the rest of the American League. It’s an interesting league, because you have teams in Charlotte that are in the West Division. That’s the farthest southeast team there is, and they play in, I believe, that West Division. [Reporter: Rochester’s in the west. New York.] Abbotsford, because you could use Hamilton as a home base, if you look at it, it is the closest. You can use Hamilton as a base. So when you’d go on those trips, you’d base out of there. In fact, I think teams – we had storage places in Hamilton where you didn’t have to pack a lot of stuff. It stayed there for the road.

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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.