January 31 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the Boston Bruins:
They play a very similar game to ours. I think everybody’s held accountable and has a really good two-way game. I think there’s some difference in their personnel from the last time we played ‘em, as with ours. I think there quite a few guys who were out with injuries from both teams last time, or different.

On how Drew Doughty has handled the extra ice time:
Well, he’s had to do it right from Day 1. So we’re 40-something days in, and he’s still performing at a high level, so I would say he’s handling it pretty well.

On the Bruins using three forwards and one defenseman in overtime:
We’ve done it also. We’ve used Kopi and Gabby and Jeff and Drew a lot to start. We haven’t had much success with it, but it gives the guys a fresh look once in a while, and what are the adjustments the other team has to make? It’s pretty much a man-up situation, four-on-four, anyways, if the other team has the puck here. It’s still pretty much D-forwards, forwards-D coverage…it’s kind of a nice look, though, to see all of those guys on the ice. [Reporter: So you’re not doing it to avoid the shootout? That’s what Claude says why he does it, because he doesn’t want to get into the shootout. Get it decided in overtime.] Yeah, well he’s probably like me. He doesn’t like the shootouts, either.

On Robyn Regehr’s physicality on Wednesday, and whether it’s possible for him to sustain it:
For Robyn? [Reporter: Yeah.] Well, for him to stay in the lineup, he has to. That’s a big part of his game. It doesn’t matter if he’s 23 or 33. If that’s your identity, then you probably have to play that way. Robyn very seldom strays from that. He tries to play that way all the time. He’s a role model. I know I’ve said it enough, but there are defensemen on our team that should follow his lead a little bit for us to try and win some more games.

On whether the AHL move is a “big help” for the organization:
I would think it has to. I think you look at teams – it’s not me seeing them, it’s the organization – and the proximity of the travel for the player, for the most part. You guys know what it’s like here, having the team right here, and most teams other than the west teams have that, when you look at it. It’s important. With the salary cap, if you call a guy up and play him for seven or eight minutes and he gets paid for three days because he’s got to travel across the country two of those days, that’s significant. If you can do it with a drive or after practice – before-the-game-deal – that’s a pretty good way of looking at it.

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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.