October 7 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On a “tumultuous” off-season:
No, we’re not in off-season. We’re in a regular season.

On the spirit of the team as it approaches the home opener:
They had a good camp. Good work, good energy, good focus, ready to go.

On how long before the new players gel with the team:
About eight hours. That would be a good time, right? That’d be a perfect timeline.

On whether the team still has a target on its back:
We had a good year. We just didn’t make the playoffs. It was actually one of the better years in the club’s history.

On Dustin Brown saying that the longer off-season afforded extra recovery time:
I think that’s old news already. All the questions you’re asking are all old now.

On opening the season against San Jose:
Good rivalry for a long time. If you look at the teams that’ve been really close, both have been really competitive teams in the conference and in the division always. I think there’s a lot of good match-ups internally in it – not just from a team standpoint, [but] from an individual standpoint. It’s always a match-up you look forward to, just because in some ways it’s been a bigger rivalry than Anaheim-Los Angeles, if you look at all the hockey they’ve played against each other.

On whether he expects Martin Jones to hold down San Jose’s goaltending position:
Yeah. He comes from a good program. He comes from playing with a great goalie, and that can only benefit the long picture, and he’s also a good player. Good form. You want every player that you’ve coached or been associated with to be play at the highest level they can, and good for Jonesy.

On whether he still gets excited for home openers:
Yeah, I’m excited. It’s good to get going. I think that when you’re not used to having as much time off as we did here, it’s good to get going, and it goes fast, when you think training camp. Once camp starts, the season goes fast.

On what the feeling of the team is this year, as compared to previous years:
We’re trying to be a playoff team, absolutely, number one. It’s way tougher to make the playoffs than it is to win the Stanley Cup.

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#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.

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#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


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#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


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