December 21 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the road trip:
We got what we wanted. The two games we lost, we gave up too many goals, obviously. Other than Columbus, they’re real similar-type teams. I think Ottawa and Toronto are bigger teams than the other ones. It’s funny you’re done with some of those teams. We have to play some out here, and we’re done with Pittsburgh and Columbus. It’s the way it works. [Reporter: You have Buffalo here in February, I think.] Yeah. We get Toronto back here in January, Montreal in late March.

On what Dwight King will have to do to make himself “immediately available” for selection:
He can’t do anything to make [himself] immediately available to play for us because he’s not immediately available. Talk to the Mayo Clinic. Got nothing to do with me. [Reporter: Good to see him on the ice with the team for the first time since October 3?] Yep, obviously. Really, it’s kind of a disjoined [situation]. Back on the ice, so, when’s he back on the ice with the team again? With the way the break falls, he’s not gaining nothing by being on the ice with us today or tomorrow because we get three days off. Don’t expect him in 2015.

On whether Jonathan Quick’s presence rubbed off on Martin Jones:
Well, if I was sitting in that locker room by Jonathan Quick, and Jonathan Quick is the best goaltender in pressure situations in May and June, and if I was Martin Jones, I would’ve picked a lot up. [Reporter: Do you think he did?] You talk to Martin Jones, don’t talk to me. How would I know?

On whether Jonathan Quick’s night off was due to getting him a rest with a break approaching:
No. We felt it was a six-game season for us, and the ratio was debatable whether it was going to be five-and-one or four-and-two. It really had nothing to do with Jonathan. Need the other guy to be sharp, win games.

On Trevor Lewis’ return to the lineup:
Felt good. He said after the game he had no issues. It’s a good thing we had him on that line that game because his wingers were a little bit behind the game. [Reporter: You value his abilities, but is he the kind of guy who people don’t really miss until he’s gone?] I mean, he’s an important guy. You take him out of your lineup, our speed on our third and fourth lines was very evidently missing without Trevor in the lineup. That’s the biggest thing that you see.

On whether he had seen Martin Jones’ potential:
Yeah, I had seen Martin Jones’ potential. Remember, Martin Jones played junior in Calgary, so I had seen him years ago. I had seen him before he was on the Sharks. [Reporter: Did you think this was a guy who’d be able to handle a starter’s role on an NHL team?] Yeah. He’s played on big stages and had been a pretty big part of that. He’s a world junior goalie, a top junior goalie. They all have to do their four or five years before they become NHL ready. Whether they are number one goalies, you don’t know until they win 60 to 70 percent of their games. Then you do that. You don’t do it on a one-year deal. There’s nothing that says anybody’s a number one. How many number one-anointed goalies have one good year, and then you go, ‘Geez, they’re a back-up goalie,’ and then you go, ‘Where the hell did they go?’ … San Jose’s always had good goalies. Antti Niemi was a very big part of their team. He was a Stanley Cup goalie, played in the Stanley Cup Final, won a Stanley Cup. They’ve always had a good goalie. [Reporter: Going way, way back, what’s Arturs Irbe doing now?] I don’t know where he is. … Maybe he’s a prime minister or something.

On Michael Mersch:
I think he was excited to get in, and I think he’s kind of lost his energy the last couple of games. We’ll make the decision if he plays a home game or not. We need some production out of our left wingers. After Looch, it’s a significant drop.

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.