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

On yesterday’s trade:
It’s something that we’ve talked about, or that Dean had discussed earlier, as he said, and that’s it. [Reporter: How much do you think those guys can help you?] Don’t know. Have talked to ‘em briefly on the phone yesterday, and we’ll talk to them today or tonight or tomorrow and go from there. [Reporter: How do you plan to work them into the lineup?] Lecavalier’s a centerman, so work him in as a centerman and Luke’s a righthanded defenseman who plays the right side. As I said, I’m not trying to evade or [not] answer any questions. It’s an adjustment with guys changing conferences, and I’m glad that if we were going to make any sort of move with our lineup that we did it sooner than later. We’re trying to make the playoffs. Other than that, I couldn’t care less. It’s not about individuals.

On Toronto playing well:
You guys want to interview Tyler? [Tyler Toffoli: Nope. I’m leaving.] [Reporter: From your last game to this game, what are you trying to achieve differently?] We had a decent two periods against ‘em. I think Kadri’s line dominated one of our lines, end of story. They’re a good hockey club. It’s not much pressure there. Just have a good game. We’re trying to make the playoffs.

On whether it’s good to see Mike Richards move on and sign with Washington:
Absolutely. … He can play for me any day, and he’s a big reason why this team won two championships, and I know deep down he’ll be trying to win another one.

On whether the Luke Schenn – Matt Greene comparison is valid:
Well, he’s seven years younger. I think we lost Robyn and Greener from last year’s team. It’s not just Matt Greene. We lost Robyn and Greener, and those guys were big parts of the team two years ago, and they were an important part of our team last year, too, and I think that we’ve had to move guys around and continually move partners around, and in the end it doesn’t work. I think we’ve gotten a lot out of a couple of our defensemen so far, and I think our depth or defense has not allowed everybody to play as well as they should.

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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.