January 16 postgame quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the loss to Ottawa:
I think we were lucky to ever have the lead in the game. [Reporter: Why so?] We had lots of guys just playing shinny out there.

On what Jeff Carter means to the franchise:
We got him, I believe, in the first year that we won the Stanley Cup, so since he’s been here, he’s been to the conference final and two Stanley Cups.

On an “uncharacteristic” loss:
We’ve been playing sloppy for quite a few games now. I think we’ve used fatigue as an excuse the last three or four games, and I we didn’t get much from top to bottom today.

On whether he would’ve preferred another game this week, given the schedule break:
No, I’d like to only play one game a week, but I’d prefer to win it. Just like the NFL. That would be my preference. It’s not the way it works.

On Vincent Lecavalier’s first goal as a King:
Yeah, it was a power play goal. I don’t know if the line did anything five-on-five at all.

On how a team works sloppiness out of its game:
Usually you get your nose rubbed in it, but you know what? It’s going to happen once in a while. As long as it doesn’t happen consistently – usually you’re on the wrong side of the fence, then.

On Sunday’s game in Anaheim:
It depends. Are you covering the Kings or the Ducks? Did you ask them today? We haven’t played them this year. I’m not very familiar with them. I haven’t seen them play. Don’t watch them very much, haven’t seen them play, so I can’t tell you much about them.

On Anze Kopitar’s extension:
I think that it wasn’t breaking news. [Reporter: But his worth to the franchise and having him locked up for such a long time and being able to keep the core together.] The bottom line with a guy like Kopitar is his best years are in front of him. Guys get rewarded for winning Stanley Cups and when they’re with one franchise for that period of time when you’ve won Cups, then everybody’s looking forward to the next part with them. [Reporter: But 80 million dollars is a stunning number, right?] It’s a lot. When you think about it, when the salary cap years started probably, [that’s] what the whole cap was when it was first put in place. He’s worth every penny of it. It’s got nothing to do with that. You win championships with players like that. Very, very clear. He’s worth every penny. [Reporter: What’s the most you ever made in a season?] I don’t know. I don’t like talking about that. I don’t know. They get more in one check than what we used to get in a whole year.

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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.