March 2 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On what Kris Versteeg brings in terms of experience:
I think similar to the other trades we’ve made, those guys that either the team’s familiar with or you’re familiar with. It’s similar to Vinny and Scuds, guys with championships under their belts – multiple ones – it speaks for itself.

On communication and the approach to the first day of practice with a new player:
Well, we sat down with him yesterday, we traded for him three days ago, so we were with him yesterday to review systems. No different than any other player. I’ve said it before, I’m not crazy about getting these [players] unless you’re familiar with them. The deadline doesn’t mean that that’s the day trades have to be made. I think Dean’s done an awesome job of that the last few years, for example, with Lecavalier and Schenn coming in a month before or whatever it is. Scuderi’s a guy you’re familiar with. He comes in a week or so before. It’s not easy for a player to adjust. I’m not into ever seeing players get traded, being a former player, and I know how hard it is when they have families and all that, so there’s a lot more to it. So the philosophy of it, I’m not really into that. I’m more into the emotional part of it, and it’s kind of a silly question to ask, ‘do you talk to him?’ No, I never talked to him. Haven’t seen him yet.

On his prior history with Versteeg:
Yeah, he played junior with my brother Brent with Red Deer, so obviously I’m familiar with him from a hockey standpoint, but in terms of until you’ve coached players, you don’t really know ‘em. … He’s from down there, down around Lethbridge, so that was Coaldale, I believe. Kris, because he’s from Southern Alberta, he’d be more familiar with my brothers that live down there than I would be, that’s for sure.

On Vincent Lecavalier adapting to his role with the Kings:
He came right here and put his foot on the pedal. He’s a proud guy. You don’t be a Stanley Cup champion and a great player and one of the captains on a Stanley Cup champion unless you’re a great player. [Reporter: And you felt he had jump immediately, as soon as he got here?] You have to be on the right team, the right situation. When he came here, he basically plays behind Kopi and Jeff, so it’s a good fit if you still have the passion to do it. There’s a point in everybody’s career also where that passion diminishes, but his certainly hasn’t, and to me, I’ve said it on different occasions since I’ve been here, that’s why I think he’s a Hall of Fame player.

On any different energy after an off-day, and players getting “well-needed rest”:
I’d say all of that. We gave our players a day and a half – they had an option of either taking yesterday away from the rink or the day before, and they chose to come in the day after the Anaheim game, come in early, and they were out by noon, so it gave ‘em a whole day and a half. It’s important. This is our busiest month, games played coming up with two or three back-to-backs, so it was important. There’s a big difference between a day and a day and a half for an athlete, so to get ‘em that, they’ll be better for it at some point in this next stretch of games we go through.

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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.