December 11 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On Drew Doughty’s absence from practice:
He was out early. Just precaution – three or four guys are banged up. Want to make sure they’re ready for Buffalo. [Reporter: And he’s ready?] He’ll be fine.

On concussion protocol working the way it was designed to yesterday:
We were shown a video in training camp – coaches, players, trainers – regarding what was a sign, the difference between signs and symptoms. It’s pretty standard. Now we’re seeing it quite often. We’ve seen ones that are fairly controversial, whether they should be or not, and ones that are pretty obvious. The needle is way on the side of precaution more than anything else. There’s not much we say or do about it. I mean, the league has made a real clear definition, statement, message, whatever you want to call it on it, and I don’t think that would change.

On Jonathan Quick, and whether there has been a change in his progress:
No, other than he must be a Giants fan. [Reporter: He said Lawrence Taylor’s the best defensive player ever.] He’s probably right. I’d tend to agree with him. But in terms of [his progress], he’s just starting moving to the end of training from therapy. He’s still very much in the rehab mode. They’re still talking about a month before he could even begin to say what that next step was. It’s not in this [calendar] year before there’s any sort of update.

On how he breaks up the upcoming road trip:
I just think the trip is such that you have two back-to-backs. There’s a back-to-back in the first part of it, and there’s a back-to-back in the second part of it, so I think that’s probably how you break it down because you’ve got guys that are going to play a lot three-in-four, things like that. Once we get to the east, we stay in that Eastern Time Zone, it gets long, but we’ve also been home for [a long time]. It’ll be 27 days at home other than a sleep-over in Phoenix, when you look at it. That’s long, too. I mean, really, when you look at it, we’ve played 10 games, counting tomorrow, in 27 days. Maybe this was tougher than what we’re going to do.

On whether there’s anything his staff emphasizes before leaving on a long trip:
No. We played two road games in this stand here and we won ‘em both, so you take that as you go into two tough buildings. We’re not going to practice anything different or play anything different.

On Mark Borowiecki receiving a two-game suspension:
I was a little surprised. I just saw it now. I’m still not sure of all these calls. When you look at the impact they have on games, you look at the Kyle Clifford five-minute penalty in Winnipeg, it’s early in the game, and the team that scores wins on it. That’s what happened in that, and we thought that was the wrong call, and it was the wrong call. It was a two-minute penalty. One or two. And last night, literally, it’s two minutes, if he drew blood [four minutes], is the guy out of the game, is it five minutes, is it five and 10? It’s a real vague rule. So Tyler gets up because he’s a tough guy. He gets up and goes off the ice, and then there’s the concussion protocol after, so if he lays on the ice, is the guy kicked out of the game? There are so many different ways of looking at it, but I have a firm view in my mind how all this should be handled, and whether that opinion matters or not, I think that the players should be more actively involved when they’re the ones who are basically what they’re doing is being suspended, which means that they’re getting money taken away from ‘em. I think if I was a player, the players should be more actively involved in these rulings. I think there should be not-currently-working general managers in it, and there should be not-currently-working head coaches with experience involved in these decisions. I think it would be a little bit clearer on it. That’s my opinion.

On being the active head coach with the most goals scored as an NHL player:
I got a couple more this morning. They weren’t pretty. You won’t see ‘em on the highlights tonight, but actually I outscored some guys this morning. [Reporter: Is that good or bad? I don’t know.] It’s a challenge. [Reporter: But you didn’t outscore Trevor Lewis.] Actually, Lewie was hot in practice this morning, too.

On Trevor Lewis’ recognition:
Yeah, I think there’s a little bit of that – what do you call it – ‘echo stuff’ thrown. He doesn’t get enough credit. When somebody doesn’t score for 10 games or whatever, and then everybody talks about it.

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.