December 27 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On Tyler Toffoli’s status:
Won’t travel. We’ll get him looked at again early after the new year, so it’ll be at least a week before we even look at him again.

On Brayden McNabb’s status:
He’s medically cleared. I don’t think the (Christmas) break was necessarily in his favor. He wants some full contact practices, so today would be the only one. He’s available. [Reporter: Are you inclined to put him in or wait?] I just think he needs some practice.

On four consecutive division games, and not having traveled yet to Western Canada:
It’s what happens when you play the Eastern Conference seven games. You’re going to run into division games. We go into Vancouver, that’s the one team you only play four times and everybody else you play five, and if you look at it, as you just said, we haven’t been to Edmonton, we don’t play Calgary up there until – I’m not sure. March? … I think now it’s a tough turnaround for us. We’ve just got to make sure we’re focused on ‘it’s not division‘games,’ it’s division ‘game.’

On placing Marian Gaborik, Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown together:
I think with Tyler’s injury we’re going to have to do some adjusting again. I mean, it’s something we’d wanted to do right from training camp with those three guys, and then Gabby got hurt, so we weren’t able to do it. We wanted to have the security of Dustin Brown, but once Gabby got hurt – just really we’ve got to do some ad-libbing again.

On the comfort level of Gaborik, Kopitar and Brown, who’ve played together before:
Yeah, I think they’re refreshed, and they’re three character guys who maybe have different personalities or that, but they’re all real caring guys that have played together. My best memories of that line are obviously in big games. When you look at it, those three guys were pivotal – Gaborik, Kopitar, Brown – we went to it in the last Cup run, I believe. I think in the Anaheim series, maybe. It was a big line for us.

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#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.

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#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


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