January 5 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On whether he’d vote for Peter Budaj for the All-Star Game, if he had a vote:
I’m not really interested in talking about All-Stars.

On how well Budaj has played:
Well, just hit reset again. He’s played good. He’s played better at home than he has on the road, and it was good for him to get a win in San Jose.

On the importance of the seven-game home stand:
We haven’t had one. We haven’t had a seven-game home stand with the team, whatever. I couldn’t tell you. It’s not the ‘home stand.’ It’s every day and an afternoon game, I mean, what is that, six games in whatever it is, a short period of time, coming off Chirstmas. I really haven’t looked at it like that. We’re coming off two division games, tough games, tough travel up north, and trying to win tonight. You can talk to the guys about home stand or any of that stuff.

On breaking the season into segments:
We started a new month. … Finished against San Jose, started a new year, started a new month when we went on the road, so that’s how we approach it.

On whether he agrees that Marian Gaborik needs to look for his shot and scoring opportunities:
Yeah, I would agree a hundred percent. [Reporter: What else have you seen from him? Have you seen him getting frustrated at all, not breaking through?] Yeah, we sat him out because I was frustrated.

On the rising save percentage since the last Detroit game:
Save percentage is really important because it generally affects – we’re a team that doesn’t give up many shots, so if our goalie, we just came off four games where we probably gave up a total, five-on-five, not many scoring chances. Again, we expect our goalies to have a high save percentage. If they don’t, they’re not doing their job. So it doesn’t matter which goalie it is. So if you go just in the last four, in Vancouver, Edmonton, San Jose, San Jose. Break it down from there how important it is.

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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.