January 26 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On the Muzzin-Doughty pair:
We’ve used guys all over, quite honest. [Reporter: Is there something particular you like about when those two guys are together as something that helps one or the other? Because it’s not the first time obviously they’ve played together.] I know it’s demanding for whoever he’s played with this year. It’s been a different level in terms of the transition with our team. Drew makes guys around him better when they’re struggling. He makes you guys that you call up safe. He makes guys who are struggling better. That’s why he is who he is.

On Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter being honored this weekend:
Honored? [Reporter: As All-Stars.] Oh. I thought there was something going on. [Reporter: What have they meant to you guys? Not even on the ice, but you’ve also mentioned that Drew’s developed as a leader, Jeff’s a little bit older. He’s a leader. What have they meant to you guys so far this year in that regard?] Well, they’re both All-Stars. Drew will be every year, and it’s good to see Jeff this year.

On aspects of Carolina’s “detail” that stand out:
I think we’re very similar. [Reporter: Yeah, I think so, too. But what is it particularly about them as an opposing coach that-] They have really good detail to their game.

On Nic Dowd’s progress in attempting to return from an injury:
Good to get him back on the ice. We were hoping to skate him yesterday and he wasn’t quite ready, but today he was ready to skate with the group, so he’s basically a game-time decision, and Tyler, we’ve got to get him into some full practices. With Dowd, he only missed two or three days. If he’s ready, he’s ready. If he’s not, then it’s a coach’s decision then. Good to see

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Jake Muzzin

#6 | 6′ 3″ | 216 lb | Age: 27

Born: Feb 21, 1989
Birthplace: Woodstock, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Muzzin was drafted in 2007 by the Pittsburgh Penguins, before signing to the Kings in 2010. He has since become the first Woodstock, Ontario professional athlete to win a major sports trophy.

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.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

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.