February 20 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On whether it has been difficult to keep pushing forward without recent results:
Not really. I think that’s part of the ability to stick together and sticking with the process, sticking with the output part of it, not the outcome. Obviously points are critical and we’re going to get ‘em, but stick with that and not try and change or deflect or move the attention around of how you have to go. [Reporter: No freelancing or suddenly changing.] When you try that, it doesn’t work very good. It’s like five-nothing. [Reporter: Is that one of the hardest parts to coach, where the results recently might not have been there but the process seems to be there and the performance seems to be there, but just not the results?] Well, I think that from a group, the technical part of it or the structure part has been there, other than the coming off the break game. We were obviously like that in a lot of areas, but in the last two it’s been there. But what you’re looking in is we need better performances from individuals in terms of your whole skill set, taking advantage of your whole skill set. So it’s like the last time you talked about the role players had good games, but you can’t overlook the fact that you need your top players to take full advantage of it, too, of what they have. When you get into your schedule and you’re not practicing lots, that’s when you need that player to raise his expectations, raise his game.

On the difference between the Muzzin-Martinez pairing between last season and this season:
First off, they’re not a team. They’re not hooked to the same harness, right? They’re two totally different type of players. Muzz’s game, he has to be in a physical part. First and foremost, he has to be a physical player. That doesn’t mean tramping or running over guys, but you have to be able to absorb it, to make plays, and then when it’s there, also initiate it, and that’s something that he’s really working on to try and get back in his game, and he will. I have full confidence in the last 20-something games of the year that he’ll do that. Marty, he relies on his skating and being really mentally sharp, and I think he’s made a lot of mistakes that are mental mistakes, and that’s where he has to work with himself and because he is a bright guy and he is a hockey smart guy and all those things, and he’s a caring guy and he’s a good teammate, so when you’re making mental mistakes, that means you’re not quite going through your preparation properly, and I trust that he can do that and will do that.

On Jonathan Quick getting closer, and whether there is a cut-off by when they’ll need to know if he’ll be available at a later date:
He’s on that path. Last week, when you talked about simulating games, that’s what he’s trying to do with full practices now is simulating games, because you’re not getting exhibition games, so you know what? We’re going to do it day-by-day in simulated games and see exactly where he’s at, and then I’ll say, ‘this is the game you’re playing,’ and that’s what we’ll do. In terms of deadlines or any of that other stuff, that doesn’t involve him and I at all. That’s how we deal with that.

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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.