March 19 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On tonight’s game against Calgary:
It’s our third game against each other. The teams play each other really close. I think they’re always good match-ups. I think both teams have a foundation with their goalies now with that trust.

On whether the “mood” of the team is “desperate” or “loose”:
We always have a pretty good mood. That’s not the issue. I mean, we’re going to, for the lack of a better term, bust our ass every night. We just have trouble scoring. At the end of the night, that’s how they reward it, so hopefully we can score enough tonight.

On coaching Jarome Iginla again:
I think it’s been fun for me, just as kind of the whole cycle. See a lot of older players and former players and guys you’ve coached, things like that. We’ve done it a few times now in the last few years when we brought Robyn Regehr back, and he was able to go to a conference final and win a Stanley Cup, so that’s refreshing to see those players, you see them as kids and then see them grow up and see them with their families. That’s the same thing with Jarome now. It’s nice to see him play meaningful games at this stage of his career.

On how he’d evaluate Iginla’s play:
Well, he’s going to be 40 in July. Obviously I wish he was 28. [Reporter: I wish I was 40.] Me too.

On whether Matt Greene is on the trip “just to be around the players”:
No, he’s available to play.

On Adrian Kempe:
He’s been fine. We’ve brought him up, played him in a few games. I think he’s been a healthy scratch, I think, actually the game in here that we played last time. He’s 21. We’re giving him a chance. We’ve looked at a lot of young defensemen this year, and we’d like to see how some of our young forwards perform, and he’s the one guy that we felt deserved the opportunity, and he’s played pretty well for us.

[Ed: Matt Greene is not available to play.]

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