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

On the Olympians rejoining the team in advance of tonight’s game:
It’s be like the whole team going to travel somewhere the day before. You know what? They got here a day [early]. That’s why we set it up. There’s no way around it. I don’t think it made sense to bring ‘em all the way back to L.A. and then turn around and come here again. Basically, Brownie and Quicker are pretty good. Other than the flight, they haven’t played, and actually with Jonathan, during the tournament he had a three-day break in there between after the first game and then…Slovenia, I think. So, really, with three goalies, he had three days in there between games and practices in terms of what he took. With him, it’s just the travel.

On whether he’ll “play it by ear” in assigning ice time to Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter:
No, you don’t play it by ear. Drew Doughty is a special player. If we don’t play Drew Doughty, then we’ve got a problem. Same thing with Carts. Obviously you need four lines. You’re playing three games in three and a half days. It’s not where they’re coming from. It’s what we’ve got to do. So you’re probably pulling your forwards off two or three minutes anyways to be able to accomplish what you want. With Drew, that’s a little bit different deal.

On what Patrick Roy has done well with the Avalanche:
We’ve seen them in training camp. We played them in the preseason, right? We played ‘em up here and then in Vegas. You know what? They’ve gotten excellent goaltending this year, and obviously with the kid coming in, MacKinnon doesn’t get enough credit. He could score 30 goals. So obviously Patrick’s leadership – at the end of the day, Patrick, even though he was a goaltender, he was known as a great leader. So he’s taken those kids and pushed ‘em…Quite honest, they’re a strong team up front. So if they get the goaltending, they’re a strong team. They’re going to score.

On what he’d like to see from the Kings tonight:
Get off to a good start. Keep it simple. Keep your shifts short. Be as good at the end of the shift as you are at the start. Try and get some flow to our game. Kind of do what we do.

And, lastly, Darryl Sutter offered a recollection about playing at McNichols Sports Arena after yesterday’s practice. I had been planning on using it for my LAKings.com story today (post coming), but it didn’t end up in there. It’s not a particularly useful quote, but it does reference the thinner air that the players will contend with today – not that this Kings team relies on Denver’s altitude as an excuse.

Darryl Sutter, on restarting the NHL schedule at a high altitude:
Altitude – there’s not much difference than Calgary’s, when you look at it, if that’s a factor at all. Been doing it for a long time now. I’ve never used it as an excuse and never allowed it to be a factor. The first thing you did when you walked into the old arena…remember the sign when you walked into the old arena?… 5,280 feet.

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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.