September 25 practice quotes: Sutter, Nolan, Clifford - LA Kings Insider

Darryl Sutter, on what he’s looking for from Jordan Nolan:
He has some experience. He is familiar with the team. He fills a good role for us. Just continue that.

Sutter, on how to get younger players to avoid plateauing:
Tanner and Tyler didn’t play here very much last year until the playoffs, if you look at how many games they actually played. First off, it’s the same thing when you ask about Kyle or Jordy. Evaluate it on the prior year based on the whole year, so how many games they actually played. Our team played a hundred and eight. So how many of them did they actually play, and what did we get based on how many games they played? How many of them were injury-related missed games, how many were healthy scratch, how many – like with those boys – how many of them were assigned when they were called up? How’d they play? It’s all that. You know what? They can’t all play. How else do we base it as a staff fairly? It’s based on training camp.

Sutter, on the preseason game in Colorado Springs:
I’m looking forward to it. I haven’t been to the Broadmoor [for a long time]. We used to go with the Blackhawks in the old days before it was the Avalanche, when it was the old Rockies. We used to stay up there during the season and bus down, so I’m looking forward to it. It’s a beautiful old resort, beautiful, and Mr. Anschutz owns it now, so I’m sure it’s more beautiful.

Jordan Nolan, on his decision to cut his hair:
Last year I got a haircut just before camp started and I grew it all season long. It ended up pretty well for our team, so I think I got a nice haircut yesterday, and I’ll grow it to the end again, so hopefully it’s good luck again.

Nolan, on his off-season training regimen:
I pretty much did what I always did. I wasn’t playing too much in the end of the playoffs, so I was already lifting pretty hard and keeping myself ready to get in there. So I took a few weeks off and then I picked it back up and I probably started a little better than some of the other guys because they played quite in the playoffs, so I had a little bit of an advantage, I guess you can say.

Nolan, on what he’ll look to exhibit in the preseason:
Just go out there, play your game, work hard. I had a good off-season, came in, tested well. I thought I played well the other night. Just keep going the same. All your job…is to play hard and show the coaches what you can do, and it’s up to them for the rest.

Nolan, on the team returning to Los Angeles in excellent shape:
I think it’s just our team mentality that we’ve won a few times now and we know what it takes and we want to get there again.

Kyle Clifford, on the team’s role players:
Everybody has a job to do, whether it’s big or small, it’s to contribute, and it’s a big part of the team.

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