September 28 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On whether winning is important at all in the preseason:
Couldn’t care less. I haven’t even looked at stats or anything. We’re just trying to get everybody to try to do things right. There are some young players that you want to relax, and there are some young players that you want to not relax, and you want the guys you trust to get their game.

On whether he was confident Marian Gaborik would return:
It wasn’t even an issue. We’re not going to negotiate a 35-million dollar contract if the coaches didn’t want the player, I would doubt. [Reporter: I’m not asking about that, but did you feel confident that he was not going to feel free agency?] No, not that he wouldn’t explore it, but at the same time, players that haven’t had long runs in playoffs, generally once they get that opportunity, and they know they’re well received by everybody, and if it’s a good place to play, if it’s a good city, then usually you know that’s an advantage.

On the plan to continue to look at Andy Andreoff at left wing and center:
He’s got to show that he can play at left wing and center. If we’re healthy, we have 13 forwards returning from last year, and nobody’s shown that they’re taking any of those guys places, and that’s for sure.

On Kevin Raine’s performance:
He’s been rewarded for rookie camp. He had his game, and that’s where we’re at. He’s going to have to show he can be an American League player first. Whether he can or not, we’ll see.

On the start to Manchester’s season:
Yeah, they won’t start ‘til the first, whenever the first is. So the medicals are on the 30th. Today’s the 28th, so they don’t skate ‘til the first…Most of the guys are allowed to go get vehicles and drive, and some of the older guys, they probably don’t have to be there on the first. Their season doesn’t start ‘til the middle of the month.

Courtesy of LA Kings Insider reader Jon Bradley, here are photos from this morning’s non-game group practice.

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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.