November 11 practice quotes: Darryl Sutter

On Anaheim dealing with two players with viral infections:
Yeah, we’ve had some sick guys, too. [Reporter: Did you get the flu shot?] Yeah, our guys have their flu shots at training camp. I’m not sure how other teams do it. [Reporter: How about you, personally?] Yeah…I never used to because I thought that the flu shot made you sick, but now they say it [doesn’t].

On how Anaheim has evolved from last year:
I think the kids on the back end have got a year under their belt. They’ve got the three guys who are real top defensemen. Vatanen and Lindholm and Fowler. Three top guys on the back. It’s like the growth of our young defensemen. We talked about it before with Doughty, Voynov, Martinez, Muzzin. Same thing. That’s the biggest impact it has in our game. [Reporter: What about up front? Are they any different?} Well, Kesler is right there with Getzlaf, so would you say that’s different? Yep. I mean, Bonino’s a really good player, but he’s a different type of player. That’s the biggest difference, and it’s not me saying it. It’s kind of what the conference and division has done.

On getting Jamie McBain acclimated to the team:
Yeah, there’s a lot to go over with him. It’s way different coming to this conference. The pace of play is way different…We’ll see. [Reporter: It seems like a crash course, a couple days.] He hasn’t played on a good team. Big difference. Good kid, good skill set. The next part is the game. [Reporter: It’s amazing how quickly things can turn. That’s the beauty of sports. He’s skating in his dad’s rink in Bloomington a couple weeks ago, and here he is with the Stanley Cup champions.] You know what? He’s had a really good college career, came out, and played a year in the American League,…got off to a good start in Carolina, signed a big contract, and had trouble getting one. It happens.

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