October 14 morning skate quotes: Darryl Sutter - LA Kings Insider

On how he plans on breaking up time in net between Jeff Zatkoff and Peter Budaj:
I’ve got to do a lot of work in the next three or four days, really breaking down Peter’s schedule that he’s had in the league and not going too far back on it. … Basically, you break down how he’s played against certain teams, home-road, things like that, and go from there. It’s going to be performance-related now. We’ve got to honor how guys are playing right now. It’s no different than a player or a defenseman, so that’s how you’re going to base it.

On Peter Budaj:
We’d seen him lots in training camp last year and we’d seen him in New York last year and I’ve seen him in the playoff lots last year and I’ve seen him in training camp this year, so I’ve seen enough. And, obviously, ive seen lots of his career. I think the biggest thing for me was getting to know what kind of person he was. He was a popular guy, and hopefully he can come in and give us some decent games.

On balancing the pageantry of the night with the need to pick up two points:
It’s a long break. It shouldn’t be a 55-minute break between [the start of] warm-up and puck drop. It should not be. That’s an issue for both teams. [Reporter: So what happens when you have those ceremonies?] Damned if I know. I’m not used to it. Don’t talk to me about it.

On the on-ice pageantry:
Seeing those old guys out on the ice and all that, I look forward to talking to them. I’m familiar with most of those guys. It’s exciting for me to see who’s coming and who wasn’t able to come more than anything else.

On Jonathan Quick’s “warrior mentality”:
I think that’s evident around the league. That’s how he’s known, as a great competitor. With that comes injury. Quietly he’s played with a lot more injuries than probably anybody in our locker room over the years.

On Quick’s willingness to enter post-whistle scrums:
That’s part of his makeup. I think that he’s looking more for his teammates to do that rather than him, but I think he senses all those sorts of situations pretty well and has a good handle on it. Hey, that’s why we love him, right? That’s what I said after the game. You guys were asking me how he did it. Well, he did it sliding. It’s what he does, right? He could’ve done it yesterday in practice. That’s how he is.

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.