The Kings wrapped up the first part of today’s camp at their training facility in El Segundo. After about an hour on the ice, media members were allowed to speak with the players.
Then, right around the same time, a surprise took place – Anze Kopitar suited up and went out on an empty sheet of fresh ice to test his injured knee. For more on that story, see our pics and comments from Kopitar posted on twitter.
Finally, the morning ended with Kings coach Darryl Sutter. It was a rather short session, but here are the highlights:
Q: Second day in coach, any thoughts about practice today?
DS: Practice was fine. We’re so fortunate to have travel and do two today. So fortunate.
A: Does it feel a little bit like game day then, getting a practice in here this morning and then heading up to Staples Center later this afternoon?
DS: No because we’re not playing a game. We have four or five days to prepare for that.
Q: How much of an advantage is it to have your entire playoff roster intact for a 48-game season?
DS: It’s an advantage if you’re healthy. But, unfortunately, we’re not…One of the reasons that we won the championship last year is if you look at the lineup that we used from the middle of January on; it’s pretty much the intact lineup other than Brad Richardson’s spleen and and Cliffy getting hurt in game two in Vancouver.
Q: Kopitar just skated – not full range obviously, but he said he felt little discomfort. That’s gotta be encouraging.
DS: So what do you want me to say? You talked to him before I did. Well just so you know, that’s generally not the rule, right? You were able to do it, next time you won’t.
Q: Any impressions of Anthony Stewart coming in today?
DS: Yeah, I’m happy to see him. I was sorta reflecting last night on it because we didn’t know about (the trade) until yesterday morning…But some of the guys are very familiar with him. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter won the gold medal (at the World Junior Championships) with him at North Dakota during the last lockout…My brother coached him on that team.
Q: He says his role is to come in here and be a big body, bang around and maybe get in a couple fights. Is that the role that you see him in?
DS: I think he’s competing with three or four other guys – (who) everybody assumes are in our lineup – for the same position. You can’t play them all. You can only have a 23 man roster and you can only dress 18 skaters.
Pretty straight to the point today. However, yesterday was one of Sutter’s finer performances. Like with the players, we weren’t sure what to expect from the coach on day one of camp. Would he take a while to rev up coming out of the lockout or would he instead have several pent up Sutterisms, stored away during the work-stoppage like grain in a silo back on the farm.
Well, to say that he exceeded all expectations would be an understatement.
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These fantastic answers all came within the first minute alone. Wow! Watch the whole presser from yesterday and enjoy…
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