What will Sutter say? All new Sutterisms after Friday’s practice

After about a 45-minute practice today, Kings coach Darryl Sutter shared the following thoughts…

– On the Kings fantasy camp going on right now: “This is a true story – last year these guys were here for fantasy camp. It was a gameday and I went to Ralph’s on the way home to pick up something to eat, and there were two guys with a grocery cart full of beer and chips, and they started talking. I said ‘What the hell are you guys doing?’…They said ‘Oh, we’re here for fantasy camp! So they were getting their pregame in – beer and chips.”

– On if seeing the former players and participating in the Legends Nights helps strengthen his ties to the organization: “Well, I enjoyed Lappy’s night, just because it was the role player guy, the blue collar guy, which was pretty neat. Then, Kelly, obviously, I coached Kelly. So, that’s different, as he really had his best years here. The year I coached him was actually the last year of his career. It’ll be neat to see his family.”

– He spoke with Ian Laperriere’s kids last time, so what will he say to Hrudey’s kids: “Well, they’re grown-up and beautiful girls now. They’re not going to look at an old guy with grey hair and take any info from me.”

– On which former players and/or alumni from previous teams he keeps strong ties with: “Oh, I think the Chicago guys for sure. Maggie (Keith Magnuson) was instrumental around the league in all the alumni part of it. That’s why the Blackhawks one is still so strong, there are guys that are in Maggie’s age group now that are pretty successful guys in the Chicago area – Cliff (Koroll) and Stan (Mikita) and Tony (Amonte). That was sort of my coming out in Chicago. It’s always good to see all those guys when I go back there. It’s neat before the game, you’ve got guys sneaking into the coaches room, and after the game it’s awesome to see all those guys.”

– Brenden Morrow told MayorsManor yesterday that Dave Tippett always wanted to beat LA. Does he have any special message when the Kings play Calgary, his former team? “No. I’ve moved past that a long time ago. Brenden Morrow’s only played for one team, and I would assume that Tippett had only coached one team, too. I’ve played on and coached several teams – the older you get, the less (it matters). It basically has no bearing on anything. It’s like talking about the alumni guys. I’ve got players on that team that are good friends of mine. So I’m not talking about Calgary. My only concern is the Kings.”

– On Calgary goalie Mikka Kiprusoff: “His oldest boy’s in school now, so that’s why he stayed in Calgary during the lockout this year, because his son was in school…(He’s a man of few words) that’s why we had such a good relationship, because we know what to expect. It’s not hard to figure out – show up, gameday; go hard; go home. He’s a great goalie. He gives them an instant chance again. The last time he took six weeks off in February or March, he went to Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final. If you look at it, same thing. The injury, the six weeks, came back. He gives them a chance…Top goaltending does do that for you. Quite honestly, I’ll bet if you ask Kipper tomorrow, he did not have the start of the season that he wanted. If you look at his numbers, they’re not what he wanted, for sure. He’s at the age where he’s a proud guy and he’s a good competitor.”

– On his thoughts about the Dallas game now that he’s had a chance to review the video: “We watch video before every practice and after every game. It’s just sometimes you do it in small groups, sometimes you do it in big groups…Not really anything different. Just reinforce some areas that we haven’t been very good at off and on all year. So there are usually teaching moments that you can use. We were able to use that this morning…We’re giving too many goals up. I said that after the game. You give up too many goals, you don’t win. You give up four goals against, you don’t win. If they’re great plays and all that stuff, wonderful. But, it’s slipped into some of our younger players’ games, and we have to get it out of them. Get the mistakes out of their game again, and they’re easy mistakes to correct if they want to correct them.”

– On if Alec Martinez is getting a little better each game since returning from injury: “Not necessarily last night. If it’s ‘game to game’, was it any better last night? No. Those two kids had a rough night. Their first four shifts on the ice there were two penalties, goals against. Penalty killing, goals against. I would say those are teachable moments. What’s the old line? When the students are ready to listen, then the teacher will talk. Otherwise, don’t.”

– On if the kids are ready to listen: “Jeez, we just won friggin’ eight out of 11. They must not have totally waxed up, have they? I think the earth is flat. And they look out over, the earth is flat, right?”

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Comments

  1. Doughty99 says

    “Jeez, we just won friggin’ eight out of 11. They must not have totally waxed up, have they? I think the earth is flat. And they look out over, the earth is flat, right?”

    I could use a teachable moment for this, Darryl.

    • That comment makes me laugh every time I read it but I have no idea what it means.