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Sutter On Quick

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

Darryl Sutter might say simple things, but be assured that he’s not a simple man. Every coach has his own motivational tools, and every coach knows that what he says publicly has a good chance of making its way to his players’ eyes and ears. To that end, Sutter gave some interesting comments today, after initially being asked about Jonathan Quick’s uncharacteristic interference penalty in Thursday’s game against San Jose.

SUTTER: “He didn’t play very well, so he was probably a little frustrated with his own performance.”

It didn’t quite end there, though. In the recent past — such as here — Sutter has drawn comparisons with Quick and Miikka Kiprusoff, of whom Sutter speaks with great professional affection. This isn’t to say that Sutter is being dishonest in terms of his feelings about Quick, but is he saying things to try to fire up Quick a bit? Sutter continued, when asked about bad games being few and far between for Quick this season…

SUTTER
: “Hey, it’s a big challenge when you play San Jose. San Jose has a goaltender that has won a Stanley Cup. He quietly goes about his business and doesn’t get much credit, just criticism. And we have one that gets a lot of credit.”

Question: Do you think he gets too much credit?

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I hope I am not in the minority on this issue but I like what Sutter said. Quick has had some great success this year, as well as last. In most cases, this would cause a young player to think that they have ‘made’ it (see Doughty, Cammalleri, Heatley, and many others). Sutter’s point is success over time makes players great, not one or two good seasons. He wants Quick to focus on consistency and improvement over time.

Posted by scooter from los angeles on 04/07/12 at 08:09 PM ET

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