Kings' Sutter on puck-possession hockey

Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter continues to be one of the upper-echelon quotable personalities in hockey because he's smart and, frankly, his straight-forward, no-nonsense approach lends itself to avoiding the cliche-driven tripe through which we too often have to sort as sports fans.

Via The Edmonton Journal, Sutter says the Kings’ seemingly defend-first game is a “misconception. The big thing in today’s game is you have to be able to forecheck and backcheck, and you have to have the puck. You can’t give the puck up. We don’t play in our zone, so there’s not much defending."

Also: “I’ve coached in three decades now and this stuff where they said Marian had to play in Jacques’s system is a bunch of bull-crap. The game’s changed. They think there’s defending in today’s game. Nah, it’s how much you have the puck. Teams that play around in their own zone think they’re defending but they’re generally getting scored on or taking face-offs and they need a goalie to stand on his head if that’s the way they play."

Source: Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal

Speaking of the Kings and great quotes, I'd be remiss not to pass along this recent gem from Kings GM Dean Lombardi as he discussed just-acquired blueliner Brayden McNabb.