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Drew Doughty is free to take a chance or two with the puck

Feb 21, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

Drew Doughty AP

Have to admit I laughed when I read the headline of Rich Hammond’s latest post over at LA Kings Insider: “Time for defensemen to be more active?”

Just the image of Darryl Sutter wondering if his team – the one with the worst offense in the NHL – should maybe let Drew Doughty off his leash is pretty funny.

In a related story, Sutter is wondering if his brown jacket is too flashy.

OK, that’s not really fair. Sutter actually has no problem letting Doughty push the puck; he just wants the star defenseman to use his teammates at the same time.

“Drew walks that line, of trying to do too much himself or becoming a part of it,” Sutter said. “When he’s really effective, he’s a part of it.”

Doughty has just 25 points in 54 games – not the greatest stat line for a guy that missed training camp while negotiating an eight-year, $56 million deal.

  1. solador78 - Feb 21, 2012 at 6:56 PM

    “These guys talk too much about the team.”

    “They should talk more about themselves.”

    • baldhedjer - Feb 21, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      That’s Kopi and Brownie, not Drew. Sutter’s analysis of Drew is spot on, and he doesn’t really have the numbers to be talking much either….no one on the team does.

      • solador78 - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:27 PM

        Sorry, how’s this?

        “Drew usually tries to do too much, and that’s bad. But he’s also really good when he does that.”

  2. blomfeld - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    “Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war !” …

    The great Counter-Offensive has already started friends, for as we speak, the Coyotes are seeing more rubber tonight than the Good Year Tire Corporation ! … okay, well maybe not that much … but the point is that Coach Sutter knows “exactly” what he’s talking about with regards to comrade Doughty … it’s now time for us to throw “all” caution to the wind as we now set out in pursuit of the Western Conference championship !

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