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Darryl Sutter just wants Jeff Carter to go play

Feb 25, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

Darryl Sutter AP

Now with Jeff Carter locked in on playing in Los Angeles, some are wondering just how he’s going to fit in. After all, he’ll be teaming up again with his former Philadelphia Flyers teammate and best friend Mike Richards and with the Kings having their own system, the worry is that Carter might have a hard time adjusting.

Kings coach Darryl Sutter tells Rich Hammond of L.A. Kings Insider that he just wants to see him play the game.

“It’s not really instructions. Just let him go play. Our systems, and all that, are pretty generic, and he has played most of it. Other than the odd tweak, or three feet somewhere (on the ice) where he’s got to be, there’s not much there. Just go and play. The issues, when guys get traded, is skating and travel and the legal part of it. They just want to play.”

It’s like a modern-day Shakespeare saying that “the play’s the thing” except… Not.

All the Kings need Carter to do is to spark the offense and score goals the way he’s capable of doing. Sounds easy, right? As long as Carter stays healthy it should be doable. With 25 points in 39 games in Columbus, Carter’s got the skills. Of course, L.A. is where offense has gone to die this season. The Kings are hoping that Carter can snap everyone out of it.

  1. dolphincult - Feb 25, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    put down your bottle and straw, just go score Jeff

  2. gretzkyoneyzermantwo - Feb 25, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    And people wonder why Sutter teams can’t score goals.

    And Sutter is so full of garbage it’s unreal.
    As if his system has ever been anything other than 1st line is allowed to carry the puck in while 2nd, 3rd, and 4th lines all play dump it in with 1 man in to retrieve.

    No way he will admit he needs to allow a 2nd line to have some creativity and puck possession.

    Sorry for talking hockey-speak, I know most here won’t understand

    • gretzkyoneyzermantwo - Feb 25, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      LOL I love thumbs down from those without the ability to retort back with anything intelligent.

      It’s like watching tears roll down a speachless fat kid’s face with his icecream hits the ground.

      • docpizzamd - Feb 25, 2012 at 9:07 PM

        buds, no one commented for two reasons: no one gets an account on a website like this to comment on stories like that, so people just give goombas like you a thumbs down. second, that is honestly the worst “hockey-speak” anyone has ever seen.

      • docpizzamd - Feb 25, 2012 at 9:08 PM

        i actually saw your comments and got an account so i could say something

  3. sheckyrimshot - Feb 25, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    just do what you do best, jeff. take 16 shots a game from terrible angles and forget how to back check.

  4. obamablowz - Feb 25, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Sorry Sutter, that isn’t going to happen.

  5. blomfeld - Feb 26, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    CHARGE !

    That friends, is now the battle cry of the Los Angeles Kings ! Yes siree, the Kings are now officially on the offensive and nothing, say again nothing, is going to stop us from cutting down the Sedin brothers and top spot is the Western Conference ! We know that there have recently been some rumblings about our new coach and his “sanity” etc ? Well it’s too late for that now. The call to “charge” has already been sounded and we’re now on our way ! The Blackhawks were crushed like “ants on a sidewalk” tonight and that’s just the beginning ! We’re coming for “you” Vancouver and there’s nothing you can do about it !

    • elvispocomo - Feb 26, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      Well, you’ve got an 18 point difference and 20 games left to make that up in – not to mention you’re not even in a playoff spot yet (9th currently). Good luck with that.

      • blomfeld - Feb 26, 2012 at 11:43 PM

        It doesn’t matter ! 18 points or 180 points, we’re coming for you people !

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