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Coach Sutter: ‘Struggling’ Muzzin can’t keep turning over the puck

Oct 8, 2013, 7:27 PM EDT

Jake Muzzin #6 of the Los Angeles Kings skates against the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on September 17, 2013 in Anaheim, California.
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Defenseman Jake Muzzin got his big break last season, playing in 45 games with the Kings. The 24-year-old has a bright future ahead of him, but Kings coach Darryl Sutter isn’t happy with his recent play.

“He’s struggling a lot,” Sutter told LA Kings Insider.

Although Muzzin has a goal and an assist in three games, Sutter took issue with Muzzin’s role in a turnover to Rick Nash that led to Brad Richards netting the game-winning goal in the New York Rangers’ 3-1 victory on Monday.

“Muzzin [is] going to have to learn not to turn the puck over if he wants to play, period,” Sutter said.

Sutter thinks part of the problem is that Muzzin got hurt during the preseason and that messed with his preparations. In retrospect, Sutter believes that Muzzin would have been better served as a healthy scratch in the season opener so that he would have gotten a bit more time to get into game shape.

At this point though, Sutter isn’t committing to making him a healthy scratch, even if he expects more form the young blueliner.


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  1. canucks30 - Oct 8, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Only a matter of time before the Kings tune out Sutter. His hardass routine gets old fairly quick. May not happen this season but it’s coming.

    • blomfeld - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      It’s called ‘tough’ love friend … not always nice, but ‘that’ which is needed …

    • bauxjangles - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      I would normally agree but judging Williams’ response, it might just be more of an accountability thing than anything. He’s not screaming at the guys, just reminding them of the expectations they have placed on them.

    • patthehockeyfan - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      Good morning, folks!

      I’m sure canucks30 knows this; but, it bears repeating. Sutter took over coaching the Kings in December, 2011. Six months later, and as an 8th-seed in the playoffs, the Kings won The Stanley Cup.

      The Kings made it to the Western Conference Finals this past season, losing to the eventual SC champions, the Chicago Blackhawks.

      With those stats on Sutter’s resume, I seriously doubt that his job is in jeopardy, especially after only a handful of games this season.

    • yustasayin - Oct 9, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      Correctamundo – the Sutter curse is alive and well!

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