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Kings trying d-man Martinez at left wing because ‘someone has to play left wing’

Oct 23, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

Darryl Sutter is on fire.

The Kings head coach, who’s already dropped a couple of press scrum gems (see here and here) this year, had a couple more on Wednesday after casually mentioning he was going to try defenseman Alec Martinez at left wing.

Why Martinez, Darryl?

How long have you thought about doing this, Darryl?

Classic Darryl.


Sutter’s right to carve the situation, though, because the Kings aren’t getting anything out of their left wingers this year. The natural lefties — Dan Carcillo and Kyle Clifford — are both bottom-six guys and, as for players with offensive upside for a top-six role, Matt Frattin has played “much better” at right wing and will reportedly stay there while youngster Tyler Toffoli doesn’t appear up to the challenge just yet.

“I think that we were probably way out of line to think that we were going to play Frattin on left wing or Toffoli on left wing,” Sutter told LA Kings Insider. “It’s really difficult. You could learn it, I think, at the American League level, but it’s tough to learn it at the NHL level.”

As such, it’s possible the Kings could look to acquire a natural left winger via trade.

  1. elvispocomo - Oct 23, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    The Canucks have one they aren’t using…

  2. charlieconway96 - Oct 23, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Imitation is the highest form of flattery, see: Brent Burns.

  3. slysipops - Oct 23, 2013 at 5:39 PM


    • slysipops - Oct 23, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      by the way , listen to the words. it is only 3 plus minutes and DARRYL would be happy you did !!

    • guitarhunterdude - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      You, sir, are no Blomfeld. There can be only one.

      • prd797 - Oct 23, 2013 at 8:07 PM

        Good thing too. One Blomfeld is annoying enough as is.

      • blomfeld - Oct 24, 2013 at 12:30 AM

        *** somewhere in the Pacific aboard USS Los Angeles ***

        Executive Officer Slysipops: Captain on the bridge !

        Comrade Blomfeld: as you were gentlemen …


        here’s the deal friends .. Sutter’s decision to try Martinez on left wing is no different than the Beatles going back to the studio in ’67 in-order to focus on producing more quality and ‘mind-expanding’ music … and as I recall, they did pretty good eh ? :)

      • slysipops - Oct 25, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        that i know………..but if we don’t try……….how can we ever succeed at life ?

  4. pxland - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    “Every time he’s backchecking when he should have been skating backwards.”

    That’s a whole lot of awesome right there.

  5. c9castine - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    his line on why hes trying martinez at left wing is one of the greatest lines ive ever heard from a coach about his own team.

  6. patthehockeyfan - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Darryl Sutter – a one-of-a-kind gem of a man and coach. He sure keeps the off-ice stuff interesting!

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