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Toews is the NHL’s best two-way player, says Kopitar’s coach

May 20, 2014, 4:19 PM EDT

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Darryl Sutter has long been a fan of Jonathan Toews — last year, Sutter called him the best captain in hockey not named Dustin Brown — but on Tuesday, the Kings head coach took his admiration to new heights.

From the NHL:

Q. Why do you think the Toews line was successful against your top line defensively in Game 1?

COACH SUTTER: They’re a great line. Jonathan Toews, he is the best two-way player in the National Hockey League. Hossa is right there next in terms of wingers. That’s for sure.

It’s an interesting comment, mostly because Sutter coaches one of the NHL’s best two-way players in Anze Kopitar. In fact, Kopitar cemented his status three weeks ago by earning his first-ever Selke nomination as the NHL’s top defensive forward; the big Slovenian appeared in all 82 games this year and finished second to Sidney Crosby in terms of minutes logged by a forward, logging more shorthanded time than any of the NHL’s top-30 scorers while winning 53.3 percent of his faceoffs.

Kopitar’s also been outstanding this postseason, leading all scorers with 19 points through 15 games.

That said, there’s no denying Toews’ place in the conversation of best two-way players. He’s the reigning Selke winner and has been a finalist three times over the last four years, including this season.

Oh, and then there are Toews’ unparalleled leadership skills. Just ask Kopitar’s coach about those.

“Jonathan impacts their locker room, maybe more so than his on-ice performance,” Sutter said last year, per the Chicago Daily Herald. “Just what he brings them.

“He is the consummate player.”

  1. canucks30 - May 20, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Toews reminds me of a cross between Joe Sakic and Mark Messier.

    • blomfeld - May 20, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      Indeed … and perhaps a dash of Tinker Bell too eh ?

      • babykaby - May 20, 2014 at 9:06 PM


      • twosquirrelsonetree - May 21, 2014 at 1:25 AM

        This site would be 100x better if they’d IP ban you and your other 8 accounts.

  2. canucks30 - May 20, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    That being said, Kopitar remains criminly underrated.

    • r8rbhawk - May 20, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      Agreed. I’d still take my boy Tazer first, but Kopitar is definitely stellar.

      You think the problem is he plays in the Pacific? I mean, I know us folks out west always say this because the world revolves around the Eastern time zone so guys like Kopitar do not get sufficient exposure. I just gotta think if he were on a team like Detroit, Philly, NY, etc. he’d be considered a superstar.

    • blomfeld - May 20, 2014 at 5:10 PM

      “criminly” … or did you mean ‘criminally’ friend ?

      ps: don’t worry as not all of us can speak the ‘King’s’ English eh ? :)

      • canucks30 - May 20, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        Not any worse than your butchering of the English language as blomfeld, muckleflugga, or joey4id. Although, in fairness, your valoisvipers, patthehockeyfan, thailer35, aldog83, and thehighcountrybear accounts seem to have adequate spelling, grammar, and syntax.

      • patthehockeyfan - May 20, 2014 at 6:53 PM

        For chrissake! Would you PLEASE stop conflating me w/blomfeld?

        I wrote before: I’m a woman living in Baltimore, MD. Blomfeld has written that he’s a 54-year-old man living in Vancouver, BC.

        This is getting old. Get a life and write about hockey, will you?

      • blomfeld - May 20, 2014 at 7:58 PM

        “he’s a 54-year-old man living in Vancouver, BC” …

        yes Patricia … and a ‘sexy’ one at that ! :)

      • babykaby - May 20, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        Dumfeld Blomfeld, not all of us are idiots like you either.

      • blomfeld - May 20, 2014 at 10:17 PM

        LOL ! … you ladies are all the same … just can’t help yourself eh ? :)

      • machosasquatcho - May 21, 2014 at 2:10 AM

        Fascinating insights, blomfeld. Oh, sorry, I meant pointless, not fascinating.

        As always, please stop typing things.

  3. bildomatic - May 20, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Yes… He is…

  4. krbmjb - May 20, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    This is not a surprise to Kings Fans. I’m sure if asked he would say that Keith is a better defenseman than Doughty too. This is a typical Sutter “tactic” to motivate his players.

    • hawksin5 - May 20, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      @krb no buddy, this is fact. look at stats, awards, and accomplishments. Toews > Kopitar and yes KEITH>DOUGHTY. at least according to his soon to be second Norris trophy…… watch more games, would ya?

      • krbmjb - May 21, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        Calm down Hawk-Homer Buddy! I didn’t say it was true, I said it was a tactic of Sutter to say these things PUBLICLY to try to motivate his players! You can go back down to your knees now in front of United Center!

  5. muckleflugga - May 20, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    methinks patthehockey fan took recent delivery of her copy of readers’ digest’s thirty days to a more powerful vacubul vocapillar vucubbullarily … what the efff

    youse no, that big fat book with the genwine naugahyde limited edishin cover and all thos fancee wurds

    conflate lmao … use those kind of words canucks30 will be fighting a semi-on all night très chubée

    • blomfeld - May 20, 2014 at 8:23 PM

      *** earlier today at Billy-Bob’s General Store in Baltimore MD ***

      Billy Bob: howdy mam … how can I help y’all today ?

      Pat: I wanna buy me a book !

      Billy Bob: well, what kinda book is you look’n fur mam ?

      Pat: someth’n with all them ‘big & fancy’ words like them ‘high society’ folk like to use !

      Billy Bob: well looky here, how’s about this one ? … it’s called ‘Odyssey’ or some damn thang ?

      Pat: I’ll take it ! … how much do y’all want fur this here book ?

      Billy Bob: how’s about ‘one’ dollar ?

      Pat: you got yourself a deal ! :)

      • machosasquatcho - May 21, 2014 at 2:48 AM

        Are you still here?

  6. 1harrypairatesties - May 20, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Hey now let’s show the lady some respect & keep the war of words between us men. That being said, Keith IS better than Doughty. Towes IS the best 2-way player. Quinnville is the best coach. And the Blackhawks are the best team. That’s why they will win the Cup again this year. (Didn’t even have to mention Kane, Hossa, Sharp, Hjarlmerson, Seabrook, Bolland, Crawford, ect…)

    • hawksin5 - May 20, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      ok i completely agree with the comment. But dude…. Bolland doesn’t play on the hawks anymore…

      • blomfeld - May 20, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        executive summary: hawksin5 & 1harrypairatesties are obviously of a ‘slower’ bouquet … 😦

    • patthehockeyfan - May 21, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      It’s almost not fair to compare Keith to Doughty, harry. Coach Q allows more offense from his defensemen. Since Sutter’s style of play doesn’t, yes, Keith is better than Doughty at being an all-around defensive/offensive player.

      Were it a head-to-head match-up, and Doughty could cut loose (think Team Canada @ the Olympics), I think Doughty would best Keith.

      There’s just no clear way to say, though.

  7. 1harrypairatesties - May 20, 2014 at 9:25 PM


    Was thinking Shaw. Don’t know why I wrote Bolland. Thanks for correcting my mistake. Go Hawks.


    You were obviously one of those kids who was picked on growing up & feel you can redeem yourself through stupid internet postings. I weep for your future.

  8. snipedanglecelly13 - May 20, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Eh your favorite word? Can’t tell you’re from canada.

  9. 1harrypairatesties - May 20, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    I’m sure you’re the one who sits when you pee blomfeld, … eh ?

  10. blackhawks2010 - May 20, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Cue the phony motivational tactics to get the most out of Kopitar press sound bite by Sutter…..

  11. 1harrypairatesties - May 21, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    eh ?!!!???!!

  12. braddavery - May 21, 2014 at 2:13 AM

    Dude JUST turned 26 twenty two days ago and is +141 during his short career (good for 128th all-time). That’s unreal.

  13. alfredosauce19 - May 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    him and sid are neck and neck for complaining / whining and also diving

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