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Sutter: Jeff Carter a ‘perfect role model’ for younger Kings forwards

Jun 7, 2014, 12:30 AM EDT

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The L.A. Kings are loaded with depth, a fact we’ve all been once again reminded of during these Stanley Cup playoffs. They’re loaded with reliable players throughout their lineup, with four players in the top five right now in post-season scoring.

Jeff Carter, with nine goals and 23 points, is second in that category, behind teammate Anze Kopitar. His numbers have been impressive, but Kings head coach Darryl Sutter praised Carter for his leadership as well, a mentor to younger, up-and-coming players like Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson.

Sutter also compared the big center to his teammate Mike Richards, subject to buyout speculation even though the Kings are three wins away from a Stanley Cup championship. Together, Carter and Richards were also part of L.A.’s 2012 team that took the silver chalice in dominating fashion.

Carter’s production during the regular season was well below a point-per-game average – a mark he hasn’t matched or gone over since 2008-09 in Philadelphia. He’s had individual success in each of the previous two post-seasons, but has broken out in a big way in 2014. And it’s not over yet.

“I think he’s sort of like Mike, where they just win. You can count on them all the time,” Sutter told reporters.

“Really great practice player. Well-trained guy. Takes care of himself. It’s funny, when you ask about that for Toffoli and Pearson, that’s a perfect role model for them.”

  1. blomfeld - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    GO JEFF & HIS 70’S LINE !!!


  2. afce22 - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    The guy is a playoff superstar. The Montreal GM said there are some players who get you there (playoffs) and some who get you through. Carter is a guy who gets you through.

    But rangers aren’t done…it’s only one game. LGR!!

  3. imnotyourbuddyguy - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:41 AM

    So Jeff has kicked his coke habit?

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:46 AM

      Before anyone asks, Carter, Richards, Hartnell, Lupul, Upshaw and Coburn used to be known as the “Old City Gang” when they all lived in the old city area of Philly. It was their ‘I don’t care who sees” attitude when partying hard down there that got the team blown up.

      • joey4id - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:27 AM

        What does this have to do with the current situation in LA? Oh! Wait! I remember you. You’re the guy who thinks he’s better than everybody else.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:10 AM

        From now on Joey Im going to follow every post you ever make on this site, with a copy and paste message about you getting banned from here, using multiple accounts, including your messages on HF boards, the lying about insider sources.

        You will never get another reply from me, and you will never make a post here without my message following it.

  4. luvusa1 - Jun 7, 2014 at 2:47 AM

    Role model? Give me a break.

  5. cincycbjfan - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    I can hear it now…

    “So kids, here’s how to party and get women… first, you get a house on the Jersey Shore…”


    “So, you get traded to a less than desirable Party-Town, here’s how you play just bad enough to get traded again… you kids listening?”

    Jeff Carter, Role Model?!?!? Give me a break…

    • joey4id - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      Yeah! What the hell does coach Sutter know about Carter and the team environment? We’d rather hear from all you fans who live in the past and don’t believe that people who have made mistakes can become better persons.

      • joey4id - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        Leave blomfeld out of this. He’s a different person and has nothing to do with this. Stop acting like a spoiled child.

  6. flyboystransport - Jun 7, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Hmmmm so locking yourself in your shore house and drinking yourself to oblivion because you were traded is being a good role model for kids………..

    • joey4id - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      Is the glass half full or half empty? Fighting yourself back to sobriety to become an outstanding player teammate, citizen and person is a great model. Stop pissing on people had a hard time for reasons we don’t know. It’s not about how many times you fall, but more about how many times you get up to fight another day. and how well you do.

      • joey4id - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:43 AM

        Childish behavior.

      • flyboystransport - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        Partying and being a coddled millionaire is a problem? Screwing Scott Hartnells wife in a drunken stupor and not apologizing is ok? Showing up to practices late because youre hung over is ok? He was supposed to be a cornerstone of the flyers and was traded because of this. He’s had a good playoffs which is cool but he is not a role model.

      • joey4id - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:39 PM

        We’re talking here about what he’s currently doing with the Kings, and for the Kings young players.

  7. Professor Fate - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Today I learned it’s Carter’s fault that the Flyers haven’t won a cup in almost four decades and that he’s a douche for not single-handedly turning around a pathetic Blue Jacket club.

    The Flyers thought he was worth an 11-year contract extension on 11/13/10, yet then traded him seven months later to Columbus (not a sign of competent management). In May of ’11 he missed the final games of the Flyers’ playoffs due to a right knee injury. The next month he was gone to Ohio.

    In October of ’11 he fractured his right foot. In January of ’12 he separated his shoulder. The BJs showed great patience by trading him the next month. He never got much, if any, injury-free playing time with Columbus and, even though he brought Jack Johnson and a conditional first-round pick to the Jackets in the trade with L.A., he is still bagged on by BJ fans.

    The Kings have had success recently because their system doesn’t require one or two guys to carry the club. Players have roles and management has acquired the right players for those roles. Fling all the bitter criticism at Carter you like, but he has succeeded with the Kings because he’s bought into the system, played his role and, yes, been an excellent role model for the younger guys who are likely smart enough to know the difference between what to copy (on-ice play) and what to avoid (early career partying).

    Carter had success in Philly, but they decided to blow things up and go in a different direction. He was injured in Columbus and never got a chance in a dysfunctional environment. He’s now in the right place at the right time. Too bad some fans of his previous clubs can’t see that Carter wasn’t the problem.

  8. eagles512 - Jun 7, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    I’m a flyers fan who liked Carter a lot here. It’s the people that listen to sports radio and the people on there that know less about sports than an average fan that follow what they say. That’s why people like Carter, McNabb, Lindros, Richards, etc never got the credit they deserved. But real fans know what they had.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 7, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      I think McNabb didn’t get credit for another reason…

  9. aldog83 - Jun 7, 2014 at 12:05 PM


    Party Guy…Coked Up…..

    Who cares.

    Do it on the ICE!

    As long as he produces.

    If he falters there is always another guy looking to take your place.

  10. luvusa1 - Jun 7, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    @Professor: No one is blaming Carter for the Flyers not winning the cup…just stating facts. Yes he had injuries in Columbus but belly ached about wanting to be traded. So let’s be objective here…Carter may have turned a corner but facts are facts.

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