Though acquired through a trade with Washington just a week ago, new Ducks forward Brian Sutherby had already made his presence felt in Anaheim. The 6-3, 215-pound Sutherby has played in all three games since the trade, and in Sunday’s 3-2 win over the Kings, he skated with Ducks youngsters Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry to add a physical presence around the net for that line.
The 25-year-old Sutherby is a former alternate captain in Washington, where he scored 14 goals and 30 points in 76 games during the 2005-06 season. Injuries limited him to just 69 games last season, and he had only gotten into five this year before the Capitals sent him to Anaheim.
"He’s a big kid who can skate and he plays an aggressive style," says Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle. "This is an opportunity for a player to play to a higher level and give us what he’s got. I don’t think you’ll see Brian Sutherby as a pure offensive player, but he’s a player who will get into the dirty areas, go to the front of the net, defend his teammates and be physical. "
Sutherby, chosen 26th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, will return to his birthplace of Edmonton when the Ducks play the Oilers on Friday night.
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On his reaction to the trade,
I felt great about it. I really didn’t have any idea where I was going. I just knew that something was eventually going to happen. It just turned out I went from one coast to the next. But I was happy to hear I was coming to a veteran team and a team that is well-coached. I was ecstatic. I’m coming to a veteran club and a team that knows how to win. That makes for a lot easier transition. The guys have been great to me.
On becoming acclimated to his new team,
It’s been fun. It’s a little nerve-racking because I’ve never been traded before. It’s kind of the same feelings as when you’re breaking into the league. That first game in Dallas almost felt like my first NHL game all over again. At the same time, I’m a little older and a little more experienced, so I feel pretty good. Randy is kind of easing me in slowly. There is a lot to learn and a lot to take in. But so far I’ve felt okay.
On the chance to play for a new team,
It’s very exciting. It’s a great opportunity. I wasn’t playing much in Washington, so to come here and be able to step in and get that chance is a great feeling.
On playing on a line with Getzlaf and Perry,
It’s certainly a great opportunity. On that line my job is to work hard, bang bodies, get pucks and be a big presence in front of the net when those guys have the puck. They are obviously great offensive players and you want the puck in their hands.
On living on the West Coast for the first time,
I haven’t really thought about it too much yet. It’s obviously different out here and the weather is different. I’ve been to California a few times in the past, and it’s a great area. I’m just staying in the hotel right now, and there isn’t a lot to do around there. But maybe that’s a good thing [laughs]. I’m still just trying to get things sorted out and get all my stuff out here. We’ll start with that and go from there.
On playing again for Randy Carlyle, who was an assistant coach during Sutherby’s stint in Washington,
Obviously, there is a big difference between being a head coach and an assistant coach. But from a coaching aspect, Randy has a ton of great things to offer and it’s a well-structured team. It’s a lot to learn and study and take in. One day at a time, I’ll figure it all out.