The Life of Brian
Though acquired through a trade with
The 25-year-old Sutherby is a former alternate captain in
"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
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
On the chance to play for a new team,
It’s very exciting. It’s a great opportunity. I wasn’t playing much in
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
On playing again for Randy Carlyle, who was an assistant coach during Sutherby’s stint in
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.