WINNIPEG, Canada --
Big transitions, in life and work, aren't always seamless.
And so, Carter fully sympathized with new teammate, winger
For Gaborik, there were moments of tentativeness and other spells of chemistry with new linemates
"It's not easy, obviously," Carter said. "There's a lot that you have to learn in a short period of time.
"He had a lot thrown at him with systems and new linemates and new teammates and what-not. It's going to take a few games for him to feel comfortable. But again, he's a skilled guy, such a top-tier player. Expect it won't take too long for him to fit in."
At least Carter didn't walk into a dressing room full of strangers when he joined the Kings from the
"This is an easy room to come into," Carter said.
Gaborik played with Kings defenseman
His new linemate, Kopitar, is not a countryman, by the way. Gaborik is from Slovakia. Kopitar, who is from Slovenia, joked at the Olympics that people might finally be able to tell the difference between the countries after Slovenia did so well in hockey at the Sochi Games, reaching the quarterfinals.
"Exactly. They mix it up a lot," said Gaborik, looking amused.
A lot has been made about how well Gaborik will coexist with the defensive-minded philosophy of Kings Coach
Sutter scoffed at the notion that there would be an issue. He praised Gaborik as "a hockey IQ guy."
"Those guys should really check and just see he's only been a minus-player once," Sutter said. "He's averaged 37-some goals in his career. Some of those guys have played pretty good for me.
"He's well-schooled. The athlete in today's game, it's about who has the puck, it's not about his defending. We're the top two or three in league in terms of having the puck, so he should fit in good with us."
Said Kings General Manager
"That's what Chicago has done. Chicago can [struggle] and then [
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