Official Rumor Thread--Kings Rumor Mill IX
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12-23-2010, 05:14 PM
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Kesler would not be a #1 center ahead of Kopitar. Kesler gets to face weaker opponents because he has Sedin on his team. Fans are too quick to label their #2 centers as #1's because they fail to realize that their #1 center gets the top defensive units. Kopitar has to deal with other teams best, which is why scoring depth is so important in a cap world.
This is why the Kings needs to hang on to Doughty and Johnson for as long as possible, hopefully Dought and Johnson take modest discounts to stay with the Kings long term. Having multiple #1s in your lineup can be very expensive, at any position.
Malkin is probably the only #1 center in the NHL that plays as a #2 center.
Agree with the premise but not the evidence....I think some players in Phi/Bos would disagree with you....as well as some others but I haven't done the proper leg work.
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