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07-10-2011, 11:02 PM
Ziggy Stardust
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Originally Posted by Johnny Utah View Post
Matt Barry pointed out what I said earlier, Kings lost toughness in the top 9 with Simmonds....I don't know if Clune gets a shot on the 4th line or the Kings add another UFA gritty 3rd/4th line forward. Can't put it all on Clifford especially if Westgarth isn't dressing.
I don't think they lost too much toughness with the departure of Simmonds, he didn't seem to be as assertive last season, I'm guessing due to the emergence of Clifford.

The Kings do have some prospects in the system who can be considered gritty checkers, but I do agree that adding one more physical veteran could help the Kings. Problem is that those vets available in free agency are aging. The top three candidates would likely be Chris Clark, Mike Grier and Jarkko Ruutu.

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