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09-22-2006, 10:30 PM
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Ziggy Stardust
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Are we talking about who is better on paper? Take a look at the defense of Carolina last season or Tampa Bay the season before. I think with the depth the Kings have one through six, they could be in the top ten in the league, but the question is always if they remain to be healthy.

Calgary without a doubt has the best grouping with the Ducks being in the top 3. And seeing how Pronger and Niedermayer won't be put on the same D pairing, that will help the Ducks depth, especially when both of 'em can log 25-30+ mins each night.

I personally like what the Kings have with a top three of Blake, Visnovsky and Norstrom and a bottom three of Gleason, Miller and Sopel. With the contracts of Miller and Sopel expiring next summer, the Kings will have to either look to Dallman and/or Weaver or Petiot and also maybe look to make another upgrade with the addition of a physical stay-at-home defender.

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