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07-16-2013, 12:25 AM
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Ziggy Stardust
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Kings' defensemen by games played (and age).

Robyn Regehr (33): 943 games
Willie Mitchell (36): 719 games
Matt Greene (30): 466 games
Jeff Schultz (27): 399 games
Drew Doughty (23): 364 games
Keaton Ellerby (24): 160 games
Alec Martinez (25): 142 games
Slava Voynov (23): 102 games
Jake Muzzin (24): 56 games

While Sutter did seem to have a preference of giving minutes to more experienced defensemen, he did seem to favor the inexperienced Muzzin over Martinez and Ellerby. Now that Martinez is under contract, the Kings are in no rush to trade him.

The Kings may decide to keep Martinez around until camp to determine what to do with him. If he outperforms Muzzin and earns a spot as the LH dman on the 3rd pair, then Muzzin is pushed down to the #7 slot or is moved, which would force the Kings to waive both Ellerby and Schultz, or keep 8 defensemen on the roster and waive just one of the spares.

With Mitchell and Greene not really being guaranteed to play in all 82-games, it is very likely that the Kings could just keep 8 defensemen on the roster. It's something Sutter openly talked about after seeing two of his top defensive dmen go down to injuries.

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