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Western Conference teams prepare to beat the Kings with new players
Western Conference teams prepare to beat the Kings with new players

Many of the major off-season moves made by Western Conference teams were motivated by one factor — to match up better against the Stanley Cup champions and beat the big, deep Kings at their own game. With that in mind, a number of quality centers landed in new cities. The Ducks acquired two-way standout Ryan Kesler, the St. Louis Blues signed blueblood Paul Stastny, Finnish veteran Jori Lehtera and Swedish scorer Joakim Lindstrom, the Chicago Blackhawks signed playmaker Brad Richards, and the Dallas Stars acquired Jason Spezza from Ottawa to create an impressive one-two punch with Tyler Seguin. The Minnesota Wild, focusing on scoring and its Central Division rivalry with Chicago,...

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