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The LA Kings Want The ‘Old’ Christian Ehrhoff

from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,

"I wouldn't really go there, say I'm replacing Slava," Ehrhoff said. "Slava played really great for this club. I'm not the one who is going to compare myself to him. I'm here to bring my game. What they were talking about is bring back the game I played in Vancouver."

That's what came through when he first spoke with Sutter. In Sutter's mind, they weren't getting the Pittsburgh Ehrhoff or the Buffalo Ehrhoff. They could well be getting the Vancouver Ehrhoff.

That was the slick, puck-moving defenseman who flourished in Vancouver under the system of then-coach Alain Vigneault. Ehrhoff was paired with Alex Edler and got significant power-play time when the Canucks reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2011.

"When I see Christian, that's how I see him, as a Canuck," Sutter said. "I see him and Edler.

"I just believe there is no reason he shouldn't get back to that. It's not like he's miled out. He's not that far removed from it, and from a team standpoint — a selfish standpoint — we need him to be that. From his standpoint, he's a proud guy and I think he wants to recapture his game."

The Kings don't need him to be Voynov. No one else could quite make that substantial leap forward last season. After the top pair of Drew Doughty and Jake Muzzin, the rest of the Kings' defensive corps always felt slightly amiss, the remaining members thrust into bigger, unmanageable roles.


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