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“I’m excited to see a new conference,” Gagne said. “Sure, you come into the West once in a while, but you play one game against a team. You don’t have the same feeling you do when you’re in the conference. I believe teams are a little bit better in the West, but if you look at the Stanley Cup finals, who knows? I’m excited to play a full season and see it.”

Gagne said moving after a decade in Philadelphia was difficult last year, but his family is better prepared to head to the West Coast this time. Gagne and his wife, Karine, spent much of the day looking at houses for their 2-year-old son and 5-month-old daughter.

“We like the area a lot,” Gagne said. “We’re really excited about it. I never had much time to take it in when we came to L.A. before. I understand why (former Kings forward) Ian Laperriere and other guys like it here so much.”