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The LA Kings: A Dynasty

Posted 11:49 PM ET | Comments 15
Which is the greatest dynasty team in the history of the NHL? Is it the Edmonton Oilers of the late 80's? The Canadiens of, well, pick a decade other than the one we're in, or was it the Islanders of the early 80's? Another team perhaps?

I guess my point is that in the history of the NHL, there have been teams which have succeed for prolonged periods of time. And I'm not just talking about over a season or two, but teams which have competed and been considered favorites to win the cup for several years in a row. When the playoffs from hell (shot blocking, low scoring, relatively dull. C'mon!) ends, and next season begins, the Los Angeles Kings are the next dynasty team in the NHL. Of course this will be misconstrued, but I hope it is not, because what I mean to say is this: the LA Kings have all the parts, the experience, the leadership, the goaltending, and the cap space to excel in the National Hockey League for a very long time.

Let's start with the King's best weapon (and ironically it is more like a shield than a weapon): Jonathan Quick. The 26 year old American is just coming into his prime as a goalie, and what a prime it looks to be. Through the course of the year he provided the team with Hart trophy level tending, and given his personality and mentality, that doesn't look to be something that will change. He is signed through next season, after which he will be due for a pay jump, which he is deserving of. He is a good guy in the room, and even if he does falter, the other John (Bernier) is waiting in the wings.

If these playoffs have proven anything other than that the shortest length of time known to man is not a planck but a Tortorello press conference, it is that Dustin Brown is one of the best leaders in the NHL in terms of giving everything for his team and showing that at the best of times. Step back. Trade deadline day. Pundits are calling for his head in exchange for the missing scoring. Mike Richards they say is ready to assume the captaincy he was brought in to fulfill. Back to the present. Other than Quick and possibly Smith, Brown is the best player in the playoffs. Period. He sacrifices himself for his team, he wears his heart on his sleeve, and let’s not forget the power of the incumbent. He is the captain of this team. Richards and Carter are the experience and support, Doughty too has won on the sports biggest stage, and all together they provide a leadership group which is firm for years to come.

Next year, the Kings have every major player (Doughty, Richards, Brown, Quick, Kopitar) signed, many of them to (extra) long term deals. In fact, the total cap hit of the team will go down as Dustin Penner’s contract will come off the books. I bring this up because, in this league, the cap is the only reason dynasties don’t happen. Except for the Kings. Dean Lombardi has done an excellent job of preparing his team, and it’s cap, for the future, which will leave the core intact, allowing the Kings to dominate this league for years to come.

Now I don’t believe you can ever compare Gretzky to Brown, Richard to Carter, or Dryden to Quick, but those players career’s haven’t reached their peak yet let alone their end, but when they do end, they will have some commonalities, namely all of them will have played on teams which utterly outclassed the world, at least for a little while.
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May 21, 2012 3:03 PM ET | Delete
the only thing I can say to this:..please sir..get off the crack
May 21, 2012 3:08 PM ET | Delete
of course leave it to a Canucks fan to refute a statement about a team that embarrassed them. the Kings might not turn into a dynasty, but I'll tell you this, top to bottom, they are in a better position then the Canucks are....
May 21, 2012 3:48 PM ET | Delete
embarrassed..haha..what a joke..la got by with fluke goals and bias reffin....and there position is far worse then the Canucks...quick is gonna want 9 mill when his contract runs out next summer...thier handcuffed by carter
May 21, 2012 4:14 PM ET | Delete
Well they do have some great talent but like Chicago found out and probably teams like the Rangers and Kings are going to find out, it will be hard to keep them all. Just look what happened to Chicago, a team I thought would win multiple cups if they were able to keep all their players together
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May 21, 2012 4:18 PM ET | Delete
internet explorer stikes again!!! sry about that
May 21, 2012 6:15 PM ET | Delete
Bit premature; you haven't won anything yet.Perhaps a better title: LA Kings: A dynasty in the making?
May 21, 2012 6:22 PM ET | Delete
I agree with pmg2008. The pieces are there, but until you win it all a dynasty they are not. Vancouver has dominated the regular season the past several years and I don't consider them a dynasty. Why? Because they have yet to win a cup. LA has scary potential to own this league, but until it happens...And I was REALLY hoping the Canucks would go after Brown on trade deadline day...he was our biggest killer.
May 21, 2012 6:34 PM ET | Delete
This has teenage boy (premature) written all over it. I'm routing for them this year, but come on, the parity in the league is so close the LA Kings barely made the POs! They might not even make the POs next year for crying out loud! Dynasty? We'll see.....
May 21, 2012 9:07 PM ET | Delete
Holy man you aren't a dynasty till you win a few cups at least. I am rooting for LA to win but come on DYNASTY you sound like a Canucks fan hence the nick name for the the Canucks "the Dys".
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