One of the downsides to this generation of social media and extreme immediacy is that more and more, it seems we are losing the ability to soak up the moment, the here and now. Instead, we must always be thinking about what the moment means for the future.
It’s no different in sports, where instead of being able to bask in the Kings’ Cup celebration for a while, a lot of us are already looking forward to what the future hold for Los Angeles’ finally triumphant hockey team.
Was their Cup clinching victory the end of a historic and truly memorable Playoff run, or was it merely the beginning of an era of Kings’ contention?
While I’ve learned that there is no such thing as a guaranteed champion and surely no such thing as a guaranteed dynasty (if there is even a such thing as dynasties anymore), I also understand that holding the recent post-Cup failures of teams like Chicago and Boston against the Kings is a waste of time.
I’m not going to say this is the first of many Kings Cups. Heck, I won’t even say it’s the first of two. But looking at the way this team is built, it’s hard to see them not contending over the next few years.
Consider that they have 20 players from their championship team under contract for next season (11 forwards, seven defenceman, two goalies). The average age of those 20 guys is still just 26.55 and L.A. should still have some decent cap space, assuming the new Collective Bargaining Agreement doesn’t cut a major hole in that cap.
Outside of Jonathan Quick (who is obviously an integral piece of the puzzle), a big part of the Kings’ core, including Kopitar, Richards, Carter, Doughty and Brown, is locked in for at least two more seasons.
Nothing in life is guaranteed, especially in sports, but right now it seems that the only factors that could interfere with the Kings’ perennial contention are injuries and/or a lockout.
Now here are some morning links:
- In a flash, the Kings turned their weakness into strength, and a Stanley Cup (Sporting News).
- Steve Bernier took the Devils’ Game 6 loss hard (Sun Media). The guy will probably second guess his first period decision for the rest of his life.
- Your night in Steve Bernier Wikipedia vandalism (Puck Daddy). Ouch. Just a little rough.
- No surprise that Quick is Playoffs MVP (USA Today). Since the stat has been officially recorded, no goalie has started 10 games or more and finished with a save percentage better than Quick’s .946 in one post-season. His 1.41 goals against average is third best all-time in one post-season, minimum 10 games played.
- Martin Brodeur will ‘hopefully continue’ despite loss to Kings (The Associated Press).
- Victory vindication for Dean Lombardi, Jeff Carter and Mike Richards (ESPN).
- The L.A. celebration was mostly peaceful, with four arrested outside Staples Center (abc7.com).
- Canucks farm team coaching post intrigues Scott Arniel after Craig MacTavish’s exit (Vancouver Sun).
- MacTavish back with Oilers in management position (theScore.com).
- What should the Canadiens do with the No. 3 pick? (Montreal Gazette).