What are the chances we see these guys doing this again within the next few years?

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:

Comments (4)

  1. As a Philly suburbite (BUT a Devils fan), it was great to see Ron Hextall finally a part of a Stanley Cup winning team. If any one of the ex-Phlyers deserved a taste of that victory it was (always a Phlyer) Hextall. Richards, while not a popular player in Philly (more due to his lousy execution as the Phlyers captain) was (almost) always a great player for Philly. You would never question his effort on the ice. As far as great players is concerned, Simon Gagne, a supreme example of a class act (an extended standing O given to him when the Kings were in Philly during the regular season was proof of how the Phans still felt about him), is most certainly deserving of a Stanley Cup ring.
    But Jeff Carter? Don’t be surprised if some zealous Phlyers (or Columbus) phan sneaks into the Hockey Hall fo Fame some night later this year and scratches out his name on the trophy. Neither city is too happy about the names Carter and Stanley being grouped together.

  2. The same was said at the end of 2004 about the Flames and then DSutter moved to GM.
    whatever you do Kings, do not let him GM.

    -angry flames fan

  3. The fact that the top five are locked up for a while (and even Gagne’s under contract for next season… not that I want him back on the first line) is the most positive development.

    But, ye gods, Quick’s going to be due a payday and if the cap stays where it is, or, god forbid, goes down, this could still be a Chicago situation. Less so since there’s a bunch of potential replacements still in the system (Forbort is going to be really good, Toffoli is the mother of all developmental wild cards), but there are a few minor warning signs.

  4. They have about 16 million under the cap. Quick will get somewhere between 6-8 million. The key is going to be knowing when to let a veteran go (like Stoll) and fill his spot with a kid. I think they’ll be able to avoid a Chicago situation fairly easily. They look more Boston-esque to me.

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