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What Should the LA Kings Do This Offseason

One of the most memorable postseason runs in recent history gave the Los Angeles Kings their second Stanley Cup championship in three seasons. After playing three consecutive seven-game series to reach the NHL finals, the Kings dispatched the New York Rangers in five games for the title. General Manager Dean Lombardi has built an impressive core of talent, one that should contend for the next several years. In the era of the NHL salary cap the Kings will still have some roster decisions to make in the offseason. Their overall depth and stable of young players should offset any major veteran losses.

Here’s a look at what the Kings need to do in the offseason to continue their potential dynasty:
Bring Back Gaborik: The Kings Trade deadline acquisition of Marian Gaborik from the Columbus Blue Jackets turned out to be a masterstroke, especially in the first and second rounds of the playoffs. The dynamic forward scored several big postseason goals, forming a winning combination with Anze Kopitar. Gaborik led the NHL in postseason goals with fourteen, winning his first Stanley Cup in the process. He’ll be a coveted free agent but all signs indicate that the Kings have the interest and ability to re-sign the Slovakian forward. This postseason the Kings became a much more dynamic offensive team, and Gaborik’s presence was a big factor in that evolution.

Sign either Willie Mitchell or Matt Greene: Lombardi has done a fantastic job locking up the core of the roster in long-term deals. Drew Doughty and Alec Martinez, the team’s top defensive combo, are signed through next season. Two veteran blue-liners, Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene are unrestricted free agents. Both have battled injuries the past couple of seasons, but are key contributors when healthy, as well as a veteran presence. Mitchell in particular played a massive role this postseason. The Kings don’t need to re-sign both veterans but should look to bring one of them back for the veteran presence and overall depth of the defense.

Continue the youth movement: In the new NHL salary cap era it’s incredible how adeptly Dean Lombardi has built the roster and managed the salary cap. Core players Dustin Brown, Jonathan Quick, Drew Doughty, Jeff Carter, Slava Voynov and Mike Richards are all signed for the next five seasons while Anze Kopitar, Alec Martinez and Jarett Stoll are all signed through at least next season. The long-term deals have given the Kings stability while their young players have developed. This past postseason the Kings received massive contributions from the exciting young talent of Tyler Toffoli, Tanner Pearson and Kyle Clifford. All three played big roles and should play even bigger roles next season. The offensive spark provided by the three, along with Gaborik, played a role in the Kings offensive evolution from a defensive and puck possession team to the highest scoring team in the past postseason.

Along with the Chicago Blackhawks the Kings will be the favorites to represent the Western Conference in the NHL finals next season. They are a potential dynasty, a franchise built for the long haul. The key now is health and the continued evolution of the young talent the organization has built. In the last twenty seasons dynasties in the NHL have been few and far between. In an era of competitive balance created by the salary cap the Kings have a real opportunity to win consecutive titles.

Stanley Cup game 5

GAME 5 KINGS VS RANGERS STANLEY CUP

Kings Vs Rangers Stanley Cup

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LA Kings Jonathan Quick

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LA Kings 2014 Stanley Cup Champions

LA Kings Stanley Cup Champions

KINGS WIN

Two years after winning their first Stanley Cup in forty-five years as a franchise, the Los Angeles Kings won their second title in three seasons, defeating the New York Rangers in double overtime, 3-2. Alec Martinez, who scored the winning overtime goal in game seven of the Western Conference Finals, beat Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to give the Kings another title. Martinez’s goal, at 14:43 of the second overtime, came off of a rebound of a Tyler Toffoli shot. Toffoli’s shot was blocked by the Rangers goaltender, but the veteran Lundqvist gave up an easy rebound and Martinez slotted it into the empty net, setting of a raucous celebration at STAPLES Center.

Like they had so many times in the series the Kings fought back from a deficit to win the game in overtime, their third overtime victory of the series. Justin Williams opened the Kings scoring in the first period, but the Rangers fought back in the second period with a pair of goals, from Chris Kreider and Brian Boyle, to take the lead into the third period. With twelve minutes left in regulation Marian Gaborik notched his fourteenth goal of the playoffs to tie the game at two and set up the eventual overtime period. Gaborik’s goal, on a power play, was assisted by Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty.

Stanley Cup LA Kings

STANLEY CUP

The victory over the Rangers was the Kings twenty-sixth playoff game, an NHL record for most games played in single playoffs. Prior to dispatching the Rangers in five games the Kings went to seven games in their previous three series, versus San Jose, Anaheim and Chicago. The Kings have played sixty-four playoff games in the past three seasons, another NHL record. The third overtime victory, which followed an overtime win in game seven of the Western Conference Finals, proved once again that the Kings mettle in deciding games. Unlike the previous three the finals didn’t go seven games, but the Kings and Jonathan Quick stood tall again.

Quick, who went through some stretches of poor play in this year’s playoffs, was superb once again with the game on the line. Quick made 28 saves including several clutch stops in the third period and overtime. The Kings star goalie may have had some rough moments earlier in the finals, but he was perfect in all three overtimes, including a shutout in game three.

2014 LA Kings Stanley Cup

LA KINGS

The Kings title was a complete team effort, with the Conn Smythe Award as playoff MVP going to Kings forward Justin Williams who scored several clutch goals in the postseason, including the opener in game five, his ninth of the postseason. Williams finished with 7 points and 5 goals in the finals, and 26 total points in the playoffs. Williams joins Jonathan Quick has a Los Angeles Kings Conn Smythe Award winner. Williams narrowly edged out defenseman Drew Doughty, who played forty-one minutes in the final game. Doughty and center Jeff Carter joined a small group of players who won both an Olympic Gold Medal and Stanley Cup championship in the same season.

Stanley Cup game 5

GAME 5 KINGS VS RANGERS STANLEY CUP

Kings Vs Rangers Stanley Cup

FACE OFF LA KINGS VS RANGERS

LA Kings Jonathan Quick

QUICK PASSING THE RANGERS TEAM

Chris M.

Recap Kings Vs Wild February 28 2012

KINGS Vs WILD Backup Jonathan Bernier turned aside 26 shots for his first shutout of the season to lift visiting Los Angeles over Minnesota.

Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist apiece to help the Kings climb into a tie with Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference.

Dwight King and Alec Martinez also tallied and Dustin Brown and Matt Greene contributed two assists apiece as Los Angeles won for only the second time in seven games.

Bernier had 10 saves in each of the first two periods en route to his fifth career shutout and second against Minnesota.

Williams triggered a three-goal first period when a shot by Slava Voynov deflected off his body and past Niklas Backstrom only 44 seconds into the game.

King doubled the lead by redirecting a centering pass from Kopitar nine minutes later, and Kopitar ended a nine-game goalless drought by tapping a shot into an open net with 1:22 left in the period.

Martinez supplied the only goal of the second period to give Los Angeles a commanding 4-0 lead.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Kings, who entered with a league-low 130 goals, had been limited to one goal or fewer in eight of the previous 12 games. The four-goal outburst allowed them to surpass the Wild, who came in with 133 goals. … Bernier won for the first time since Jan. 9. It was only his second start since that victory. He also blanked the Wild in Minnesota on Feb. 1, 2011.

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