Six reasons why the Los Angeles Kings are Cup contenders once again
We're two years removed from Jonathan Quick raising the Conn Smythe trophy at centre ice of the Staples Centre in front of a raucous Hollywood-sprinkled crowd. The 2011-12 version of the squad was young, skilled, talented and confident. Contrast that with the 2013-14 version, whom are young, skilled, talented and….confident. In other words, the ingredients are still there to threaten for glory once again this season and for the foreseeable future. Not much has changed in La-La Land since the franchise's championship run.
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The long awaited trade of Jonathan Bernier this past off-season, in return for young speedster, Matt Frattin and backup Ben Scrivens, were the only notable additions to the roster. In fact, they got a little younger after the departures of veterans Simon Gagne and Rob Scuderi; the latter, a rather unfortunate loss. Although, the return of Willie Mitchell will be a huge boon defensively after having not laced up the skates since his victory lap with the Cup that spring night in 2013.
There are a number of reasons why Los Angeles is the lead contender in the Western Conference to challenge the defending champ, Blackhawks for their crown back.
1) Due to Dean Lombardi's shrewd cap management, Los Angeles