You heard it here first…KINGS WILL WIN THE CUP NEXT YEAR!!

Thats right folks!! Ca`ll me crazy! Say “It’s waaaay to early to predict something like this! Tell me I don’t know anything about hockey! Hell, even point out the fact that I predicted a Bruins / Sharks Cup Finals last year, but be assured this one is an iron clad lock!! The Los Angeles Kings will win Lord Stanley’s Cup next year!

Now I’m sure your all thinking up new and creative ways to call me a buffoon right now, but before you unleash your tyrades hear me out…

What is the one thing that has always held the Kings back? Answer is offensive depth. After Pallfy, Deadmarsh and Allison you were left with the likes of Eric Rasmusen, Steve Heinze and…hell I can’t even name another Kings forward of the top of my head (oh yea Mikko Eloranta, how could I forget him?) Anyway they were a one line team! Well thats changing.

It started this weekend by changing for Josef Stumpel from the Boston Bruins. Stumpy a good clutch player who tallyed over 50 points last year is a great addition to a team needing depth at forward. Then the Kings had what had to be the best draft this year and aquired not one, not two but three forwards in the FIRST round!! Thats right! Three forwards in the first round!! Jeff Tambellini, Brian Boyle and Dustin Brown. All three are talented forwards and you gotta think out of three first rounders at least one will make the team.

The other part of this new L.A. offense is veteran forward Luc Robitaille. Although Lucky Luc is not a King yet, many see it as only a matter of time. Luc had his best years in Los Angeles and often seemed to miss it while he was playing the fourth line on a stacked Detroit team. A return to familiar territory plus an increasedrole gives Luc a great chance to return to thirty goal territory (Playing with guys like Ziggy Palffy can’t hurt either)

So that takes care of L.A.s biggest problem, it’s offense. Now I’m sure many of you are thinking “yea, but what about Cechmanek?” Well let me ask you this, Who over the last three years has been statistically one of the top four goalies in the league? Thats right The Unibrow wonder! Granted his playoff record sucks, but do you believe as I do that a change of scenery to laid back L.A. with it’s decreased pressure and fans that don’t despise him along with his solid lock one the number one goalie job will help him. Cechmanek has always been a head case. He never fit in here. If he can find a place in L.A. even the biggest Cechmanek haters will have to admit he could be great.

So there you have it folks! Mark it down on your calenders. Mortgage the house on it. Bet the kids college funds, hell bet the kids, because this is a stone cold lock! The Kings will win the cup next year!


46 Responses to You heard it here first…KINGS WILL WIN THE CUP NEXT YEAR!!

  1. DJMerlin says:

    So you think that just because the Kings acquired Stumpel, and drafted three first rounders that there going to win the cup? HA! As far as I see it right now, they are a 1 1/3 line team. You need a LW and a RW with Stumpel before you can even think about TWO strong lines. As for Luck Luc, let’s face it, he’s not what he used to be. Dont expect him to score his usual 30-40 goals. The Kings are going to have to dig deep into the free agent market, and than maybe you could say that there going to make the playoffs at least. FInally, the draft picks. Neither one of the three is a Gaborik or Heatley. There not going to be impact players their first year, so dont bet on them to be major players on the Kings’ scoresheet.

  2. Oilspill says:

    The injury bug can’t bite so hard twice in a row over a season, which could mean a dramatic increase in wins for LA. Allison is simply awesome when he’s not hurt. Getting a much better starter in Cechmanek helps as well, and i agree that LA is a great place for head cases (see felix potvin). I also think he’s a better suited goalie for the Western Conference. But what good is a better goalie, when your d is weak? There’s no heart on the defense core either (aside from Aaron Miller )….An interesting point about one of the kings three first round picks making the squad, but there are plenty of teams that don’t need the draft to improve now. Overall a pretty well based prediction. I’d still rather see the Oilers hoist the stanley cup in 2004. Or any canadian team aside from the leafs.

  3. Mikeobe1 says:

    If they can stay healthy, they have the potential to have a great run, that’s the big “if” though. That’s a big “if” for any team but a friend of mine ran into Eric Belanger golfing and he said that Adam Deadmarsh is more concerned with living a normal life then playing hockey right now. Stumpel was a good acquisition, but lets not forget that Smolinski is gone. That is basically an even swap in my book, I’d even lean toward Smolinski being more effective physically. We also got rid of Schneider and although the guy was crap defensively for the most part, he is pretty good (and the only threat from the point that the Kings have) on the power play. Who will step in and fill that void? Corvo? As far as the new kids stepping in, from what I’ve heard, only Dustin Brown will even be a possibility to play next year. If that happens, GREAT, but if not? Frolov is unbelievable, this kid will a be a franchise player someday, but not yet. Fill in that need for a point shot, get someone to play with Deadmarsh and Allison, and if Deadmarsh is healthy, LA will be a tough team to play against.

  4. Mikeobe1 says:

    1 2/3 line team, don’t forget Frolov.

  5. JeffBurnz09 says:

    I dont think your all the crazy at all. It’s deffinately possible that LA wins the West next year. Face it, Detroit, Dallas and Colorado havent proven their days of owning the West arn’t over yet, and with Detroit getting older, Roy leaving, and Dallas’s money problems, the door is open for someone to take the West. Why not LA? People seem to forget LA took Colorado to 7 games twice and eliminated Detroit. They had alot of key injuries this year and just never got back on track. The didn’t fall apart, they just didn’t have their best players in the line up.

    I kind of question letting Potvin go in favor of Ceckmanek. LA’s failure last year wasnt Potvins fault, and they played very solid in his two playoff runs with LA. He’s a huge reason why they became of successful as they did in recent years. Ceckmanek puts up great numbers, but in the playoffs he chokes. Potivin has played consistantly since arriving in LA. He has his bad games, but he’s played well and revived his career in LA. Going into the playoffs I’d rather have him in goal.

    The problem with Ceckmanek is that when a team is forced to play him over and over in a series, they find ways to solve him. His strange ways work for him when he’s playing a differant team every night, but then your facing him in a series you concentrate on beating him, and more times than not, teams do.

    I have a gut feeling next year the West is going to Dallas, LA or St.Louis. Yea, mark it down, I think the West will be won by one of these three teams.

  6. bender says:

    I for one, give you kudos for putting yourself on a limb.

    As we’ve seen this past season, anything can happen. But the biggest factor that will determine LA’s success will be Checko.

    Sure his stats are phenominal, but he played with one of the best regular season teams in the league the last 3 years. As well, let’s compare him to the guy who shocked the NHL this past post season….Giguere. The only thing I have to say, is that Giggy plays a superb postional game. And any goalie who stays consistent with that aspect can be a great playoff goalie. Cecko does not!!!

    They certainly could improve this line up this year and have taken great steps. I like really like there D line. COuld LEclair be headed to LA if Philly bites a chunk out of his contract and the Kings find some money laying around (pssst….check the beach). Him playing with Allison and Deadmarsh could make for a great line, if they stay healhy.

  7. jon95616 says:

    None of their first round picks will play in the NHL next year…

    Stumpel will help the second line…Robitaille might get 20 goals…

    I agree they can and should make the playoffs…but they arent going to win the cup…

    making it to the playoffs and winning one round is a better prediction.

  8. aaron says:

    Let it be known that I called the Kings in the Cup Finals yesterday.

    They need to pick up one more forward besides Robitaille and acquire a solid defenseman to round out their corp, and they’re going to be a team to contend with.

    Let’s not overlook the fact that if Robitaille played for the Flyers, he would have finished 6th on the team in scoring, despite playing only 9-11 minutes a game in Detroit, with no power play time. Put him out for 18 minutes a game, the usual numbers for a forward, and you can expect him to be putting up 70 points again. Lack of playing time really hurt his touch around the net, and of course his point totals…take a guy off the power play and slash his ice time in half, and of course his numbers are going to go down. Luc’s still got the touch, he’ll be back to his old ways in LA.

    Kings didn’t have Allison, Deadmarsh, or Potvin for most of the season last year and still managed a 10 seed (I think it was 10). Add Allison, Robitaille, Stumpel, Deadmarsh, Cechmanek, and whoever else they get to their lineup, and you’ve got a good team. Not to mention all those other stiffs got some playing time last season, so they should be better than they were.

    This is the team that in 2001 almost made it to the Cup Finals as a 7 seed (does anyone here think St. Louis would have beat them if they had won Game Seven against Colorado? didn’t think so) and almost upset the defending champs again in 2002. Bad starts marred those two seasons, before incredible finishes lifted them into the playoffs, and then last year, injuries made it impossible to get in. Now, though, they’re poised and primed to not only get in, but challenge for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

    And hey, they got Avery too, he is, of course, the missing link.

  9. MantaRay says:

    Did you mean missing link in a good way? Or is Avery evolutionarily challenged?

    Either way, I can corroborate your prediction, actually last week, that the Kings would rise to prominence in the NHL.

  10. dlo44 says:

    stumpel+cechmanek+rookie forward+washed up veteren=cup?

    not likely,

    if everyne stays healthy and lucky luc still is lucky they will make the playoffs, where their will be more questions about cechmanek, untill he chokes again,

    which will happen.

    they gotta beat alot of good teams to come out of that western conference

    defence took a blow with loss of schneider,

    need a miracle

  11. aaron says:

    *frowns* Its too early in the morning I guess…I’m not understanding the joke.

    Yes, but I publically announced I thought they could get there yesterday. I think I actually just said the Kings were going to be really good last week, not that they’d reach the Cup Finals…I wasn’t sold on that eventuality quite yet. But thank you for the support anyway.

  12. aaron says:

    Don’t forget they’re adding Allison and Deadmarsh. Neither one played pretty much at all last year.

    There is the question about whether Cechmanek will choke in the playoffs again, but I think LA can score enough to keep him afloat, and he won’t have the pressure he did in Philly.

    And if anything, their defense got better w/o Schneider, their offense took a blow.

    And the West is weaker than its been since 1995. All three of the Big Three are facing major question marks, and the rest of ’em aren’t quite there yet. There’s plenty of room for a team like LA, who has shown signs of clutchness in the playoffs before, to pull an Anaheim, and they’d have more talent to do it with.

  13. dkball7 says:

    Way to many what-ifs in this post. How can you expect to predict a stanley cup champion before they have a good offence or even a formitable defence. Who are their D-men besides Norstrom?

  14. JohnFlan22 says:

    Yo Cheech! You gotta puff-puff-GIVE!!! Stop hogging it all before you right these silly posts. even if they win the west they can’t beat the devils anyway, not while they still got Marty Brodeur.

  15. GpDogs41 says:

    First off Luc is a joke anymore, he showed that at Hockeytown last year. I agree he could maybe play better with more time and a better atmosphere but face it, arent guys supposed to play better in Detroit then anywhere else. You take Jason Wooley who was absouletely horrible for the sabres, boom hes getting overtime goals in Detroit. Also guys like Draper who the Winnepeg Jets traded to us for 1$ and im not kidding on htat either. Also Stumple is a 3rd liner tops, and Roman is a chokeartist which we’ve all seen. The point being that Detroit will still dominate next year although a shakey run this one. Cujo will be on his game, Federov will LEAVE and yes, i say leave. This will make the Wings a better team in the long run and we can pick up a guy like Vaclav Prospel and maybe Derian Hatcher because he has said he has wanted to be a Wing and he has a house here it sort of makes sense. I give to a pat on the back for a nice opinion it was fun to read but all i see LA doing is getting knocked out first round playoffs by Lidstrom scoring on Cechmanek from center ice.

  16. bruinfan37 says:

    “arent guys supposed to play better in Detroit then anywhere else”. Wow! what a terrible terrible line. I don’t think I should have to waste my time typing out why. WOW!

    Stumpel is a 3rd liner tops? A couple questions. Who did he play for last year? Wasn’t that team a high scoring team? What line did he play there? Who did he play with? He played with different people all year round, and he only got Samsonov at the end of the year. He didn’t even have great linemates throughout most of the year, and still put up decent numbers.

    I agree with you on Detroit. Cujo will play like he did in Edmonton, Fedorov will leave, allowing them to pick up a couple solid FA’s.

  17. Kashin says:

    -It’s waaaay to early to predict something like this!

    – You don’t know anything about hockey.

    – You predicted a Bruins / Sharks Cup Finals last year.

    – You are a bafoon.

    Just Kidding. but I think they don’t have a chance. They could make it to the second round if they are healthy and add a foward. I think they should try to get conroy as a second line center. I am predicting that they will have another season like the previous two if they add robataile and conroy. They need another defensemen. Aaron Miller doesnt cut it.

    Now I have a question for you. What is the one thing that has always held the Kings back? Injuries. Look at last year. Everyone was injured. Between them and the Coyotes they had 90% of their players not playing 40 games.

    I was also wandering what about Cechmanek? Can he carry himself against some western conference teams? Yes the faces have changed but I think the only goalie he can beat passed the second round is Roman Turek, who on whatever team he is on will not reach the playoffs.

    So there you have it folks! Mark it down on your calenders. Mortgage the house on it. Bet the kids college funds, hell bet the kids, because this is a stone cold lock! The Kings will not win the cup next year!

  18. Freeze says:

    I think the Kings will be the most improved team in the NHL and Dave Taylor may be the GM of the year for several good moves that he made, but it’s way too early to talk about the Kings and the Cup in the same sentence. If the Kings sign Hatcher, they could make some noise in the playoffs, but a Cup is still a huge stretch.

    There are question marks with this team. Robitaille is nearing the end of his career and only lit the lamp 11 times last year. Checko is known as a great regular season goalie, but a playoff flop. I happen to think he’s better than most think. The defense is thin overall. Counting on first round draft picks to jump in and make an immediate impact in the NHL is a bit of a stretch as well.

    Yeah, I’ll say the Kings will be a strong team, but not Cup worthy. Not yet.

  19. Malurous says:

    I was going to post a comment but it would be stupid because you already said everything just the way I think about this stuff. OK, not counting the Avery thing. MantaRay’s joke rocks, BTW.

  20. leafs2003champs says:

    Titans YES the KINGS MIGHT have the scoring to go all the way hell I think they do and they MIGHT have the Goalie to go all the way again I think they do HAVING SAID THAT THOUGH they DO NOT have the D to go all the way based on whatg you have said I could make a case for my leafs to win the cup but they probly wont they have the O and the Goalie BUT they aint got the D yet

  21. aaron says:

    If the Wings are facing LA in the first round, we’re doing worse than I can imagine.

    Robitaille didn’t play that bad. He was just getting half his usual ice time and no power play time. Put him next to Ziggy Palffy, who was 8th in scoring this year, and see how he does.

    Stumpel had like 55-60 points this year. Solid second line numbers, especially if he gets paired w/ Palffy and Robitaille.

    Hehe, I still look back at that Draper trade and laugh. A lot of players do play better in Detroit, but Robitaille never really found a niche, and anyways he historically plays better in LA. Everytime he gets traded somewhere else, his numbers slump, then he returns to LA and he plays better.

    LA will be a force to contend with next year.

  22. aaron says:

    Of course its a stretch, but its not as big a one as if you predicted Anaheim to make it to the Cup finals last offseason (hell, I can’t imagine what we’d say to someone stupid enough to predict THAT).

    Personally, right now it seems very possible. LA ain’t great, but Colorado and Dallas don’t have what it takes anymore, and I hesitate to say that even Detroit does (they’ve been susceptible to early exits of late, and LA seems to have their number…as do any SoCal team, we’ve lost in the first round to all three at least once since 1994).

    Robitaille will get 35 goals and 70 points in an LA uniform on a line w/ Palffy. Write that down.

    Cechmanek has been a playoff flop, but in his defense, the Flyers scored like 8 goals in 6 games against Ottawa…both their wins were shutouts. Its hard to pin all the blame on him, even if his play dropped a bit.

    But I still think the West will be weak enough next season for a team like LA to sneak through (see: how Florida, Washington, Buffalo, and Carolina have all reached the Cup Finals out East since 1996, and how Anaheim got there last year…)

    I don’t think they’ll win the Cup either though; I think either Ottawa, New Jersey, Philly, or possibly even Toronto could beat them, depending on who makes it. But I think they’re not a stretch to make it to the Cup Finals, unless they get crippled by injuries again, or Cechmanek chokes.

  23. aaron says:

    Calgary.

    Cechmanek could beat Osgood or Cloutier head to head. Probably whoever the Avs get too. Possibly even CuJo.

    They will upgrade their defense too, they aren’t done yet. And really, a defense doesn’t have to be spectacular, just solid. Look at Anaheim’s this year. Ozolinsh, Carney, Havelid, Sauer, I don’t even know who else, you’re telling me that was going to take a team to the Cup finals?

    I think Cechmanek will benefit from goalie pad regulation too, if its taken seriously like I hope it will be. He doesn’t really rely on his pads as much as other goalies do.

  24. defenestrate says:

    Calling you “crazy” is like saying Anna Nicole Smith is “unique”. It just doesn’t do justice to the full spectrum of behavior exhibited by either of you…

  25. Gattopardo says:

    Hehe yeah

    Or for that matter, like calling you ‘sarcastic’ or ‘sharp-tongued’ (or ‘non-hockey related’)!

    Gatt

  26. titans says:

    I prefer “creative” myself.

  27. mikster says:

    If they can stay healthy through out the season, they may make the playoffs.

    But since the scroogie owner won’t help improve the team, i doubt they’ll end up in the finals.

  28. infoengine says:

    I remember that and we talked abut the exact same thing. I’m glad there are more than to people acnoliging the kings.

  29. dlo44 says:

    if they get a good draw in the first round, they may be a second round team.

    But they are still not very deep all around, anahiem made it with a bit of luck, but they still have a very deep defence, and the top two lines are superior to that of LA. then theres goaltending.

    I wouldn’t count out any of the big 3 either, Detroit is still a power house with or without fedorov, colorado will get a bonafide first string goalie and dallas is deep enough to ride turco through a round or two no matter what happens with hatcher and company

  30. chillyv says:

    I’ll say it as simply as I can, “Stop smoking crack!”

  31. defenestrate says:

    I prefer “realist” – or, at worst, “cynic”.

    If you expect the worst from people, you’ll never be disappointed…

  32. Goldenscud says:

    put me on the record – I could definately see it happening.

  33. aaron says:

    WHAT?!?!!?

    I…WHAT?!!?!?!? Anaheim has a better top two lines than LA?

    Uh… ??? (free agent Taylor promised) Allison Deadmarsh, then Robitaille Stumpel Palffy…

    Worse than Kariya Oates Sykora, then LeClerc Rucchin Niedermayer?

    Palffy scored more than Kariya this year (and like the last 5 years, for that matter), Allison and Deadmarsh were both point per game players in the games they did play, and in the two seasons before that they were together, Robitaille will be a 70 point player in LA again, Stumpel’s like a 60 point player…

    That is the most amazingly stupid statement I have ever seen. Christ. LA’s gonna have one of the best one-two punch line combos in the league next year, if they sign Robitaille and one other free agent. And they have proven chemistry, so it won’t be like other big name free agent signings.

  34. dlo44 says:

    deadmarsh will never be point per game player smartass

    you have absolutly no clue if you think robitaille

    is 70 point player at this stage, he has not even signed a contract, idiot

    stumpel hasnt had 60 points in five years

    any team can have the one of the best one two punch if they sign 2 key free agents.

    as of today i see 1 line

    stumpel allison(if he can stay healthy somehow)

    palffy (inconsistant from the word go)

    than the ever concused deadmarsh all alone on your spectacular second line.

    rule number 1……..dont count your chickens before they hatch

  35. dlo44 says:

    WOW!!!!!!!!

    10th place!!!!!!

    thats fantastic!!!!!!!!!!

    robitaille for the art ross!!!!!!

  36. TC_4 says:

    Ok. This is why I don’t give all of you Americans the respect you deserve, because every once in a while, you’ll say things like this. Their goaltending is still weak, there defense is VERY thin, and their offense dosen’t come close to the likes of Detroit, Colorado, or Dallas. There offense is in the same class as Edmonton, except L.A is deeper down the middle, and weaker on the wings. The only thing I would give them over most teams in the West is that Andy Murray might be consistantly the best coach in the league. But they are still a poor man’s Colorado/Detroit/Dallas.

  37. DaMick says:

    Keep drinking the Koolaid Titans…

    Is it Watermelon flavor , this time?

    DaMick

  38. calflyers says:

    you’re crazy

    ’nuff sed

  39. Freeze says:

    The original post said that the Kings will WIN the Stanley Cup, not just make it to the Finals.

    Sure, there’s the Anaheim factor, but don’t expect that to happen every year. J.S. Giguere had the best playoff run I’ve ever seen for a goalie. He was truly amazing (and lucky). The only way to do what Anaheim did is on the shoulders of a scalding hot goalie. I don’t expect Checko to do what Giguere did, but I would not be surprised to see the Kings make it as far as the Conference Finals. Beyond that, I don’t know. Dallas is still tough. Anaheim will be back. Minnesota is a spoiler. Detroit could have a long run if Cujo gets hot. Vancouver is still a very talented team. Colorado can’t be counted out, even without Roy. And then you have the East to think about.

    Isn’t it amazing the the 8th seed in the West took the Devils to 7 games in the Finals? To me, that doesn’t indicate that the West is on the weak side as you maintain, it indicates that the West is very, very deep in talent.

    As for Robitaille, I’ll say 22 goals for Luc.

  40. Freeze says:

    After what Anaheim did, I guess anything is possible…..except for the Leafs or Rangers winning the Stanley Cup. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!

  41. boy1der says:

    I’m gonna go to Vegas for the Frozen Fury #7 and lay down some green on the Kings when I do. This has been my plan for a while. What no one has mentioned yet is Luc, Stump, and Ziggy were L.A.’s First line just a few years ago. They already know eachother’s style, and that’s only the SECOND line. Did everyone else forget Frolov? He was one of the best rookies out there. That is even when he was playing on the team with a forever rotating roster. Imagine how much better he would have been if he got to play with Allison and Deadmarsh?

    I say the Kings will aquire another forward somewhere in the season when a team is hurting for a goalie. We trade Storr and get a good winger, and seeing how Taylor operates, a 1st or 2nd rounder, and/or a future consideration. (I don’t know how he does it, but I ain’t complanin’) Huet was very impressive at the end of the season and will be a great backup.

    Although our D isn’t stellar, it is better than good. Miller and Matti (when he puts his mind to it) can keep the net clear. Modry is a very quiet scorer. He puts up good numbers but only if you are a Kings fan would you notice. That kind of makes him a secret weapon. Corvo was also impressive and if Lubo would just pull the trigger more often…

    If all that doesn’t work, then we’ll just send Lappy, his younger mini-me Avery, and Belanger to pester the first line (and score some unexpected goals, even without Mikko). If that STILL doesn’t work Flynn, Brennan, Norton, or Maxim Kuznetsov (cuts-nutz-off) will beat your team up and steal the cup…BWAHAHAHA!!!!

  42. infoengine says:

    good point about the second line thing but Ziggy played first with Allison and Deadmaesh and ideas who might take the spot from ziggy

  43. NYRrule says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….OH MY GOD….YOU KILL ME MAN!!!

  44. leafs2003champs says:

    go to ha.tk and go to your forum

  45. boy1der says:

    Well, Taylor and co. have said that they were going to go after a solid winger in the off season. I don’t think that Stumple is that person. Therefore there is someone else. The name getting batted around in L.A. the most is Anson Carter. At the Draft day party L.A. many people in the room were chanting “CARTER! CARTER!” It’s a big enough rumor that actually seems feasable. He is not a very expensive player I don’t think.

    2 more rumors (with less merit because of salary) were John LeClair and Guerin. The Kings were one of 4 teams that LeClair waived his NO TRADE clause for. I’m still not sure why Guerin’s name pops up but I’d love to have him here.

    If none of these come true Frolov would be the guy. He scored well as a rookie even with all of the different linemates he had to deal with. That, to me, signifies a strong player. Imagine if he was teamed with Allison and Deader? All three have that similar gritty playing style so it would be a great fit. If that would be the “worst” case, then I am very happy.

  46. flyersdude123 says:

    I also thought for awhile, the Kings have a great chance to win the cup. Especially when Dallas and Colorado is going to unload on their overpriced veterens. Kings have a great offense, great goalie (quit trashing Cechmanek people, he got past belfour, why aren’t you trashing belfour? if Broduer loses in the 2nd round does he suck too? NO). Cechmanek will play well for the Kings. But the Kings defense is horrible. Until they fix that the only thing they’ll win is a coffee cup. I definetly see the Kings making it to the playoffs this year, but it’ll depend which teams they’ll need to play to see if they win the Cup.

    What I hate is people who predict crap like this and if they’re right they’re gonna be all proud of themselves and show-off making everyone look stupid. But you also need to expect criticism if your wrong too, and most people can’t do that.

    The Kings won’t win the Cup, they have a long way to go. They picked up some great youngsters at the draft that will help the team in 3-4 years. And in 3-4 years I expect them to be contenders if they keep the core of the team together. The Kings will probably make the playoffs and lose first round b/c of the lack of quality defensemen.

    FLYERS WILL WIN THE CUP!!!! (you heard it here first)

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