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Doughty: ‘I believe we’re on our way to’ becoming a dynasty

Jun 15, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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The word dynasty is sacred. Attempts to call one team or another a dynasty or even in the makings of one can draw a backlash. It should be reserved for that rare breed of team that are at or near the top of the league for years. Something that hasn’t happened in the salary cap era.

NHL.com acknowledges a total of eight dynasties, with the last being the Edmonton Oilers of the 80s and early 90s.

When the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2013, there was talk that they might be able to establish themselves as the first modern dynasty. Now the Los Angeles Kings look like an even better contender for that honor, and not just because they won the Stanley Cup twice in three years instead of four.

While Chicago won the Cup twice with largely the same core, cap issued forced them to significantly change the supporting cast between the championships. The 2014 Kings weren’t identical to the 2012 champions, but didn’t have to endure the same dramatic shift that Chicago did. Los Angeles also went to the Western Conference Final in its “off” year while Chicago endured back-to-back first round exits.

In fact, the Kings set an NHL record by playing in 64 playoff games over three years.

“I don’t know if we’re there yet,” Kings defenceman Drew Doughty said of the possibly of the Kings becoming a dynasty, per the Toronto Star, “but I believe we’re on our way to that. I believe this group could be at that point, but it’s going to take a lot of work.”

Doughty is just 24 and has already played in 76 postseason contests. With many of the Kings other key players still relatively young, he could end up getting a lot more postseason experience before he hangs up his skates.

  1. McFaddensPulledHammy - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    He could be right but they are now the hunted. They have the target on their backs so teams will have a little extra juice when they play them.

    There is a reason why there hasn’t been a back to back cup winner since 97 – 98. I believe it was Doughty who said the Kings felt like Chicago took their title away last year. Well next year, San Jose, Anaheim, St. Louis, and Chicago will all have a little extra motivation for the way their seasons ended.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 15, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      Indeed, win it two years in a row and we can schedule a meeting to talk about when we can seriously discuss dynasties, which will follow your winning three in a row, or perhaps 4 in 5 years. Cup champions nowadays tend to have a shorter summer to recuperate and prepare for the next season. We’ll see if they can focus on celebrations and preparations at the same time. It can be done. It just isn’t done very often.

  2. elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Everybody is happy for you but stop smelling yourselves the reason yous are a great team is because yous are humble !

    • patthehockeyfan - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      Elmer – the proper plural of you is youse; not yous.

      KIDDING!! ;)

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:31 AM

        I actually have a doctorate in English but enjoy coming back down to the common fokes level ! Its calming .

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        English literature ,,,sorry !

      • rsl22 - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        It’s, not its. Was your doctorate from U of Phoenix?

      • elmerbrownelmerbrown - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        Actually Leeds in the UK ,I,am on a hockey site with the common folk no need to boast of my accomplishments like like Mr Doughty !

  3. edgewaterjoe - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    … And just now, Joel Quenville has posted that stupid comment on the lockers of Toews, Kane, Keith, Shaw, and company. The Kings are good, but I can think of at least half a dozen insanely lucky bounces of the puck during this run that ALL went their way. Every bloody one. Now they just provided bulletin board material to the team that can trump them and will only be getting better themselves.

    If the Blackhawks/Kings rivalry wasn’t on before, it sure as Heck is now.

    • patthehockeyfan - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      Many have written that the Chicago – Los Angeles WCF was the virtual Stanley Cup Final this year. It was one of the most exciting playoffs in recent memory. If that means that it establishes a Blackhawks/Kings’ rivalry, the hockey world is all the better for it.

      GKG!!!

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:57 AM

        Looking back, that Stanley Cup final was about as anti-climactic as, well, a Stanley Cup Final can be.

    • 67nova - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      The headline on this story is just a tad misleading. The full quote in the article seems less innocuous. Doughty never said the Kings are a dynasty or that no one else was headed towards being a dynasty, just that he felt the Kings were headed in that direction.

      If the Blackhawks need this quote to get motivated, then they’re not going to be the next dynasty.

    • sixchr - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      News flash, when you win a championship in any sport, the luck tends to go your way. You can’t win without a little luck and to get the luck you have to earn it. The Blackhawks got the bounces last year, the Kings got the bounces this year. That’s how it works.

  4. dontbsuchapuss - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Seriously doughty looks like Crosby the way he whines and complains to the officials. Quick acts like he’s a tough guy then hides behind his defense especially after he throws his cheap shots. Then you have the cheap shot king brown who should be on suspension for his knee on knee hits.

    • patthehockeyfan - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      #1 – dontbesuchapuss

      #2 – I’ve watched Doughty complain. He’s not a whiner. In all instances, he was correct about the call or non-call. He did get overly excited once. He’s passionate, and I love it.

      #3 – Quick NEVER hides behind his defense. NEVER. Period.

      #4 – Brown’s knee on knee against Hertl happened in December. How much longer will you (and others) mention it? I think I already know the answer: For the rest of your lives. Brown did receive a major penalty and game misconduct for the hit. Without a history, he didn’t get suspended.

      #5 – It bears repeating: dontbesuchapuss

      I’ve never read a positive comment from you. Such negativity, and such a complainer! Sheesh!

  5. blomfeld - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    YES AND NO …

    Notwithstanding our ‘glorious’ accomplishments over the last three years, it’s doubtful that we Kings will be referred to as a ‘dynasty’ any time soon. Even if we were to win it all again next year which is quite possible, the bottom line remains that the majority of fans, media and money are based back east and/or in Canada. And until that changes, you won’t find the ‘D’ word traveling any farther west than Chicago or Colorado. In fact, I’d actually wager a bet that this particular SC championship of ours will be completely forgotten by most the very ‘second’ they drop the puck on the 2014-15 season ! And the same goes for our other excellent WC brothers like the Sharks, Ducks and Coyotes, all of whom are worthy cup contenders like us LA Kings. Anyway, we ‘true’ Kings fans couldn’t care less about titles and such. All we care about is our team and winning the ‘real’ deal, nothing more and nothing less.

    note: various examples of hollow, media-fueled ‘east coast’ titles:

    1) SID THE KID

    2) KING HENRIK

    3) ALEXANDER THE GREAT

    4) PRICE IS NICE

    5) TWINKLE TOEWS

    the bottom line friends is that we LA Kings and our ‘excellent’ western conference brothers understand that ‘fame & fortune’ is not something that can be arbitrarily demanded … rather, it’s something that can only be had with ‘GLORIOUS’ effort and result !

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!! :)

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 16, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      And laughter erupts throughout the Midwest at you lumping Chicago in with the East Coast bias.

      Except in Chicago, where the heads of the meatball remnants exploded.

  6. btlpper68 - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    So much for being modest and humble. Ik what the kings did was great but if the sharks win 1 game all this fear in their eyes and dynasty talk is mom existent and kings are gone in round one.

    • 67nova - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      Yeah, but they didn’t.

  7. kingsomab - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Just as Drew said, there is a lot of work to be done if they want to earn the appellation ‘Dynasty’.

  8. jake1199 - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Only way kings will be dynasty if they upgrade their defence to replace slower and older guys like Mitchell and regehr! Maybe a couple guys for their 4th line also! If they get rid of Richards and his contract that will be huge and I can see them being very strong next year!

    • dannymac17 - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:09 PM

      Willie Mitchell was huge this playoff run, the numbers dont suggest it, but the tape does,

  9. kc114 - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    As a Kings fan since 1980 and a season ticket holder since 1996 I’ve enjoyed the past 3 postseasons. Reality is if this team is an elite team then they cheapen the value of the regular season with their mediocre play during the regular season. In my opinion the Kings are an above average team that gets hot and lucky in the postseason. But I’ll take that anytime.

  10. luvusa1 - Jun 15, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    @pathehockey: Try to be a little objective here: Doughty does whine and Quick coward at Crawford as well. Throw in Brown as having a dirty reputation. Doughty is the best D-man in the game today better then weber. He said it himself that he needs to quit with the emotional stuff. True sign of maturing. Enjoy the parade tomorrow.

  11. papajack1259 - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Humble thine self young man.As you just discovered Champions are won on the the playing surface not talked about in the off season need anyone recall Vancouver, Detroit, and yes Pitsburgh

  12. aldog83 - Jun 15, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Let the media decide if your a “Dynasty”.

    The Kings should continue their “workman like” approach.

    If they keep doing what they have done the last 3 years.

    They will continue to break the will of their opponents.

    The Cups will stack up on their own.

    Then the media wont have to ask….

    They’ll just know.

    GKG!!!

  13. isphet71 - Jun 15, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    Been a long time since I’ve seen a team so well built for the playoffs. The Kings are just money when they get to the postseason. Last team was probably my Red Wings back when they won 2 in a row. But kudos to the Kings for being able to sustain it in the salary cap era; something my Wings didn’t have to deal with.

    I really enjoyed watching them play through their run this year. They play the right way; and have an amazing will to win.

  14. cutelittleguy02 - Jun 16, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    Dynasty … Yes for the refs!

  15. bluelinemh - Jun 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    It may just be be, and I’m not saying the Kings are a bad team but they sure do get a lot of bounces their way. Yes i realize hockey is all about bounces but rather than being the “tic-tak-toe” or any type of play making team they really just win off rebounds and garbage goals. But again thats hockey.

  16. eduncan8888 - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Not really on topic with the Kings dynasty thing but I’m a little confused here, how are the red wings of the mid 90’s through 08 not considered a dynasty? How many times did they miss the playoffs throughout that run? How many times did they finish the season number 1? how many cup apperances?

    Are we not allowed to call Lidstroms entire career a dynasty?

    I’m going to get in contact with the people at Websters and see if we can just make that the definition of the word.

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