5 Reasons Why the Los Angeles Kings Are Becoming a Dynasty

The Los Angeles Kings Have All of the Makings of a Dynasty

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In today's day and age, dynastic teams are becoming a rare thing indeed. You have to go all the way back to 1997-98 to find the last time a team -- the Red Wings -- repeated as Stanley Cup Champions. But with their throwback coach and their relentless and gritty style, something is building in Los Angeles. On the verge of their second Cup in three years, the Kings are building a dynasty and here are just a few reasons why.

5. LA's Young Guns

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5. LA's Young Guns

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The Kings' front office has shown a real knack for identifying and grooming young talent. With players like Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson -- 22 and 21 years old respectively -- and allowing them to develop and learn from players like Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Justin Williams, is paying huge dividends. Both have made valuable contributions to this year's run to the Cup, and give the Kings a very bright future.

4. Drew Doughty

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4. Drew Doughty

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As elite a defenseman as there is, Doughty is one of the unquestioned leaders on the team. He embodies the Kings' style of play -- gritty, grinding and relentless. Doughty has been one of the most consistent and spectacular players -- of any team -- in this season's playoffs, and if the Kings can close it out and win the Cup, Doughty will be one of the biggest reasons for it. And at just 24, he figures to be patrolling the Kings' blue line.

3. One of the Best Front Offices in the NHL

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3. One of the Best Front Offices in the NHL

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In addition to picking out youngsters who can contribute, GM Dean Lombardi has shown a real talent for making deals near the trade deadline that bring in extra firepower for a playoff run. In 2012, it was a deal for Jeff Carter that helped vault them to the franchise's first Stanley Cup. This season, Lombardi added Marian Gaborik whose playoff heroics have helped keep the dreams of a second Cup in Los Angeles going strong.

2. Beyond Elite Goaltending

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2. Beyond Elite Goaltending

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Dynasties are built on goaltending and Jonathan Quick is arguably one of the top three goalies in the NHL today. Despite some struggles in this season's playoffs, he's done enough to help keep his team in every game, and has done a great job of shutting down some of the league's best players. Just ask the Sharks, Ducks and Blackhawks. At 28 years old, Quick is still in his prime and will be between the pipes for LA for some time to come.

1. The Best Coach in the Game

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1. The Best Coach in the Game

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He may not be the best interview ever, but Darryl Sutter is one heck of a coach. Since taking over behind the bench in 2011, Sutter has transformed a loose collection of talented but chronic underachievers into one of the most dominant teams in the league. He pushes the right buttons, makes terrific in-game adjustments and knows how to get the most out of his players. Powering toward a 2nd Cup in three years, Sutter is building a dynasty in LA.

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