Originally written on Around The Rink  |  Last updated 11/11/14
Kings GM Dean Lombardi, left, and coach Darryl Sutter have built a great team in Los Angeles. (Mark J. Terrill, AP) After shocking the hockey world and becoming the first 8-seed in American sports to win its league’s championship, the Los Angeles Kings seemed to be in a good position to return to the Stanley Cup Finals in a shortened 2013 season. Alas, after moving past St. Louis and San Jose, the Kings were defeated in five games by the Chicago Blackhawks. Patrick Kane’s goal in the second overtime proved to be the dagger for the Kings’ season in Game Five. In 2013, the Kings continued to provide a blueprint for teams to build towards success. They had top-end talent brought up through their system in Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty, and Jonathan Quick. They had great players like Justin Williams, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter acquired through trades. The Kings also had talented young players, like Slava Voynov, Jake Muzzin, and Tyler Toffoli step up and contribute over the course of the season. The man responsible for putting most, if not all, of that talent together is Dean Lombardi, who has been the Kings’ general manager for seven years now. Lombardi was disappointed with the end result of the season, but still was happy with how his team played in this short season, according to Cam Tucker of Pro Hockey Talk. “You’re almost frozen. There’s so much going through your head, there’s nothing going through your head. … It’s almost like you don’t know what you’ve lost until it’s gone — or whatever that saying is — until you’ve experienced it,” said Kings general manager Dean Lombardi during a conference call Sunday, as per the L.A. Times. “You can’t condone losing — you never want to do that — but I have to condone their sense of honor. “They didn’t quit. They fought through and given the history of it, they deserve to be commended for what they did accomplish.” If I was Lombardi, I wouldn’t worry too much about the Kings’ inability to repeat as NHL champs. No team has done that since the Detroit Red Wings did it in 1997 and 1998. The future still remains very bright for the Los Angeles Kings, and they should be in contention for the Stanley Cup again for many seasons to come. Joe has been writing for the Sports-Kings since July 2012, covering football and hockey. You can follow him on Twitter @jpray_SK.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Lovie Smith denies Bucs tanked to secure #1 pick in 2015 Draft

Report: Jets will fire Rex Ryan, GM John Idzik on Monday

Braxton Miller has 'expressed interest' in Duke transfer?

Jim Harbaugh, 49ers mutually part ways

Mike Wallace benched for disciplinary reasons

Browns owner sends stern message to Johnny Manziel

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Ray Allen is leaning toward retirement

Ravens clinch playoff spot

DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant set Cowboys records in win

Report: Browns feel Josh Gordon 'has to go'

Jets contacted Rex Ryan's agent about replacements for him

Justin Gilbert inactive after being late to team meeting

WATCH: Mike Tomlin goes after Reggie Nelson after game

WATCH: Ndamukong Suh steps on Aaron Rodgers

Nation's top recruit says he won't follow Jim Harbaugh

Eric Decker's wife was concerned about hubby's groin

WATCH: Lamar Miller has longest run in Dolphins history

WATCH: Pats fans serenade Pete Frates with 'Happy Birthday'

Harbaugh rumors affecting Mich. basketball ticket prices?

WATCH: Dez Bryant burns Redskins defender for TD

Detroit bar offering free food, booze if Lions beat Packers

Jameis Winston: I would throw in Richard Sherman's direction

WATCH: Nebraska safety pukes on field, keeps playing

WATCH: Nyquist holds puck for 28 seconds, scores OT winner

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

WATCH: Suh steps on Aaron Rodgers

Browns owner sends message to Manziel

Ray Allen leaning toward retirement?

Ravens clinch playoff spot

Murray, Bryant set team records

Pats fans serenade Pete Frates

Browns to part ways with Josh Gordon?

Manziel was late after throwing party?

Amari Cooper not a fan of New Orleans

Harbaugh to Mich. is done deal

WATCH: Jennifer Lawrence supports Louisville with chant

Did Bielema do ‘Horns Down’?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.