Originally written June 13, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
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A perfect storm of upward-trending player development, terrific value throughout one of the youngest rosters in the league and a high offseason retention rate has the Los Angeles Kings well-constructed to find future success, especially in the 2012-13 season. Nine different franchises have won the last nine Stanley Cups, with first-timers Tampa Bay, Carolina, Anaheim and Los Angeles joining the mix of championship banner-hanging teams. No team has won back to back Cups since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997 and 1998, placing recent history as an opposing force on the Kings' chances of repeating. Los Angeles, however, won't have to deal with the budgetary constraints many teams face in the summer after their championship. The most notable recent case of a team shedding key pieces to fit within salary cap constraints was the 2010 offseason experienced by the Chicago Blackhawks, who were forced to shed the contracts of Antti Niemi, Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, Kris Versteeg an...
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