There might never be another NHL playoff season like the one we just witnessed. The No. 8-seeded Los Angeles Kings fought through the top three seeds in the Western Conference, and then the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Final in order to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
When Wayne Gretzky failed to lead the Kings to a cup, I'm sure many fans in Southern California were wondering if it would ever happen. But then Dustin Brown, Jonathan Quick, Anze Kopitar and many others came to the rescue.
I don't think head coach Darryl Sutter smiled one time throughout the playoffs until the final second expired, but now he can grin for the entire offseason. Sadly, the 2011-12 season is finally over. So why not take a look at the early favorites to bring home Lord Stanley's Cup next year?