With a few losing streaks aside, the Los Angeles Kings had a great 2010-11 season. It would have probably been better had Anze Kopitar not been lost for the season but the Kings rallied as best they could. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to get past the first round.
Although it may have felt like an accomplishment to make the playoffs the last two years, just doing that this coming season will not be acceptable as the Los Angeles Kings have set the bar much higher this season.
It would be painfully cliche to call the Kings an "up-and-coming team" but with the talent they have, especially with the additions of Mike Richards and Simon Gagne, Los Angeles is looking to capitalize on the assets they have.
Although the Kings finished in the Top 10 last season in the goals-against and penalty-killing departments, they struggled in those of the goals-for and power-play. Luckily, both Gagne and Richards can help their new team improve in both those categories. In fact, with the 409 career goals between the two, there aren't any reasons why they can't.
Los Angeles Kings certainly has their work cut out for them in the always competitive Western Conference. With that said, though, this is a team that can go far even if Kopitar or Brown go down with an injury (I'm not saying that will happen but just as an example).
The Los Angeles Kings have a lot to look forward to this coming season and the arrivals of Gagne and Richards certainly help.
So, let me finish by asking the question that every Kings fan has been asking for the last couple of months: Is it October yet?