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Thread: The next window opening: Not next season, but the one after?

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    Exclamation The next window opening: Not next season, but the one after?

    Looking at the team's CapFriendly page, next season we'll have $11M tied up in dead cap space from Kovalchuk, Richards and Phaneuf. And we'll be integrating a whole swath of rookies.

    Next year we'll probably see long looks at Vilardi, Kupari and Anderson-Dolan. Maybe stints of Byfield/Stutzle, Turcotte, Thomas, Fagemo, Kaliyev, Madden.

    But in 2021-22 that dead salary drops down to about $2M which opens up opportunities to sign some UFAs, or trade some of those above prospects for prime impact players.

    Seems like we should set our sights on the year after next for when we'll have a real competitive team again.

    I'll be pleasantly surprised if we're competing for a playoff spot next year in 2020-21, but my expectations will be significantly higher for the year after next.

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    Blake has said that getting this 2nd pick will accelerate "the plan" for what it's worth. I think they'll compete for a playoff spot but are still 2-3 years away from making a run. So much up in the air, so much for these young kids to prove. They really have to come in and make a pretty immediate impact and continue to grow.

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    Not gonna look too far into the future, for now let's just say there's a chance the kids could surprise. Not all of them are going to pan out, and none of them are going to meet the expectations of the internet.

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    Last season was like 2006-07 (first year of rebuild)
    This season was like 2007-08 (bad season but with #2 pick)
    Next season hopefully will be like 2008-09 (discernable improvement, but no playoffs - already saw glimpses of that this season, especially towards the end)
    2021-22 hopefully will be like 2009-2010 (playoffs with a new core developing).
    Let's hope that means a Cup by 2024! It's doable.

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    20'-21' is another lottery year. Try to keep a learning environment and not spoil the kids.

    21'-22', the Kings will have to deal with Carter, Quick and Brown.
    Will Kopitar and Doughty be dead weight?
    The cap certainly can't increase much if at all, but with low cost kids, the team should fight for a playoff spot. Figure out which kids are the core, trade the others to fill in the gaps.

    22'-23' Final cleaning of the cap sheet, make the playoffs. Window cracked.

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    If the Kings were legitimately in the hunt for a playoff spot in 2 seasons i'd be shocked. More likely, they will show some good growth, but still remain inconsistent, and ultimately be out of contention well before the final game of the regular season. They still need work on the backend, and they still need somebody who can push the team to keep their collective foot on teh pdeal.

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    I see next year as teasing at making the playoffs as well, but the trend is up.
    Definitely a different feeling than the 'blackhole' years.

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    I kinda want another blackhole year instead of just missing the playoffs.

    But that's because I want another Top 5 pick. And then we can talk, haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orpheus View Post
    I kinda want another blackhole year instead of just missing the playoffs.

    But that's because I want another Top 5 pick. And then we can talk, haha.
    That's not 'blackhole' my cetacean friend.
    It's the years the Kings finish 7-10th place in the West, with no shot at a playoff win and aging talent.
    Then drafting 16-20th in the first round, unless they traded it for an under-performing veteran from the East.

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    I think the question is can the Kings and NHL survive with zero fans next season?

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