I feel like Dean et al. really blew their window here by not addressing the defense, and they may need to go through a 1-2 year retooling (I don't know if they absolutely have to, but they may). It is beyond me how a guy who stressed building from "net out", hasn't really addressed the gaping holes in the defense for two years. The first year came out of nowhere with Voynov's situation and Greene being hurt (And Pearson breaking his leg/Kings losing that insane amount of OT/Shootout games), but this year didn't sneak up on anyone. They wrapped up all of their effort in getting Lucic and let Sekera go. Not to beat a dead horse, but the Sutter line shifting was so disappointing. I get maybe trying King on Line 1 for a game, but when it didn't work, he rode the exact same lines from Game 4 into Game 5. I have to ask a question about why Clifford doesn't play that much? He always seems to bring it and I feel like just putting him up with Kopitar would have been better than King. A few games ago, that line of Brown-Andreoff-Clifford was making life miserable for other teams, and I'm wondering why some line combo like that didn't come about this series. I also agree with asking why the Toffoli-Carter-Pearson line didn't get reunited. I just really don't get any of what Sutter did this series. I also felt disappointed that he complained about the refs after Game 4, because that's some loser New York Rangers moves right there. Good teams find a way to win no matter what, not complain about the refs or talk about "puck luck". Letting in 3 PP goals on 4 tries is a knock on the PK, not the reffing. I think that Lucic would have been a good fit for an idealized version of the Kings, but as someone stated previously, the league is getting faster, and the Kings just keep getting bigger and slower. Lucic has pretty decent North/South speed but is basically a liability on D and didn't do nearly enough to justify how much the Kings gave up to get him. He isn't quick and he didn't really make up for it with any series changing hits or goals (or anything). Martin Jones/1st rd pick/Prospect is one piece shy of what superstars bring in return (Kovalchuk got 4 pieces for Atlanta when he was traded), so he needed to do a lot more than he did. I feel like any and all criticisms towards Kopitar will be justified coming up, since he is going to be the 3rd highest paid player in all of hockey. I don't think it's enough that he matches up well with the other team's best players (Even though he didn't even do that very well, with Pavelski having 5 goals in the series to his 2, and one was off of his leg). He lost some huge faceoffs clean and when they flash the stats that he won "60%" of his faceoffs, I wonder if I'm watching the same game because he seems to lose all of the big ones. If you are the 3rd highest paid player in hockey, other teams should need to gameplan around you, ala a Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane, not just have you matchup well. I would like to see LA let Lucic go if the price isn't a steal, and I'd like to use that money to get that defenseman they've been missing for 2 years. Lost in the shuffle were Lewis' comments that he would like to stay. It sounds like there haven't even been preliminary talks, so he is probably gone. I really like Lewis and his PK skills/energy. He's one of those intagibles guy like Stoll/Richards that has that work ethic that the Kings were built on. It sounds like he wants to stay too, so that's disappointing, but probably the nature of the beast. Anyway, we'll see what comes of this offseason since the draft picks have been thin the past few years and the prospect pool needs to be rebuilt as well (I can't really complain about Dean seeing the Kings window and going for it. He tried to plug holes every year). Kings still have top players at all 3 positions and the core is still there. I even liked Lecavalier and thought he was a great fit for LA (I actually wish the Kings could find a way to keep him). The positives are also that the young D guys got Playoff experience, like Muzzin did in 2013, so there's that.