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Are Kings a dynasty in the making?

NEW YORK -- "Dynasty" is a dying word in the NHL.

By our definition, there hasn't been a dynasty since the 1980s Edmonton Oilers, winners of five Stanley Cups in seven years.

Probably the closest we've come is having the Detroit Red Wings win three Cups in six years, from 1997 through 2002.

But certainly in the salary-cap era starting in 2005, it has been awfully tough for teams to stay on top, the talent spread more evenly around the league. The roster turnover is quick.

So we'll throw away the word "dynasty" until we see a team win four Cups in seven or eight years. But could the Los Angeles Kings be that team? Or the Chicago Blackhawks?

The Kings' tidy five-game series win over the New York Rangers clinched their second Cup title in three years, both championships sandwiched around a conference finals appearance last season.

The Blackhawks, of course, won Cups in 2010 and 2013 before going out in a sensational Western Conference finals battle with the Kings this year, a series that truly -- if we're going to be honest -- felt like it was deciding this year's Cup winner given the superiority of the Western Conference.

"When you win two Cups in three years, and you go to a final four, you're built for the long haul and you've got superstar power in your lineup, you're separating yourself from everyone in the league," Red Wings GM Ken Holland, the architect of four Stanley Cups in Detroit, told ESPN.com when asked about the Kings.

"I'm not going to use the word 'dynasty,' I don't know what constitutes a dynasty. But certainly when you win two Cups in three years ... and then the quality of players, they've obviously separated themselves from a lot of teams. There's two or three teams that have separated themselves from the league, obviously L.A. is one of them, Chicago being another. They also look like they're built for the long haul. They're just getting going here. It looks like they've got a number of opportunities ahead."

And that's just it. There will be some tweaking, yes, Marian Gaborik is slated for unrestricted free agency, so the Kings need to quickly try and re-sign him.

But by and large, the core of this team will remain for years to come: Drew Doughty, Jonathan Quick, Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown, Slava Voynov, they're all signed and not going anywhere. The kids Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson are just getting started. Alec Martinez and Jake Muzzin had huge years in becoming bigger parts of the team.

"I look at their team and I'm thinking [about] the teams that I had," legendary coach Scotty Bowman told ESPN.com.

Bowman coached the dynasty Habs of the 1970s, plus a Cup winner in Pittsburgh and, of course, three Cup winners in Detroit.

He sees some parallels with this Kings team.

"They're so strong in two important places," Bowman said. "At center ice, Carter has really come through with huge plays in the playoffs; him and Kopitar are two big centermen, then you throw in Richards, and a real underrated guy in the whole playoffs for me has been Jarret Stoll. He's so adept at the faceoff circle. They're real strong down the middle. When I look at the teams I had, in Montreal we had [Jacques] Lemaire and [Peter] Mahovlich, but we also had [Doug] Risebrough and [Doug] Jarvis, and they were really valuable players because they competed all over the ice, similar to Stoll. Jarvis was a great faceoff guy.

"We had a great defense corps, too. One year in Montreal we scored 59 or 60 goals from our defense [in the regular season]."

That was from the likes of Larry Robinson, Serge Savard and Guy Lapointe. And yes, Bowman is making that comparison to Doughty's crew, which had 19 goals in the playoffs.

"Project that over 82 games, that's a lot," Bowman said of the point production by Los Angeles' blueliners.

"Their defense corps has really been strong. They're the team that's really taken advantage of the extra room in the end zone, Voynov, Martinez, Doughty and Muzzin, they get the puck through."

Holland said the presence of Doughty in that lineup cannot be understated.

"They've got a superstar on the back end," Holland said. "We were lucky to have Nick Lidstrom for all those years. Drew Doughty, I was fortunate to be with him on Team Canada in 2010 and 2014 at the Olympics, he's in the process of establishing himself. ... He's one of the best defensemen in the game, maybe the best defenseman in the game with his ability to transport the puck and join the rush, he plays to win. He's a special player. in my opinion, at the most important position: defense."

This team indeed has staying power. No question it will be tough to repeat, no team has done so since the 1998 Red Wings of Bowman and Holland. And the Blackhawks will be there again next year to contend with, not to mention the up-and-coming Anaheim Ducks, and the Western Conference just keeps getting tougher.

The league is close, heck, the Kings needed three Game 7 victories to get out of the mighty West this year. So winning again is certainly not guaranteed.

But Kings GM Dean Lombardi has built a contender with staying power.

"It's an incredible feat," New Jersey veteran GM Lou Lamoriello said of the Kings' second Cup in three years. "And a tremendous credit to Dean for the decisions that he's made; some of them were out of the norm. You start with bringing Darryl [Sutter] back, he recognized what he felt his team needed and, with the type of person and type of personnel, and it meshed. And sticking with his guns on some of his roster decisions that he had to go through, you could pull out a lot of individual things, some small, some big, and he stayed consistent in his plan.

"I feel so good for him because he works at it, he's a very honest individual, very humble, very respectful to his personnel. I know Dean very well, he's a good friend, and I'm just happy with the way things have turned out. He's taken some chances, things didn't work out for him as general manager the first time in San Jose but he went right back to work, he was out scouting [with Philadelphia]. What more can you say? The end result is because of what he's done. He's detailed, he does his homework, and he does it in his own unassuming way. He's not looking for any credit. I'm proud to see what he's doing."

And there's perhaps more to come over the next few years for Lombardi's gang.

"We live for the playoffs," Doughty said. "We live for these type of moments. Yeah, this team, we're a great team, but we're not finished what we have to do yet. We need to continue this as long as we possibly can.

"We have the right guys on this team, the right players. We have the possibility to go deep for many years to come."