With a few days left before the NHL trade deadline on Monday, it is becoming painfully evident that a golden era is closing for the Los Angeles Kings.
It is very likely that another piece from their 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup championship teams could be moved in a trade deadline deal.
The front office has already traded Tanner Pearson and Jake Muzzin this year. Both players were members of the Kings last Stanley Cup run in 2014. Now, there is speculation that perhaps Jeff Carter, Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez, and Jonathan Quick could be traded individually or as part of a package.
All four of those players were part of both title teams and could bring in more draft picks or prospects in order to secure the future for the Kings.
By securing the future the Kings will be closing the book on the past.
Of the 23 players with their named engraved on the 2014 Stanley Cup, only nine remain on the team. With the team seemingly in an endless tailspin to the bottom, more will likely be gone after Monday.
Starting in 2012, the Kings embarked on a three year journey that took them to elite status in the NHL. Not only did they win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, but they would got to the Western Conference Finals in 2013 before adding the second cup the following season. In that short window, the Kings won 42 playoff games and 11 playoff series.
With organization players like Anze Kopitar, Jonathan Quick and Drew Doughty, combined with veterans Justin Williams, Matt Greene, and Jarrett Stoll the Kings sought to push for Stanley Cups.
Trades that brought in skill and leadership through players like Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, and Marian Gaborik rounded out the club to get them over the hump.
Now all of that is passed. The team is destined for the NHL Draft lottery for the first time since 2009 and their worst finish since 2008.
Kings fans will have to realize that the golden era has come to an end.