After leading his team to their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick took home the Conn Smythe Trophy for the playoffs most valuable player. But there was one piece of hardware Quick wasn't recognized for.
With a roster that is finally coming to fruition, and players like Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, and Mike Richards signed to long-term deals, the Kings team that has suddenly emerged as a Western Conference powerhouse will be together for a long time.
Whether or not it turns out the 2011-12 Stanley Cup playoffs are the last for Martin Brodeur remains to be seen. But if setting NHL records is a barometer of how much the veteran has left in the tank then the New Jersey Devil is hardly running on fumes.
The wife is already looking around for another team to support, radio call-in shows are jammed with fans jumping off the proverbial bandwagon and, despite 35 saves and getting the game's second star, Roberto Luongo is being trashed. Again.