All of a sudden the Los Angeles Kings’ roster doesn’t look so young anymore.
Jeff Carter is 30.
Ditto for Dustin Brown.
Jonathan Quick will be 30 in January.
Marian Gaborik is 33.
While pending unrestricted free agents Anze Kopitar and Milan Lucic are still only 27, and Drew Doughty is even younger at 25, studies have shown that the typical NHL player peaks before the age of 30.
Combine the fact that so much of the Kings’ core is signed long term with a prospect group that doesn’t rank very highly and it’s more than fair to ask how long this group has as a Stanley Cup contender.
So, go vote: