It is a feat that has only happened three times before, and not since 1995. An NHL team winning the Stanley Cup while its AHL affiliate captures the Calder Cup.
The Kings are a contender to win the Stanley Cup, although that is a monumental task and will not be easy. They have the pieces in place, but will also need great performances at opportune times and also a lot of luck to get that job done and it is not a forgone conclusion by any means.
The Manchester Monarchs are also in the mix when top contenders are discussed for the AHL title. They currently lead the AHL’s Eastern Conference by 4 points over the Springfield Falcons, and should be among the top seeds when the playoffs begin. Like their NHL brothers, a march to the Calder Cup is tough and a bit of luck is needed.
It is very uncommon for both the NHL parent club and AHL affiliate to have success, because of the distribution of assets. Quite often an NHL team in a playoff run needs help from the top players in its AHL affiliate, while other clubs who are not in the NHL playoffs can return a key player or two to bolster the AHL playoff drive.
The Kings and Monarchs have the potential to be the first set of teams since the 1995 New Jersey Devils and Albany River Rats to pull the feat of the same organization winning both of their respective championships.
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