They finished 8th in their conference, but it doesn't matter. In spite of all the years Gretzky was there, the most memorable moment in that franchise's history was 2012. Quick and that defense were lights out for the Cup champ Kings. That was a WEIRD playoff. The Devils were the 6th seed, and they had home ice in the finals, beating my Flyers on their way to that SCF.
I was torn, it is all about winning the cup but Wayne coming to Los Angeles put California Hockey on the map. It is difficult to see the trade as anything except the saving grace of West Coast hockey in the United States. I went with the 2012 Stanley Cup victory, because, you know, its the cup and all but Gretzky coming to the Kings was massive.