Gary Bettman almost got his dream matchup. A Stanley Cup final between The Los Angeles Kings versus the New York Rangers would have had all the storylines to produce one of the highest rated finals in recent memory. Two of the biggest markets in the National Hockey League. One an Original Six team that finished first in its conference, poised to return to the Stanley Cup finals after an eighteen-year absence. The other an improbable 8-seed, the first to ever knock off the top three seeds in its respective conference. Kings v. Rangers had all the glamour and intrigue to battle the NBA playoffs for popularity, until Lou Lamoriello and Martin Brodeur struck again.