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When will a Canadian NHL team again win the Stanley Cup?
The last time an NHL team from Canada won the distinguished Stanley Cup was in 1993 when the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4 games to 1. I find it interesting that the Kings won a Stanley Cup (2012) before another Canadian team won the Cup.
There have been five occasions since 1993 when a team from Canada lost the Stanley Cup series to an American team. All but one of the teams had a very good chance to become champions.
1. In 1994, the New York Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks (4 - 3).
2. In 2004, the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Calgary Flames (4 - 3). The Flames were leading the series 3 - 2 at one point.
3. In 2006, the Carolina Hurricane defeated the Edmonton Oilers (4 - 3).
4. In 2007, the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Ottawa Senators (4 - 1).
5. In 2011, the Boston Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks (4 - 3). The Canucks were leading the series both 2 - 0 and 3 - 2.
Grand Free Agent Signings on July 4, 2012 - American Independence Day
The free agent signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter by the Minnesota Wild prompted me to finally start write this hub. For Zach, he gets to play hockey in the state that he was born and grew up in. For Ryan, he gets to play close to Madison, WI, where he was born. He wife is from Minnesota. Now both players get the comfort of playing in a familiar area. I am unable to come up with a theory as to why they prefer to play in the Western Conference. My guess is to make it possible for their family, friends, and fans of a team watch them on TV during nighttime after coming home from work.
I don’t see any extraordinary reason for Zach and Ryan to stay with their first NHL team that they played for - New Jersey Devils and Nashville Predators, respectively. Those two teams don’t use free agency to bring in talented players. Therefore, their style of offense would most likely be dull as people won’t think the teams would be exciting to watch. It would be fun for players to stick around and play with a team that spends money in attempts to build an all-around hockey team. With the Devils and the Predators having only a few skilled players, it’s no surprise to me that they would leave for another team.
It definitely is surprising to me that both Zach and Ryan didn’t choose to play for the Detroit Red Wings for obvious reasons. I can’t blame them for having the desire to be the centerpieces to try to make Minnesota a hotbed of hockey. Both guys probably have the desire to create an intense rivalry between the Wild and the Red Wings. Perhaps NHL fans in both Minnesota and Wisconsin shall form a tandem and support the team with deep passion.
If the signings of both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter help the Minnesota Wild be one of several teams that players in the future consider going to, then it would surely make it more difficult for the Canadian teams to get players, either through trade or free agency, that they yearn. The said teams may likely have to either spend more money to get free agent players or give more assets in a trade for players and/or draft picks. A domino effect would be individuals associated with the NHL would go to Minn. for news and/or hype.
After the grand signing of Zach and Ryan for 13 years ($98 million) for each person, not a combined total for both, Matt Carle signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He decided to play for them again because he likes the way the franchise has changed since he was last there. He wanted to decide until Ryan had signed with a team.
How about a rivalry between the Minnesota Wild and the Winnipeg Jets? The distance between St. Paul and Winnipeg is 386 mi. (621 km.). That is shorter than the distance between St. Paul and Detroit, which is 539 mi.
There are currently seven teams from Canada in the NHL. Will there, could there, be an eighth team perhaps in about 5 - 10 years (2017 - 2021).
Calgary Flames -To initiate the rebuilding of the team, the franchise traded away RW Jarome Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins for F Kenny Agostino, RW Ben Haowski, and the team's first-round pick in 2013. Days later they traded away D Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues for D Mark Cundari, G Reto Berra and the team's first-round pick in 2013. Therefore, the Calgary Flames will have three first-round picks in 2013. Fortunately, the Blues lost in their quarterfinal playoff matchup.
Edmonton Oilers - Taylor Hall (2010), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011), and Nail Yakupov (2012). Perhaps they will also get the number one overall draft pick again in 2014.
Montreal Canadiens - In attempt to get their 35th Stanley Cup title, they are committed to building a contending team around G Carey Price, who signed a 6-year contract in 2012.
Ottawa Senators - Maybe their next era of compiling winning seasons will result in another Stanley Cup final appearance. Winning the Cup for the first time could also be possible.
Toronto Maple Leafs - When this team finally becomes one of the better ones, will they only make personnel moves that will benefit them both in the short-term and long-term?
Vancouver Canucks - They have lost in the Western Quarterfinals two years in a row. Maybe they've been taking advantage of playing in a weak division. Ever since they were one win away from being the Stanley Cup champs in 2011, their record in the playoffs is 1 - 10. The Los Angeles Kings always had the series lead in their quarterfinal matchup in 2012.
Winnipeg Jets - They shall stock up on younger players. Hopefully, those players become successful sooner than later.