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QOTD 6/14/09 Greatest NHL franchise last 20 years

Posted on: June 14, 2009 12:56 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2009 7:49 pm
What is the greatest NHL franchise over the past 20 years? There have been a lot of great franchises over the past 20 years.  If you had to pick the best, who would it be?  For me, it would be between the Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, and New Jersey Devils.  Between those 3, they have 10 of the 20 Stanley Cup championships.

Why its Detroit:
What can you say about this team in the last 20 years?  They have won 4 Stanley Cups during the time period, and only missed the playoffs once (1990).
Why its not Detroit:
No salary cap enabled them to spend the most money and buy a lot of talent.

Why its New Jersey:
Only missed the playoffs once (1996) during this time span, just like Detroit.  They also won 3 cups.  The one thing that sets them apart during this era is how they basically invented "the trap."  It was a type of hockey that was rarely seen before this time period and this style was a huge reason for those 3 cups.
Why its not New Jersey:
Their style led to them having poor television ratings and attendence.  Great franchises should have great attendence, especially when they are winning like the Devils in the 90's.

Why its Pittsburgh:
Missed the playof 5 times during this time span, but managed to win 3 cups.  They also have went through some of the biggest Stars in the game with Mario Lemieux, Jaramir Jagr, Paul Coffey, Sidney Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin.
Why its not Pittsburgh:
Poor play in the early 2000's, missing the playoffs 4 years in a row.  Almost went bankrupt, and were being threatened to move (even though that had to do with poor ownership more than anything).  They also had some poor attendence in the early 2000's.

With that said, my pick would be the Detroit Red Wings.  Yes I hate them, but how many Cup finals have they made it to during this time period?  Amazing,


Since: Jul 2, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2009 10:39 am

QOTD 6/14/09 Greatest NHL franchise last 20 years

I have to agree with Fly. The no-brainer answer is of course the Redwings and I don't even think it's close. After that the Devils are the only other team that comes close. Although they celebrate championships in a parking lot you can't fault the team for that. After that I don't think any other teams are worthy of consideration. If the Pens win a couple more titles over the next few years you'll have a better argument for them.

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2009 3:33 am

QOTD 6/14/09 Greatest NHL franchise last 20 years

Detroit Red Wings, by far. 6 Stanley Cup Finals, 4 Stanley Cup championships.

Runner up, New Jersey Devils. 4 Finals, 3 Cups and have made the playoffs every year for quite some time too.

And look, I'm not trying to be a Penguins basher here or anything and I know they just won their 3rd cup. But with all of the losing seasons they've had, going bankrupt and nearly moving in the past 20 years, I can't possibly put the Penguins up there. Maybe in 20 years we will ask this same question and maybe say yes, but right now, I can't. Yes 3 cups in less than 20 years is impressive, but you have to look at what has happened in between the Cups, which sure isn't pretty or great.

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2009 11:49 pm

QOTD 6/14/09 Greatest NHL franchise last 20 years

Since 1989, the last year they did not qualify for the playoffs, the Red Wings have played in six of the Stanley Cup Finals in that period, with wins in four of those opportunities, including back-to-backs in 1996-97 and 1997-98. Coincidentally, one of the losses was against the New Jersey Devils, and, as we all know, they made a split with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Since 1989, the Devils have played in four Cup finals and won three, and the Penguins have played in four and won three, including back-to-backs in 1990-91 and 1991-92 .

All in all, I'd say that makes it the Detroit Red Wings, by the number of Cups (+1 on both the Devils and the Penguins) and by the length of the run of making the playoffs year in and year out.

Good blog, pittsports85, and congrats again to your Penguins on the Cup victory.

Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: June 14, 2009 3:18 pm

QOTD 6/14/09 Greatest NHL franchise last 20 years

I think Detroit. They've made the playoffs like the past 18 years or so, with no signs of missing anytime soon. They draft well in late rounds, and have won it all 4 times in the last 13 years. New Jersey would be second I think, with St. Louis also getting in the top 5.

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