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Stephen 03-28-2013 12:44 AM

Big Market Glory
 
When I think of guys like Doug Gilmour and the 1993 Leafs, Keith Primeau on the 2004 Philadelphia Flyers, or Trevor Linden on the Canucks in 1994, for example, I can't help but be in awe at the kind of legendary status a good player or team can generate in a hockey mad market without winning or really even coming that close to winning a championship in some cases. It's as if their herculean efforts in losing well and almost delivering a Stanley Cup to a crazed fanbase can actually overshadow a player or team that actually manages to win it all in a 'quieter' market. Certainly, the legend of the 1993 Leafs is a lot greater than the Carolina Hurricanes 2006 cup win, for example, as Gilmour, Potvin, Burns were a lot more popular in the game compared to Staal, Ward and Laviolette after their big years.

Are there other examples of big market teams making a decent showing in the playoffs and having their accomplishments completely blown out of proportion?

Primrose Everdeen 03-28-2013 01:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Stephen (Post 62592889)
When I think of guys like Doug Gilmour and the 1993 Leafs, Keith Primeau on the 2004 Philadelphia Flyers, or Trevor Linden on the Canucks in 1994, for example, I can't help but be in awe at the kind of legendary status a good player or team can generate in a hockey mad market without winning or really even coming that close to winning a championship in some cases. It's as if their herculean efforts in losing well and almost delivering a Stanley Cup to a crazed fanbase can actually overshadow a player or team that actually manages to win it all in a 'quieter' market. Certainly, the legend of the 1993 Leafs is a lot greater than the Carolina Hurricanes 2006 cup win, for example, as Gilmour, Potvin, Burns were a lot more popular in the game compared to Staal, Ward and Laviolette after their big years.

Are there other examples of big market teams making a decent showing in the playoffs and having their accomplishments completely blown out of proportion?

2010 Flyers?

Stephen 03-28-2013 07:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Rundblad (Post 62595709)
2010 Flyers?

Don't know, the Richards and Carter split made that run feel more acrimonious than a legendary team that was embraced.

DKQ 03-28-2013 07:50 AM

Daniel Alfredsson in Ottawa?

96 03-28-2013 08:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Stephen (Post 62609017)
Don't know, the Richards and Carter split made that run feel more acrimonious than a legendary team that was embraced.

Carter did **** all in those playoffs. Gagne, Richards, Briere, Leino and Hartnell carried the team.

flyin_finn 03-28-2013 08:29 AM

Many hockey fans can still recall the '91-92 Blackhawks roster and especially names like Roenick and Belfour.

The memory of their glory easily replaces the fact that Belfour won the Cup once - with Stars seven years later - and Roenick never did.

Mayor Bee 03-28-2013 09:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Stephen (Post 62592889)
When I think of guys like Doug Gilmour and the 1993 Leafs, Keith Primeau on the 2004 Philadelphia Flyers, or Trevor Linden on the Canucks in 1994, for example, I can't help but be in awe at the kind of legendary status a good player or team can generate in a hockey mad market without winning or really even coming that close to winning a championship in some cases. It's as if their herculean efforts in losing well and almost delivering a Stanley Cup to a crazed fanbase can actually overshadow a player or team that actually manages to win it all in a 'quieter' market. Certainly, the legend of the 1993 Leafs is a lot greater than the Carolina Hurricanes 2006 cup win, for example, as Gilmour, Potvin, Burns were a lot more popular in the game compared to Staal, Ward and Laviolette after their big years.

Are there other examples of big market teams making a decent showing in the playoffs and having their accomplishments completely blown out of proportion?

In the three examples cited:
- Trevor Linden and the Canucks did come close to winning

- Keith Primeau was the story in 2004, not Philadelphia. For whatever reason, he was immensely popular with the media despite the fact that most of his career was a complete disappointment

- Gilmour and the 1993 Maple Leafs have the aura of "the lost cause", along with the villain that is Kerry Fraser. 20+ years of pathetic management, then the death of Harold Ballard, and finally things started looking up. Toronto seemed like a team of destiny, then it was taken away by the upstart Kings and the guy with helmet hair.

fly4apuckguy 03-28-2013 10:19 AM

I think heroic play is significant whether you win or lose.

Stephen 03-28-2013 12:28 PM

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Originally Posted by flyin_finn (Post 62611475)
Many hockey fans can still recall the '91-92 Blackhawks roster and especially names like Roenick and Belfour.

The memory of their glory easily replaces the fact that Belfour won the Cup once - with Stars seven years later - and Roenick never did.

Actually this is a really good example. The star power of those Hawks players probably outweighs the current iteration that won the 2010 cup even.

Hero 03-28-2013 12:37 PM

If a player is clutch, and has no a quit attitude in a hockey crazy market they transcend to a God like status.

Wendel Clark once mentioned he's never once bought his own beer at a bar in Toronto since he retired. People literately get in line to buy Wendel Clark a drink at any bar he goes to. No celebrity, no religious leader, nobody else can say that.

Lshap 03-28-2013 01:20 PM

Saku Koivu in Montreal eleven years ago.

Aside from his year-in-year-out class as Habs' team captain, Saku became an icon with the way he fought cancer and returned to the lineup shortly after treatment. That ovation on the night he came back... right up there on the choked-up meter.


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