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10-01-2003, 03:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Modano = God
I agree with your rankings, simply based on the number of cups.

However, the Stars reached the Stanley Cup Finals as many times as either the Wings or Devils and more then the Avs during the last decade. This, and their constant regular season succes definitely has them in the same breath. Much less when you consider their actual status this season which seems as good, if not better then most.

And if you want to go current, the Stars finished ahead of the Avs and the Wings for both the regular season as the playoffs.
You can't throw in the North Stars final appearance in 1991 as factoring in whether the Stars have been among the elite teams since New Jersey won the cup in 1994.

Logically anyway you cut it, it is the Devils and Red Wings as the top two teams followed by the Avs. The Stars are a distant fourth, simply because they have one cup win. Regardless of final appearances, the ultimate measuring stick for a team is cup wins. That is what will be remembered 30 years from now, not division titles, not presidents trophys.

In that respect, the Stars probably shouldn't be considered one of the elite teams of this era, because I'm not sure 1 total cup win in the decade qualifies a team as one of the best of its era. It may be unfair, but until the Stars win another cup, they are a distant fourth behind the Avs.

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