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06-28-2012, 08:49 PM
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Colorado, Detroit and New Jersey

It's not much of a debate to suggest that Colorado, Detroit and New Jersey were the three great organizations in the NHL during the mid 90s-2000s. All three of these organizations emerged out of the 80s and early 90s as teams that got built from the ground up through the draft and combined, they won 8 Stanley Cups from 1995 to the lockout. They all won cups having to get past each other, New Jersey beating Detroit in 1995 in the finals, Colorado beating Detroit in the semi finals in 1996 and Colorado beating New Jersey in 2001 in the finals. In summary, Detroit and New Jersey won three apiece and Colorado won two.

That said, given the talent levels on these teams, is it appropriate to say that Colorado and Detroit should have cleaned up the decade between them, and that in particular Colorado losing to Dallas in 1999 and 2000 was a huge disappointment? Did New Jersey completely overachieve given what kind of personnel they were working with?

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