Best Teams Never to Win the Stanley Cup
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11-28-2012, 12:12 AM
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If anything, had the '94 Canucks won the Cup they would have been hands down the worst Cup winner of the '90s. No elite skaters save Bure, Jyrki Lumme as probably their best defenceman. Kirk McLean, though excellent, pales in comparison to most of the goalies that were winning Cups in that decade (Roy, Belfour, Brodeur, Barrasso). There's a reason Vancouver cherishes the memory of that playoff run so much.
1996 Devils have a case for best team to miss the playoffs.
I felt that the '94 Canucks had a decent amount of depth and balance. To go along with Bure, they had some gritty scorers in Courtnall and Linden. Cliff Ronning was also a productive player, and Murray Craven and Greg Adams could also provide some secondary scoring, as did Sergeio Momesso. They also added Martin Gelinas which turned out to be a great pickup for the Canucks. Their bottom six wasn't as strong as New York's, but they had toughness whenever they needed it with Odjick.
While Lumme and Slegr were the top two point getters on the blueline, their best defenseman came at the trade deadline when they added Jeff Brown. They had a couple of vets who were long in the tooth in Babych and Diduck, but so did the Rangers with Kevin Lowe and Jay Wells.
Kirk McLean really stood on his head in the post season. He took his game to another level for a long stretch in the playoffs. The Cup Finals that year was a very hard fought series that went down to the wire. While that Canucks team probably won't be considered one of the best teams of their time, I think they were a better team that some clubs that played in the Finals during the 90s.
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