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01-29-2013, 11:08 PM
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
I think that factor will become less and less important as we transition from the 21-team era to the 30-team era. Just in the next couple of years we're likely to see Alfredsson and Iginla retire, neither of whom is "defined" but Cup-lessness.
This is very true. There a ton of marquee players who will likely retire without a Cup win to their name.

The aforementioned Jarome Iginla and Daniel Alfredsson for starters. Mats Sundin already retired, Eric Lindros fell short in his one season in the SCF and then had his career derailed by injuries. The Sedin's are 32 and may retire without a Cup.

Winning a cup as a goaltender is another very difficult task. Roberto Luongo and Henrik Lundqvist have been tremendous goaltenders year-in, year-out and have yet to raise the Cup. Miikka Kiprusoff is a workhorse and former Vezina winner but he will likely retire without a Cup. Similar to Lundqvist, Ryan Miller is a former Vezina winner aged 30+ without a SCF appearance to his name. Pekka Rinne is a relatively new elite goaltender, but has already hit 30 and hasn't had any sustained playoff success yet.

I really do think as the years progress having a Cup win to your name will become much less of an expectation in evaluation for Hall of Fame induction.

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