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Winners team, that never came back

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04-21-2017, 03:01 AM
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Winners team, that never came back

Now im reflecting on Blackhawks. There is many talk about this year performance. And many of them say, that this team will come back. That the window is not closed yet.

Now lets dig in the history. Could you name a team, that was in similar position? That had some Cups, after that had some success (in regular season), but never really come back to their position.

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Probably the Oilers after 1992.

Two years removed from their 5th Cup in 7 years, they made 2 more conference finals. But after a surprise lost to Minnesota in 1991 and getting swept by (ironically) Chicago, they basically fell off the NHL landscape for 4 years.

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Probably the Oilers after 1992.

Two years removed from their 5th Cup in 7 years, they made 2 more conference finals. But after a surprise lost to Minnesota in 1991 and getting swept by (ironically) Chicago, they basically fell off the NHL landscape for 4 years.
The one where they lost to Minnesota in '90-'91, that's when Edmonton still had Mark Messier, Steve Smith, Glenn Anderson, Adam Graves, Charlie Huddy, Grant Fuhr, Dave Brown and Kari Takko.

'91-'92 was when Edmonton now had Vincent Damphousse, Dave Manson, Bernie Nicholls, David Maley, Steven Rice, Scott Thornton, Luke Richardson, Scott Mellanby and Ron Tugnutt for a near complete roster overhaul to replace the 1980s Oilers.

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Now im reflecting on Blackhawks. There is many talk about this year performance. And many of them say, that this team will come back. That the window is not closed yet.

Now lets dig in the history. Could you name a team, that was in similar position? That had some Cups, after that had some success (in regular season), but never really come back to their position.
The recent Detroit Red Wings come to mind. After winning the 2008 Stanley Cup, they lost to Pittsburgh in the 2009 SCF. Since then, they've gone through a slow and gradual decline, culminating this year with their first non-playoff season since 1990 (not counting the 2004-05 lockout).

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Islanders dynasty. Five consecutive trips to the Finals. After that, nothing to cheer about for their fanbase.

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Islanders dynasty. Five consecutive trips to the Finals. After that, nothing to cheer about for their fanbase.
Was that the same team (or at least almost the same), that won the Cups?

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Was that the same team (or at least almost the same), that won the Cups?
Sure. Most of their core stuck around for a few more seasons after 1984. I believe Potvin, Smith and Trottier played there until the late 1980's. Gillies last season there was 1986. Bossy retired after the 1987 season.

They still had the same players, but didn't have the juice anymore to outlast teams like Montreal and Philly in the East.

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Habs after 1979. Yes they won in 86, but there was very little left from the 79 team on the 86 team. They had some great regular seasons in the early 80's but some really big disappointments in the playoffs against teams that really had no business beating them. Personally I chalk it up to a lack of clutch goaltending between Dryden retiring and Roy arriving.

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Maybe an underrated one that no one talks about but the Tampa Bay Lightning. Won the cup with a lot of star power in 2004. Lost a year in the lockout and only qualified for the playoffs three times in the next eight years.

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That's true, they went into the abyss until 2004..

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The one where they lost to Minnesota in '90-'91, that's when Edmonton still had Mark Messier, Steve Smith, Glenn Anderson, Adam Graves, Charlie Huddy, Grant Fuhr, Dave Brown and Kari Takko.
Nothing says "Oilers dynasty" like...

Hah, I was an Oilers fan then and I couldn't even remember that Kari Takko was on the team.

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