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11-02-2003, 09:14 AM
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Are the Canucks 'Elite'...

yet? Can they finally be considered an 'elite' team?

Yes (why) No (why not)?

And just for the record: what determines whether a team has elite status?

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Originally Posted by mecca13
A cup. Or at least a Presidents Trophy as in Ottawa's case.
It all comes down to your definition. Right now, Vancouver is elite in the sense that we've been among the best teams in the league for a very long stretch of time - during the regular season. Other teams get up when they face us.

On the other hand, the Detroits and Colorados amd New Jerseys still seem to me to be a notch above us in Elite status. One good analogy is players...

We're very much like our own Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi, or Jovocop. We've definitely arrived on the scene and started to command respect. But although we're among the top few, we haven't really proven anything the way Yzerman, Sakic, or Scott Stevens have. At the same time, no one would be that surprised if we did.

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An elite team, to me, is one with a fearsome reputation based on proven success, with high expectations of playoff success: a contender.

The Canucks strike me as a second-tier (very good) team, on the level of Phillidelphia and St. Louis; excellent talent, but some problems that you figure will trip them up in the first or second round.

That said, with the lack of depth around the league making injuries so critical, the Canucks are as good a bet as anyone else these days.

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