my team - the Blues
next in line - the Lightning. What's not to like? Exciting young team, players who play with heart every night and Super Dave Andreychuk wearing the C. Not a cup contender yet, but the pieces are in place to cause upsets in the playoffs now. The potential is there for them to someday become a real threat for years and years. Brad Richards is his generation's Ron Francis.
The added bonus being that my 2d team is in a different conference than my favorite team, meaning that I'll never have to root against them unless it's for the grail.
Don't need a list, dont even need a reason why. If your team didn't win the Stanley Cup, who would be your 2nd and 2nd only choice in the NHL to win it?
If the Devils didn't win the cup again I would want Ottawa to win it as I would like the cup to stay in the east and the Sens are the only team in the east I see as a legit cup contender other than the Devils.
However, my second favorite hockey team are the Montreal Canadiens; mainly for their legacy.