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Your Team Could Win the Cup This Year If....?

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08-07-2014, 07:21 PM
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Your Team Could Win the Cup This Year If....?

Inspired by the more negative thread of why your team won't win the Cup, list what would have to happen for your team to possibly win the Cup.

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08-07-2014, 07:22 PM
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We won the WCF.

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For the Wings, a lot honestly. Datsyuk and Zetterberg would have to stay healthy, our youth would have to take the next step and play with more consistency. Howard would have to be the goalie he was in the Anaheim and Chicago series two years ago. Our defense would have to play much better, ie Ericsson would have to step up, Dekeyser would have to take another step, and Smith would have to become a legit top 4 type of defenseman.

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We would have a chance if we had a completely healthy goalie having a career year. otherwise I'd say we'd have to count on an even more unlikely scenario that saw an offensive explosion from several players...not just Vanek.

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They stay healthy.

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Rinne plays 65+ games, Neal & Ribeiro have stellar chemistry, & Jones doesn't have the typical sophomore slump.

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...every other team gets food poisoning. Even then we'd have a hard time.

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If we make Lidstrom 10 years younger and put him back on the team.

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We get moved down to the AHL 15 games in.

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Jagr, Elias and Havlat all play like its 2001, and Adam Larsson becomes Nick Lidstrom 2.0


We got dis.

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Realistically, it would take a ****ing ton for Calgary to even be a contender.

1. Giordano would need a repeat season.
2. Monahan, Baertschi, and Gaudreau (and possibly Bennett) would need to have monster seasons
3. Either Hiller or Ramo would need to have a Vezina worthy season.
4. They'd need to stay healthy.

#1 is entirely possible. The rest, not so much.

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The Cup was the 1st overall draft pick. Or in other words, HF-mindset was reality.

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If we played the Flames in the finals.

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One of Jon Merrill/Adam Larsson turns into a #1 defenseman this year, the other one plays well, and Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise (or an equivalent pair) suddenly re-appear on the roster

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Jagr, Elias and Havlat all play like its 2001, and Adam Larsson becomes Nick Lidstrom 2.0


We got dis.

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We do exactly what we did last year only with Nash scoring in the playoffs.

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Literally a miracle happens. Let's check back in a couple of seasons.

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If we beat Chicago or LA

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If we had more depth at forward.

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For the Leafs, it would require an incredible amount of luck and a bold move or two.

-Bernier would have to show himself to be the real deal
-Rielly would need to have a breakout season similar to Doughty, Pietrangelo, Karlsson, etc from recent years
-Leafs would need to trade for an upgrade at C, very likely one well known for solid two-way play
-They would then still need to get lucky and wade through a weak Eastern conference. They would need a couple of Pittsburgh/Boston/etc to be upset by lesser teams to make their path to the Cup easier (similar to NYR and NJD from recent years), as opposed to getting three tough matchups back-to-back-to-back
-They'd need Bernier to steal them a series against a superior WC team

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