While players like Lanny McDonald and Ray Bourque ended their careers with the first Stanley Cup victory, I was thinking players who have completely opposite career that way. Winning the Cup early, and then no team success. Mainly with players who had long career, not necessarily star players.
Jaromir Jagr - Cup wins in his first two years, since then 15 seasons without one Alexei Kovalev - Cup in his second year and drought after that. Theoren Fleury - Cup in his rookie year Martin Gelinas - Cup in his first full season, 17 years of career after that Brian Rolston - Cup in his rookie year
Chris Chelios was set for this for some time, until he won his second Cup in 2002 at the age of 40 (then third in 2008)
Of the players listed, Kovalev and Rolston are of course active NHLers, Jagr active player too, but worth of mentioning I think.
Getzlaf could end up like this with the way the Ducks look.
I wonder how players like this feel. Sometimes players win it young, become a superstar, and never win it as a superstar. Do you think this bothers them?
Depends. If they played 10 minutes per game on the 4th line, then it probably bothers them and they are very hungry to win another one.
If they played an instrumental role (like Getzlaf and Jagr) in their win, then probably not much.
Mackell Fleming Mac
Eric Staal and Cam Ward fit into this. Both 21 years old. Ward's rookie season and Staal's sophomore season. Lots of time left in their careers. Andrew Ladd was another young guy on the team but he managed to win the Cup again last season.
Its a long ways off, but Toews and Kane won it in their third season. The Hawks are flirting with .500 so far this year, not unusual at the beginning of the season of a Cup champ, but if this is their only Cup it wouldn't be the first time the Hawks had two youngens on their team only to never win again (1961)
Mike Rupp was a rookie in 2003. He scored one goal that playoff, the Cup winner! I think the Pens have more Cup(s) in them, but Rupp wasn't on the 2009 team so 2003 is his last so far
Brent Sutter won the Cup in his first two years as an Islander and never won again
Joe Murphy won it very early, although he was so full of himself he probably won it in his head a time or two afterwards.........
Bill Barber won it in season 2 & 3. Was a big part of them, but despite close calls never won again