Every decade from the '40s to the '80s was topped by a three-peat (or better) Stanley Cup champion. But since 1990, we've seen just two repeat winners, both in the '90s. So it's time to redefine the term "dynasty" if we plan on bringing it into the 21st century.
A dynasty is defined as a family that stays in power. Recently, only the New Jersey Devils—with three Stanley Cups, five Finals and 20 playoffs in 22 years—and the Detroit Red Wings—with four Stanley Cups, six Finals and 22 consecutive playoffs—fit that description.
So what are the hallmarks of our new NHL dynasty?
- Staying power
- Multiple championships
New Jersey and Detroit’s constant strength flows from two common places, which is also how we'll choose our next dynasty:
- General manager continuity
- Late drafting prowess
Eventually, every dynasty dies. The Devils just lost two franchise players, Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk, in consecutive summers; the Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are aging with no obvious help in sight. A game of thrones is being fought right now to determine the next dynasty. Who will reign supreme for next few seasons...and beyond?