It is always compelling for hockey fans to get behind a single long-suffering NHL star as he seeks a Stanley Cup title. However, it is more compatible with the nature of the sport when a team harbors more than one high-profile veteran with the same 35-pound gap in his trophy case.
Today, one-time superstars and now aging veterans Daniel Alfredsson and Jarome Iginla are each functioning as magnets for headlines with their respective quests after consistently coming up short since entering the league in the mid-1990s. If they find fulfillment in their new garb, there will be at least a handful of teammates likewise taking their first celebratory close-up with Lord Stanley.
But fittingly enough, there are some slightly less seasoned but still celestial and starved players with comparable company in their own dressing room. Their common top-shelf talent and keen craving for victory should be a foundation for their team to make a deep run in the near future.
Here are three pairs of currently Cup-less NHL teammates who enter 2013-14 with the best odds of claiming their first ring between now and the spring of 2016.