The 2011 Stanley Cup Finals has the looks of another classic series for the history of the sport. However, will either the Vancouver Canucks or Boston Bruins be able to join the ranks as one of the greatest teams to ever lace up the skates?
The salary cap era has certainly put a stop to dynasties and the stacking of talent on a single team. Gone are the days of the Islanders or Oilers of the 1980s, the Montreal Canadiens of the 1970s and 1950s, and even the Pittsburgh Penguins of the early 1990s.
Teams these days are lucky to have a handful of All-Stars, while teams back in the day had lines full of Hall of Famers.
The standards for greatest have certainly changed, and modern era teams certainly have trouble stacking up to these dynamos.
With so many impressive teams over the years, it was nearly impossible to pinpoint an order for the 50 Greatest Stanley Cup Champions of All Time, but I gave it a go.
I look forward to your feedback and discussing some of the great teams in the history of the NHL. Thanks for reading.