NHL: 12 Best Active Players Who Have Not Won a Stanley Cup
As the evenings start to slowly cool here in Pittsburgh, I noticed a few things. For starters, I must be oblivious to the world. How did I manage to not notice this earthquake everyone is carrying on about?? Secondly, and much more importantly, hockey is just around the bend!!!
If that does not get you excited, then read no further. Nothing I say will make you care about this list. Seriously. "G'wan, git!"
OK, if you stayed past that pseudo-sentence then you are the real deal. Clearly this list is for you.
Winning the Stanley Cup means everything to a hockey player. It literally can define some player's careers.
Even as fans, we have a small taste of what it means. Clearly, it is the coolest trophy and ceremony in all of sports. But winning a Stanley Cup goes beyond that. Hell, I once waited in line for four and half hours in line at the Civic Arena to touch it (it is safe to say my playing career is not going to take off at this point in my life so I did not mess anything up with the Hockey Gods).
While it is no less true in other sports, winning the Cup makes someone immortal. The names carved into its silver makeup a "who's who" of the sport's crowning moments. Where else can you find Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier alongside Jim Paek or Jay Caufield?
Now, this list could easily go to 20 or even 25 players and still be filled with deserving players. I wanted a challenge, and hopefully some discussion on the matter though. Stopping at 12 was my way of hopefully kicking that up.
So as we look at the 12 best active players that have not won a Stanley Cup, take time to think who would be on your list. Surely some of them would still be. But maybe you think Jason Spezza deserves a nod or perhaps someone like Dwayne Roloson or Kimmo Timmonen are on your list.
Regardless, let me know what you think. There are definitely some guys being left off this list that deserve to be mentioned.
Shane Doan may not be someone that jumps to mind when you think of players for this list, but he is very deserving. With over 1,100 regular season games and over 1,000 regular season PIMs, he has been a solid player for a long time.
If that does not win you over, realize that he played for the Winnipeg Jets! In about a month, that statement will not mean what it once did in terms of longevity, but regardless, Mr. Doan deserves his chance.
Rick Nash has been with Columbus since the start. They have basically gone nowhere since, despite having a nice arena and excellent area for atmosphere before and after games.
Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski have been added to the Blue Jackets amid reports of the team losing millions of dollars each season.
Despite the financial peril, Nash is the type of player that can put you over the top, but the trouble is getting anywhere close to it.
Before he was a guy with a controversial contract, Ilya Kovalchuk was considered one of the best snipers in the game. Last season in New Jersey did not start how he envisioned it.
If the Devils did not have the slump of all slumps to start the season, they likely would have made the playoffs and then who knows. I know that I will not count the Devils out until Martin Brodeur retires, so Kovalchuk may get himself off this list yet.
Shea Weber won a gigantic arbitration award this past offseason. If Nashville hopes to secure his services long term, they are going to have to prove that they can win as well.
One way or the other, Weber is going to find himself in a situation where he competes for the Cup. It is up to the Predators front office if it is with them or not.
Joe Thornton has carried a lot of the San Jose Sharks franchise's baggage on his back during his time there. In recent years, they have moved closer, but still not quite to the Cup level.
Thornton's talent cannot be disputed. Will a Cup cement his legacy before he hangs them up?
Ryan Miller has a career .915 save percentage in the regular season. His career playoff save percentage is .917.
This guy wants to win a cup, and he now has a guy with a few billion ways to try and help signing the checks.
When the captain of a hockey team is traded, it is clear that the organization wants to go in a different direction. While the Flyers may have restocked the shelves for the near future, Mike Richards wants to win a Stanley Cup now.
Can he be the final piece that brings some flash and a hunk of silver to Tinseltown? Time will tell.
Steven Stamkos is a perennial candidate for just about every trophy a forward can win. Add to that a big contract extension and cover-dude for EA Sports' NHL 12.
A Stanley Cup would top that all off quite nicely for a guy that I think resembles Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Seriously, Google it.
Jarome Iginla has spent his entire career in Calgary, racking up over 1,100 regular season games and over 1,000 regular season points.
As he enters his mid-30s, time starts to become a factor if he is to make it back to the Finals for the first time since 2004.
Henrik and Daniel Sedin
It probably is cheating a bit to lump the Sedin twins together on the list, but hey, they have set themselves up a package deal their whole career.
These guy are incredibly talented, but do they have what it takes to get that one more win to glory?
Alexander Ovechkin has a hockey resume that nearly any player would kill for. But he would trade it all for the Stanley Cup.
His team has reloaded and seems serious about making a deep playoff run. Maybe the 2012 version of this list will no longer have Ovie at the top of it.