An NHL player does not have to win the Stanley Cup to be a great or HoF-worthy player. Players like Peter Stastny, Mike Gartner, Brad Park and many others prove that.
Being cup-less is a source of criticism for some players, like Alex Ovechkin, as a way of saying they're not as great as other players who have won cups.
Winning a Stanley Cup is a team effort though, so it isn't fair to judge players based on whether or not they have won a cup.
However, it does help with one's legacy.
After all, some players may not even be considered among the top current players today without their championship rings.
So, sometimes a Stanley Cup can make or break a player's legacy. Let's take a look at some of today's the top stars who are without a cup and see who would have a greater legacy with one and for whom it wouldn't make a difference.