Alex Ovechkin and 25 Cup-Less NHL Stars: Does Their Legacy Change with a Cup?

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Alex Ovechkin and 25 Cup-Less NHL Stars: Does Their Legacy Change with a Cup?
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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.

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