Stanley Cup Droughts: Leafs, Kings, Blues—Who Ends Theirs First?

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Stanley Cup Droughts: Leafs, Kings, Blues—Who Ends Theirs First?
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In the spring of 1967 the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens to become Stanley Cup champions. That next fall the NHL added six expansion teams that included the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings.

Of all the teams that began play in the expanded 1967 season only the Blues, Kings and Maple Leafs have failed to win the Stanley Cup in the years since. That means these three teams have gone the longest without winning a championship. 

There have been some close calls and near misses but all three franchises are mired in a serious Stanley Cup drought. 

Winning the Cup is the ultimate mountain to climb in the hockey world. To get there you have to have shrewd management, good timing and some good luck.  

That is something all three of these teams have lacked for periods of time since 1967.

As training camps open around the NHL, which of these three starving franchise is closest to winning the Stanley Cup?

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