by Patrick Hoffman on 06/05/11 at 09:27 PM ET
On RLD Hockey yesterday, I posted why I think the San Jose Sharks are the best franchise without a Stanley Cup.
You can find it here or quick below:
With 30 teams in the National Hockey League, there are obviously several great franchises that have either deserved to win the Stanley Cup or have had several opportunities to do so only never to cash in on the golden opportunity.
One club that easily fits that model is the San Jose Sharks. Since joining the National Hockey League during the 1991-92 season, the team has had many great regular seasons, many division championships and many appearances in the postseason. The only thing missing: Lord Stanley.
As it turns out, many hockey pundits and fans alike wonder why the Sharks do not have a Cup given the players that have come through. We are talking about guys like Joe Thornton, Owen Nolan, Dan Boyle, Mike Vernon, Jonatahn Cheechoo, Mike Ricci, Evgeni Nabokov, Teemu Selanne, Vincent Damphousse, Gary Suter, Dany Heatley, Patrick Marleau and so on and so forth. All of these players have/had the talent, work ethic and skills that are necessary to help their clubs and yet, when all is said and done, the trophy cupboard is bare.
What is also amazing is how many times this team has been in the postseason. The team’s breakout year was the 2001-02 season when they won their first of six Pacific Division titles. The club even won the Presidents’ Trophy in the 2008-09 season with 53 wins and 117 points, both club records.
With that said, no matter what they have done in the regular season, the playoffs have never seemed to bring them good fortune. There were first and second round exits, lots of seven-game series, a few Western Conference Finals – and yet, nothing to show for it.
This franchise has had it all. They have had great players, solid coaches, many great regular seasons, playoff heartache, individual awards, regular season awards, division championships and some other good things.
Again though, the one thing that is missing for this franchise is the one thing that means everything in hockey: the Stanley Cup.
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