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by Paul on 04/22/11 at 05:30 PM ET
from Dave Caldwell of the New York Times,
Having a previous Cup winner on a Cup-winning team is not a decades-old tradition, but it is a recent trend. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, every team that has won the Stanley Cup since 1990 has had at least one player who had won the Cup.
Before 3 p.m. Feb. 28, the trading deadline, the Capitals, who can eliminate the Rangers from the playoffs Saturday, had only one Cup winner: Mike Knuble, 38, a right wing who appeared in three playoff games for the Detroit Red Wings in 1998. Then they acquired Arnott, the stoic 6-foot-5 veteran who scored the Cup-winning goal for the Devils against the Dallas Stars in 2000. The Caps were good, but Arnott has given them the kind of boost that cannot be measured.
“He’s won a Stanley Cup,” Washington forward Jason Chimera said.
He added: “He’s done a lot of things. He’s been in the league for 1,200 games. He brings a lot of leadership, brings a lot of poise for the younger guys. A lot of the older guys can talk, like me and Hannan,” referring to defenseman Scott Hannan, “but when you’ve won something, it adds another dimension, I think. He knows how to win.”
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