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Poll: Which team will win its first Stanley Cup next?

Jun 12, 2012, 12:08 AM EDT

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The first Stanley Cup championship in Los Angeles Kings history leaves 12 current NHL franchises without a championship of their own.

Following is the list, with the year each team joined NHL in brackets:

—- St. Louis Blues (1967)
—- Buffalo Sabres (1970)
—- Vancouver Canucks (1970)
—- Washington Capitals (1974)
—- Phoenix Coyotes (1979)
—- San Jose Sharks (1991)
—- Ottawa Senators* (1992)
—- Florida Panthers (1993)
—- Nashville Predators (1998)
—- Winnipeg Jets (1999)
—- Minnesota Wild (2000)
—- Columbus Blue Jackets (2000)
*modern era

None of us are fortune tellers, but just for fun, which team do you think will be the next to break its drought?

Feel free to share your reasoning in the comments section. For example: “The Sabres, because their owner’s loaded and doesn’t mind spending money.” Or: “The Blues, because they’ve got a great young nucleus.” Or: “The Blue Jackets, because [some crazy reason].”

  1. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    The Wild sign Zach Parise and Ryan Suter this summer.

    Next summer shed the contracts of Nicklas Backstrom, Matt Cullen, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard and take a risk by signing Sidney Crosby.

    By then Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund will be super stars and Matt Hackett will be better than average between the pipes.

    Your 2014-15 Stanley Cup Champion Minnesota Wild!!!

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:25 AM

      If the Jets don’t win it, I’m right there with ya, GMSM.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:45 AM

        You know, come to think of it, everyone who wanted realignment should cheer on Minnesota representing the Northwest Division vs the Winnipeg Jets representing the Southeast division. Both teams within 800 miles and playing on the central time zone.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 12, 2012 at 11:27 PM

        Lol 54 thumbs down so far. So much hate for a team who’s caused so little harm or consternation to anyone else, aside from the freak 2003 run.

  2. stakex - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Its going to be either the Capitals or the Canucks.

    Obviously the Caps have to be on this list. First of all, they have Ovechkin and no longer have Semin, which are both huge positives. For all the greif he gets when the Caps lose in the playoffs, Ovechkin has a very impressive playoff record. He wants a cup…. bad, and its hard to see him being denied forever. On the other hand, the Caps were pretty much wasting $7 million on a year on Semin. If he played to even half his potential in the playoffs over the last few years, the Caps might have already won a cup. They also seem to have found themselves a solid goaltender, another issue for the Caps over the last few years. Who knows what direction they will head in this offseason, or what coach they will hire… but they do have quite a bit of cap space to work with and one would have to think the caps will be a contender for the near future.

    As for the Canucks, its pretty simple. They have a really good team that just can’t seem to get over the hump. A large part of that has (perhaps had?) to do with Luongo. There is little doubt he has cost this team at least one cup. If he goes this offseason, and the Canucks find a solid replacement… look for them to get a cup favorite going into this season.

  3. greej1938l - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    I Would Say Wild, but 12 teams still… Dang…that’s high

  4. letsgosjsharks - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    San Jose! If they sign a new goalie

  5. blueblood86 - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    Rangers or Bruins

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:23 AM

      Perhaps you didn’t quite understand the question.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:42 AM

      Lakers or Lions….wait what’s the question???

    • ballistictrajectory - Jun 12, 2012 at 7:20 AM

      Tuesday.

    • govtminion - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      Nachos.

  6. zinfman - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    I would probably guess the Blues. Both the Blues and Canucks had excellent hockey clubs ( as did the Rangers)
    Too bad we didn’t get to see excellent hockey in the playoffs.

    • sjshark714 - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      the thing about the blues is that I feel like there wasn’t a WHOLE lot of difference between the team that finished with 109pts this year and the one that finished with 87 the year before. The differences were all intangibles instilled by a great coach, and after falling short of their huge expectations they could easily lose that mindset and fall back to where they were last year.

  7. cosanostra71 - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Blue Jackets, clearly.

  8. mianfr - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    Yeah, twelve teams is a ton… 40% of the league has yet to win the only thing that really counts… Granted, the list skews heavily toward more recent franchises, but still.

  9. nysdoh - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    I would say the Sabres… if needs in size and leadership could be addressed (although Pomminvile is a good captain,) but I’ll go with the Canucks given their ability to score and the fact that Luongo is soon to play in the US.

  10. east96st - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    Turns out the Mayans were right. At the end of the year, all of North America is wiped away – with the lone exception of Columbus. We thought the Blue Jackets were the punishment for our sins, but it turns out we get to suffer through a barren world with no escape from the monotony of Columbus, as well. On the upside, the Jackets win the Cup, by default. They lose it the following year when a Columbus High School team figures out that Steve Mason is still the starting goalie, which means they have a 50-50 shot at a sweep.

    • govtminion - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      I’m govtminion, and I approve this hilarity.

  11. hockeyflow33 - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    You left out a choice for N/A

  12. xxakshunxx - Jun 12, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    San Jose will win it because.. Just because

  13. murtdurt - Jun 12, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    Lol at the minny fan taking more bath salts then dudes in Miami. Where are they finding the cap to fit suter, parise AND Crosby under the cap?! That’s not even mentioning the fact that NONE of those guys even want to sign there…ever! Maybe the jokes on me and he was making the most sarcastic post on NBC sports talk ever! If that’s the case well done

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      Actually both Parise and Suter do have ties to Minnesota. Minnesota has cap space for both. The reason Minnesota traded Nick Schultz to a division rival for Tom Gilbert. Gilbert played college hockey at Wisconsin with Suter, who’s wife is also from Minnesota. Gilbert played youth hockey with Parise, who also owns a house in the Twin Cities where his dad played for Minnesota.

      Minnesota next summer sheds the contracts of Backstrom (6.5 million), Cullen (3.5 million), and Bouchard (4.2 million). I think they could get Crosby for 14 million a year, or perhaps a little less. If you wanna keep going Heatley’s 8 million comes of the following summer.

      • bethgoesglobal - Jun 14, 2012 at 2:14 AM

        Enough already with the Crosby nonsense!! Why would the Wild want him?? So far it looks like no one will insure him, and Why Would They!! I don’t even think the Pens should sign him with a long-term deal. Luckily, I think Sid would be alright with a juicy 3-yr deal knowing that as long as he stays relatively healthy (essentially barring any concussion issues) they’ll then give him the big one.
        I like the idea of both Suter and Parise but I just don’t think it’s realistic. I think they should go for Suter and then sign Semin to a decent, but short term contract. Actually, I’d prefer seeing Weber over Suter but that’s even less likely to happen.

  14. xjokerz - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    What’s with people naming off trash teams like the wild ? Blue jackets without Nash … Really? Don’t be fools. Wings will easily win it with year ESP after they sign suter parise and semin

    • ThatGuy - Jun 12, 2012 at 9:41 AM

      What’s with people naming teams that have won multiple cups on a post about who will win their first Stanley Cup next. Notice how it doesn’t say who will win the next stanley cup?

      Please feel free to go hang your head in shame.

  15. schuckme - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:30 AM

    Gotta say its gonna look a whole lot like Philly, sure the two big pieces were dealt and ended up winning the cup but dont forget they got a huge coup in both the carter/richards trades.. this is a team full of talent if they manage to pick up a stud D man (suter? weber?) to replace pronger all bets are off dont forget this group of 19, 20 yr olds knocked off the pens who were odds on faves to win it all, they got a taste and now w/ that experience under their belts their gonna be even more hungry and will do some serious damage..

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 12, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      Except they have next to no cap room to sign anybody

  16. schuckme - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:37 AM

    my apologies i thought the title read which team will win the stanley cup next.. stupid, stoopid me, however its been since 1975 when the flyers last won anyways so yeah its been quite awhile for em that it would feel like their first lol

  17. kitshky - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:41 AM

    Ya know, I’ve long suspected that a large percentage of ones commenting on here don’t actually bother to read the article before spouting off on the subject…. interesting to see my suspicions proved true.

  18. thedavesiknowiknow - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:55 AM

    Buffalo is a fired G.M. away from a cup, literally (that may or may not ever happen). A few smart moves from St. Louis and they’re a legit contender for years to come as well. Those would be my top 2 in the near future.

    Vancouver, San Jose, Washington: Hip choices every year: I see no sign any of them will get it right anytime soon.

    If I had to choose a dark-horse here- it would be Nashville. That weighs entirely on what happens in the next couple months there. That organization could just as easily be sent back to the “have-nots” depending on the agents of one or two guys.

  19. michiganhockey11 - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    You guys talking about Parise all forget he has openly expressed his interest in playing in Detroit.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      He’s said the same thing about Minnesota. Your point is…?

    • ravenscaps48 - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      Exactly!…. But…. Can a brotha dream?

  20. ballsohardu - Jun 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Buffalo. Great ownership in place

  21. govtminion - Jun 12, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Quebec.

    …oh WHAT? You all were thinking it!

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