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Poll: Which Canadian team will break the country’s Stanley Cup drought?

May 30, 2014, 11:24 AM EDT

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You knew this poll was coming today. The Montreal Canadiens were eliminated last night, meaning that Canada’s Stanley Cup drought — no team has won it since the Habs in 1993 — will continue until at least next season.

Of the seven Canadian teams, there isn’t really one that screams Cup contender. Six of them missed the playoffs this season, and with all due respect to Montreal, there weren’t a ton of people picking the Habs to go as far as they did. Meanwhile…

— Calgary’s still in the early stages of a rebuild.

— Edmonton’s been rebuilding for what seems like forever. And based on last season, plenty of construction remains.

— Ottawa has Erik Karlsson…and financial limitations.

— Toronto still doesn’t have the kind of elite center that Cup-winning teams usually have. Not to mention the kind of stud defenseman.

— Vancouver has a new GM that thinks the Canucks can be turned around “in a hurry.” His opinion, however, is in the minority.

— The Jets have no shortage of talent. What they lack is reliable goaltending.

Our vote? We’re giving it to Montreal. PK Subban and Carey Price are legitimate stars, and both of them are only in their mid-20s. Max Pacioretty and Lars Eller are still young. Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher are even younger.

It’s far from a perfect roster in Montreal. But then, in voting, one has to consider the competition.

  1. fightingwild - May 30, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    I too would have to vote Montreal but only because there was not a none of the above selection. No offense to the neighbors up north but I think the drought will continue for the next twenty years or so. Parity & just plain incompetence in some of the franchises have just destroyed the Canadian chances.

  2. theskinsman - May 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    One of the habs goalies might be traded…The Jets seem to be a likely destination, and it might be enough to get them to the playoffs.

    • rdk - May 30, 2014 at 11:48 AM

      Enjoy Peter Budaj

      • theskinsman - May 30, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        or price…

  3. ducksk - May 30, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    When will a Canadian team win the cup? When there are 6 teams in the league again. #29

  4. sjsblitz - May 30, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Nordiques

    • rdk - May 30, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      Dawson City Nuggets

    • bmy0913 - May 30, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      No Manitoba Mooseheads, no care. :)

  5. bucrightoff - May 30, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    The Canadiens have the one thing the other teams don’t: An elite goaltender. That alone makes them most likely, particularly with the Western teams all nowhere close and the Leafs being the Leafs.

  6. sixchr - May 30, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    It wouldn’t shock me to see Vancouver turn the ship around and be the team to do it.

  7. letsgopens8771 - May 30, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    The first thing I said to myself after reading the title of this article was, “Is this even a question?” No doubt Montreal will be back.

  8. djshnooks - May 30, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    There’s no reason Vancouver cannot turn it around in a year, like the Rangers did.

    • missthemexpos - May 30, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      Canucks elite players on the wrong side of 30.

  9. doknyc - May 30, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    why isnt the a box for “none of the above”?

  10. terrier92 - May 30, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Quebec

  11. hosewater2 - May 30, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    Toronto Dreamers LOL

  12. matthews4 - May 30, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    The smoldering C

  13. gandallk - May 30, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Canada’s team, the Kings.

  14. buckhome - May 30, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Considering it probably won’t happen for another 10 years, I’m passing on picking les Habitants. I’ll go with Calgary who seem to at least realize they’re in a rebuild.

  15. strictlythedanks - May 30, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    The great province of Minnesota, no doubt

    • purpleguy - May 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      Man, you beat me to the punch.

  16. purpleguy - May 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    The best shot is the Wild, provided Canada invades Minnesota.

    • r8rbhawk - May 30, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      Even if they invaded, I am pretty sure the Minnesota National Guard could hold off the entire Canadian army.

      • strictlythedanks - May 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        Jessie the Body Ventura alone

  17. canucks18 - May 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    There is no Canadian drought. The majority of players on every team are Canadian born, so the cup comes to Canada every year boys and girls.

    • flowerdew - May 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      DRW (only team I bothered to check) current 25-man roster: 9 Swedes, 7 from the US, 6 Canadians, 1 Czech, 1 Slovak, 1 Russian. Not even 25%.

  18. matt14gg - May 30, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Quebec Nordiques.

  19. infectorman - May 30, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    eeny meeny miny moe….

  20. prd797 - May 30, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Some obscure expansion markets will win a Cup at least once before another Canadian team does.

  21. jaguar0413 - May 30, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    I voted for the Oilers because why the hell not?

  22. penvik - May 30, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Hopefully none of them. I’m Canadian and at the moment NONE are worthy of sniffing the cup. Chicago, LA, Pittsburgh, Boston for the next 5 yrs. Chicago and Pittsburgh for the next 10yrs. Hopefully just Pittsburgh after that!! The best Canadian and best Russian play for Pitt. Why would we root for anyone else?????

    • atwatercrushesokoye - May 30, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      You keep talking about the Penguins but I’ll ask again now what I asked you last night: what have the Pens done since 2009 to show that they deserve to be anywhere near a conversation about the Stanley Cup?

      And “the best Canadian” hasn’t shown up in a big game since the 2010 Olympics and even then he was horrible in that tournament, he just managed to take a shot on net that should have been stopped. The media has just invested too much time in trying to make him “Gretzky 2.0″ for them to admit that he’s just a really good player who should be in the conversation for top 5 in the game, not of all time, top 5 in the game now.

  23. jernster21 - May 30, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Montreal



    Edmonton
    Toronto

  24. Jackson Scofield - May 30, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Les Nordiques de Qu├ębec

  25. papajack1259 - May 30, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    The Canadians have a lot to think about this off season Vanek, Briere Markova,Gionta Weaver all unrestricted Free agents they have to sign a goalie price is worth 6.5 mill a year till 2018 Budjai is also….keep Tasoski trade for who half the team is gone…Subban is a restricted Free Agent and will demand big bucks they can not keep them all Not mentioning Weise Ellen and white
    They have a lot of money to spend and like all losing franchises they have been cheap. lets see if this “taste” of post season changes that

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 30, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      Just a quick note… Briere is not a free agent. He signed a two year deal so that’s $4 million that the Habs don’t have to spend. Subban will get 7+ easy and I’d imagine they re-up Gionta for something around $4 mil. Vanek seems like a sure bet to test the market. Meanwhile if they keep Markov he’s gonna command 5-6 per. That’s about 16 of their 26 million free on just three players… and that’s with conservative estimations for Markov ($5), Subban ($7), and Gionta ($4). $10 million to re-up their minor free agents and scavenge the marketplace isn’t a ton of free space. I’d expect Bergevin to go the trade route to fill most needs.

      Montreal is clearly the closest Canadian team right now but they’re really not a legitimate Cup threat the way they’re currently constructed.

  26. madmax80 - May 30, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Their best bet might be imperialism. Detroit isn’t that far from the border. Given the economy in DET, the US Gov’t might actually just let Canada have the city.

    It wouldn’t take more than a few Mounties to take it over.

  27. stakex - May 30, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    This is a hard guess to make. On the surface its pretty obvious that Montreal is the only Canadian team that’s even in the discussion about winning a cup right now. Given the current balance of power in the league though, its not likely Montreal actually does win it any time soon. As such by the time a Canadian team finally does win another Cup, all of these teams might have a radically different look…. meaning that any one of them could be the team to put it together, rise from the depths, and win it all.

  28. c9castine - May 31, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    i think calgary will be competitive for a playoff spot next year and for the cup within 3-5 years. thats as good a chance as any canadian team right now.

  29. dubblelznhell - May 31, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Montreal has made the ECF twice in the last 5 years, and it was more realistic of them this year to make it to the SCF than in 2010 against the Flyers….

    They’ll get in sometime soon if they can keep their core youth intact.

  30. dubblelznhell - May 31, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    I also like Calgary if they can learn to finish games. They lost like 40 games last year by one goal.

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