With the advent of the salary cap in the vast majority of North American sports, the odds of a player sticking it out from start to finish with the same club are miniscule. But then again, that's nothing new to the NHL. If you look at some of the greatest players in the game, from early-era stars like Howie Morenz and Eddie Shore, to more modern icons such as Gordie Howe, Bobby Orrr, Bobby Hull, Mark Messier and even the Great One, Wayne Gretzky, they all made more than one stop during their Hall of Fame careers.
When it comes to one-team players, the Detroit Red Wings are king. While long-time Detroit captain Steve Yzerman is the all-time leader in goals (692), assists (1063) and points (1755) by a one-team NHLer, his Red Wings teammate Nicklas Lidstrom holds the mark for most games played (1564) by a one-team player in NHL history, as well as league marks for goals (264), assists (878) and points (1142) by a one-team defenseman.
Among forwards, Alex Delvecchio, a Red Wing from 1950-74, played a record 1549 games and held the overall NHL mark for one-team players until it was shattered by Lidstrom.
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There's a theory put forth from the NHL odds that while in pursuit of the Stanley Cup, a team must learn how to lose before they can learn how to win. The Tampa Bay Lightning have certainly been dealt their share of harsh lessons. They lost the 2015 Cup final. They've been to the conference finals three times in five years. But they still haven't lifted Lord Stanley's mug.
Will Jack Hughes be the one, or is it Kaapo Kakko? The NHL entry draft is slated for June 21-22 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The New Jersey Devils hold the first overall selection for the second time in three years. Will they opt for American sensation Jack Hughes? Or has fantastic Finnish finisher Kaapo Kakko shown enough this season to pip Hughes as the post and go No. 1?
The Columbus Blue Jackets have never won a Stanley Cup series in franchise history. The New York Islanders have one playoff series win since 1993. Yet both of these teams are on the brink of advancing to the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Blue Jackets lead the Presidents' Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning 3-0, and the Isles are up 3-0 on the Pittsburgh Penguins.
It's been said that there is no tougher trophy to win in professional sports than the Stanley Cup. Each spring, 16 of the NHL's 31 teams are left standing and set off in pursuit of the coveted Lord Stanley's mug. In 1893, Lord Stanley of Preston, then Governor-General of Canada, donated a cup to be presented to the champions of hockey. It's been the sole property of the NHL since 1926.
Having trouble making sense of the NHL’s
latest Stanley Cup pursuit? Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Though there is no shortage of powerhouses from which to choose, the race is more jumbled than ever. Twenty-one of 30 teams are above .500, which creates a bit of a bettor’s dilemma. But fear not. We’re here to provide some clarity to the NHL’s postseason
fray and general pecking order.