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STANLEY PARK

Published on February 8th 2014

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Since the turn of the century, four Canadian teams have played for the Stanley. Calgary (2004), Edmonton (2006), Ottawa (2007) and Vancouver (2011) all played and lost to American teams. The last Canadian team to win (Montreal 1993) was not a historically strong team, meaning the last team of top quality was the dynasty team in Edmonton (1983-1990).

Since 2000, Vancouver has lost in the finals (1), lost in round two (4) and lost in round one (5), meaning the Canucks missed the playoffs only three times. Vancouver is currently outside the second season at the Olympic break, sitting one point out of the playoffs (in 10th place). The Canucks have made it to the second round five times in 13 seasons since 2000 spring.

Since 2000, Ottawa has made it to the finals (1) in this period, lost in round three (1), round two (3) and round one (6) times. Ottawa has missed the playoffs only two times, but are outside currently. Ottawa has made it to the second round five times in 13 seasons since 2000 spring.

The Montreal Canadiens haven't made it to the finals in this period, but did make it to round three (1), round two (3) and round one (4). Montreal has missed the playoffs five times in these 13 seasons, but are on pace to make it this season. Montreal has made it to the second round five times in 13 seasons since 2000 spring.

The Toronto Maple Leafs haven't made it to the finals in this period, but did make it to round three (1), round two (3) and round one (2). Toronto has missed the playoffs seven times in these 13 seasons, but are on pace to make it this season. Toronto has made it to the second round four times in 13 seasons since 2000 spring.

The Calgary Flames made it to the finals once in this period, and also made it to the first round four times. Calgary has missed the playoffs eight times since 2000 spring, and are once again on pace to miss the playoffs this spring. Calgary has made it to the second round once in 13 seasons since 2000 spring.

Edmonton has made it to the finals once in this period, and also made it to round one three additional times. Edmonton has missed the playoffs nine times in 13 seasons since 2000 spring. They are on pace to miss the playoffs this spring. They made it to the second round once in 13 seasons.

Since 2000, Winnipeg hasn't made it to the finals in this period, but did make it to round one in 2007 as the Atlanta Thrashers. Winnipeg has missed the playoffs twelve times in 13 seasons since 2000 spring. The Jets are on pace to miss the playoffs again this spring.

Vancouver's record since 2000 is no screaming hell, but ranks at the top of the Canadian teams (along with Ottawa and Montreal) in the 2000-2013 window of seasons. Their current struggles give another team an opportunity to step up, but it isn't clear who it will be at this time.

Toronto could be that team, but they have problems of their own. Ottawa looked very good before the lockout, and even last season, but the team is fading at this point in time. Winnipeg has some nice things but can't seem to figure out the goaltending (although Paul Maurice seems to be riding Montoya more often these days) and Montreal's coaching and management are a train wreck.

Calgary is starting their rebuild and Edmonton resembles a professional university student—they've fallen in love with the build while losing sight of the point of the build.

For Canadian NHL fans, this is a fallow period. Vancouver's fade offers a chance for another team to fill the void. We wait for that team to emerge.

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