Pennant Winners 2011

Congratulations to the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins. The two pennant winners for 2011 have rosters that include high draft picks from their own procurement department, depth picks from the same drafting group, and free agent signings, trade acquisitions and deadline rentals.

I’m not certain of the correct formula, but would suggest in today’s cap world draft picks, value contracts, employing veteran NHL players and staying the course are at least part of the equation.

The teams that made the final four (but faded) have done similar things, but have more work to do. In San Jose, they need defensemen who can play and in Tampa Bay they need to be more effective at even strength.

Here are the pennant winners since 1967:

  1. Montreal (11): ’68, ’69, ’71, ’73, ’76-’79, ’86, ’89, ’93
  2. Boston (8): ’70, ’72, ’74, ’77, ’78, ’88, ’90, ’11
  3. Philadelphia (8): ’74, ’75, ’76, ’80, ’85, ’87, ’97, ’10
  4. Edmonton (7): ’83, ’84, ’85, ’87, ’88, ’90, ’06
  5. Detroit (6): ’95, ’97, ’98, ’02, ’08, ’09
  6. New York Islanders (5): ’80, ’81, ’82, ’83, ’84
  7. Chicago (4): ’71, ’73, ’92, ’10
  8. Dallas (4): ’81, ’91, ’99, ’00
  9. New Jersey (4): ’95, ’00, ’01, ’03
  10. Pittsburgh (4): ’91, ’92, ’08, ’09
  11. Calgary (3): ’86, ’89, ’04
  12. New York Rangers (3): ’72, ’79, ’94
  13. St. Louis (3): ’68, ’69, ’70
  14. Vancouver (3): ’82, ’94, ’11
  15. Anaheim (2): ’03, ’07
  16. Buffalo (2): ’75, ’99
  17. Carolina (2): ’02, ’06
  18. Colorado (2): ’96, ’01 
  19. Florida (1): ’96
  20. Los Angeles (1): ’93
  21. Ottawa (1): ’07 
  22. Tampa Bay (1): ’04
  23. Washington (1): ’98
  24. Atlanta
  25. Columbus
  26. Minnesota
  27. Nashville
  28. Phoenix
  29. San Jose
  30. Toronto

Nation Radio hits the airwaves today at Noon on Team 1260. Among the scheduled guests are:

  • Brian Sutherby will be by to talk about injuries during the playoffs and how players often evade telling exactly what’s going on.
  • Ted Wyman from the Winnipeg Sun will discuss the slow moving Thrasher sale to Winnipeg interests. 
  • Craig Button returns, this time to take us through the process of coming up with “the List.” We’ll also talk about the Memorial Cup. 
  • Ian Walker from the Vancouver Sun visits to tell us about the left coast and Vancouver’s humble fans. 
  • Mario Duhamel, coach of the Drummondville Voltigeurs will give us a close up view of Sean Couturier and the kind of player some NHL team will acquire. 
  • Mike Speidel, speeds for oilogosphere readers will drop in to give us his impressions of this year’s draft. Mike is an outstanding handicapper of each season’s NHL draft.

Your emails are welcome at nationradio@theteam1260.com and I look forward to your questions and comments.

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