NHL Teams of the Decade from WhatIfSports.com

March 3rd, 2010 by WhatIfSports.com Leave a reply »
What do Martin Brodeur , Eric Staal, and Sidney Crosby have in common?

More than just a gold medal, eh.

Yes, the hat trick of hockey superstars all fashioned gold medals around their necks on Sunday, capping off an Olympic run with a thrilling overtime victory against the United States.

But they've also been key figures for teams familiar with hoisting Lord Stanley's Cup above their head over the last decade.

Brodeur almost single-handedly helped the New Jersey Devils win it all in 2000. He gave up just 1.61 goals per game and saved nearly 93 percent of the shots he saw during the playoffs.

Staal had 14 more goals and 24 more points than any of his teammates during Carolina's run in 2006 and led the Hurricanes with 28 more points in the playoffs.

Crosby had a little more help, combining with Evgeni Malkin, to help the Pittsburgh Penguins raise the Cup in 2009.

Maybe those teams weren't completely one-dimensional, but they were close to it. That's what earned them a spot amongst the weakest NHL champions of the past decade.

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