Apr 21, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis (26) against the Carolina Hurricanes during the second period at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Winning The Stanley Cup: What Does It Take?


What are the requirements to win a Stanley Cup? It takes a lot of skill, a ton of perseverance, legendary teamwork, and a little bit of luck. That’s all pretty obvious.

But transitioning from the “clutch and grab” NHL to a more fluid style of play, what kind of player should teams be attempting to draft and develop to ensure a sustainable competitive playoff advantage? The answer to that question isn’t so simple.

Should they be looking for the skill of a Steven Stamkos, the size of a Zedeno Chara, the speed of a Patrick Kane, or the pugilistic tendencies of a Milan Lucic? Honestly, how about all four?

And if you think it’s easy for a GM to assemble this kind of talent, think again. They have to construct a roster within the guidelines of the salary cap after they’ve employed a coaching staff that can engage the minds and hearts of their players.

Then, when they think they have it all figured out, here comes a concussion, a groin pull, or a broken hand to derail their progress.

How far do you think the Bolts are from Stanley Cup contention? What work does Steve Yzerman still need to do for the purpose of strengthening our roster?

One Stanley Cup in twenty years — how close are we to the next one? Leave us a comment and tell us what you think.

Tags: Milan Lucic Patrick Kane Stanley Cup Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning