We’re not knocking the Toronto Maple Leafs, but we would like to go on the record and proclaim the longest Stanley Cup dry spell (54 years by the New York Rangers, from 1940 to 1994) will fall by the wayside in the next decade.
The Maple Leafs have the horses to end their 52-year skid either this year or in the next two, but it’s unlikely that all of Toronto, St. Louis, Buffalo and Vancouver will win a Cup in the next seven years. That’s just unlikely to happen in a 31-team league. Those four teams are all within six years of equalling the Rangers’ dubious distinction.
In fact, don’t be surprised if 30 years from now a half-dozen teams have usurped the Rangers’ 54 years – and maybe one or two or three of them have surpassed 70 years. Almost half the league have Stanley Cup droughts of 25...
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Brian Costello joined The Hockey News in 1990 when the likes of Bruce Boudreau, Randy Carlyle and Joel Quenneville were players, not coaches. Costello covered major junior hockey for five seasons before getting called up to THN. He likes to focus his attention on pre- and post-NHL careers, following closely the progress of the draft, up-and-coming prospects and fancying himself a Hall of Fame expert.