NHL 2018 Stanley Cup Reaction: Alex Ovechkin Becomes a Legend

On June 7th, 2018 Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin earned his place amongst the greatest to ever play the game by winning the NHL Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe trophy.

Yes, Alex Ovechkin was already an NHL legend. He was already a top 100 player. But he didn’t have that one thing that truly defines a players greatest; he didn’t win the NHL Stanley Cup.

For 13 years it’s eluded him. Through 607 goals and 1122 career NHL points in 1003 NHL regular season games. Through seven Rocket Richard trophies as the league’s top scorer and three other NHL MVP awards. The Stanley Cup eluded Ovechkin.

It’s the one thing that stands in the way of a players greatness. We never talk about Marcel Dionne and his remarkable 1771 NHL points because he never won a cup. He’s a truly great player but he’s never won a cup.

Whether that’s a fair indictment of a players career or not doesn’t matter. That’s the reality of the situation. Without a cup, were you truly a legend?

By winning the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe trophy Alex Ovechkin did just that. He’s now become the legend he already was.

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NHL Free Agent Update: Evander Kane Signs and John Carlson Update

NHL Free Agent’s Evander Kane and John Carlson are at the center of our discussion. Was Kane’s deal worth it and where is Carlson going in July?

It isn’t the NHL free agent period yet, but we’re already seeing movement amongst some of them. Evander Kane has signed a seven-year $49 million deal with the San Jose Sharks. Is it worth it?

After scoring 54 points between the Buffalo Sabres and the San Jose Sharks Kane had his second most productive season. Add five points in nine playoff games, and it seems like the Sharks got a good deal.

But then you remember that two years ago Kane put up 35 points in 65 games played. Sure some years he can be productive, but some years he doesn’t. Hopefully, the Sharks don’t get any of those years out of Kane.

Carlson to Toronto

The two other guys on the show think that John Carlson stays with the Washington Capitals. I think he leaves. And the Toronto Maple Leafs is the top destination, in my mind.

They have a ton of cap space and all we’ve heard is that the Maple Leafs are a number one defender away from being true contenders. John Carlson is that guy.

NHL 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Conn Smythe Favorites

Were only in the Conference Finals of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, but who should be the Conn Smythe favorite at this point?

Sidney Crosby has won the Conn Smythe trophy for the last two seasons. For the last two years, Crosby was declared the most valuable player in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. This year won’t have a chance at a three-peat.

So who takes it in 2018? Could it be either Alex Ovechkin or Steven Stamkos?

 

Alex Ovechkin | Washington Capitals

With 17 points in 13 playoff games, Alex Ovechkin has finally led his team to the conference finals. Something that he hasn’t be able to do in his NHL career. He was also the primary reason the Capitals were finally able to get past the Pittsburgh Penguins. If you’re looking for narrative and right of passage, he deserves the Playoff MVP Award.

Steven Stamkos | Tampa Bay Lightning

Stamkos is a huge reason the Tampa Bay Lightning were able to shake off that crushing game one defeat to the Boston Bruins in the second round. With four points in the final three games of the series, Stamkos pushed his team to four straight wins over the Bruins and book the Lightning’s third trip to the conference finals in four years. Without him, the Lightning might be on the golf course rather than fighting for a Stanley Cup.

NHL Sign, Trade, Waive: The Swedish, Russian, Free Agents

If you had to sign, trade, or waive one of three NHL players, who would you pick and why?

On this week’s show we tried out a new feature called Sign, Trade, Waive. Where we ask each other, and you, what NHL player you’d sign, which one you’d trade away, and which one you’d waive? It sounds easy, but when you’re confronted with the question and three really good NHL players it’s anything but.

This week we all had a trio of players and all had a theme:

mitchMitch – Unrestricted Free Agents

James van Riemsdyk | Toronto Maple Leafs
Evander Kane | San Jose Sharks
David Perron | Vegas Golden Knights

All three have similar output, are of similar age, and are at similar crossroads in their NHL careers. Which one do you keep? And which one is worthless?

harperHarper – Swedish Defensemen

Oliver Ekman-Larsson | Arizona Coyotes
Victor Hedman | Tampa Bay Lightning
Erik Karlsson | Ottawa Senators

If you had to pick a number one Swedish defenseman who would take from the three? Even if you waive OEL, you still have to make a decision between Karlsson and Hedman. Which do you value more?

darcynewDarcy – Russian Big Name Forwards

Nikita Kucherov | Tampa Bay Lightning
Evgeni Malkin | Pittsburgh Penguins
Alex Ovechkin | Washington Capitals

Kucherov has the youth. But Ovie has the cannon of a shot and the body of a beast. And Malkin is just good at everything. Literally everything. So which one do you waive?