Cup victory will bust long slump for one finalist

cupfan.jpgThis year’s Cup winner will raise the Cup with a sense of triumph just like any other, but the franchise itself might utter a sigh of relief when they’re not screaming their lungs out. The reason is simple: regardless of who wins, someone will end up busting a serious Stanley Cup slump.

For the last two years, there’s almost been a been-there done-that mentality for the champions. The Pittsburgh Penguins won their third Cup and it hadn’t been too long since their last time while the Detroit Red Wings took their eleventh the season before. Overall, only eight different NHL franchises raised the Cup since 1993.

Whether it’s the Habs, Flyers, Sharks or Blackhawks, there’s no doubt that winning it all will be a special (and unique) feeling for the winner. TSN expands on this point.

The Blackhawks have not won since 1961, a stretch six years longer than that of the playoff-challenged Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Philadelphia Flyers changed the face of hockey and their opponents, using intimidation to win the Cup way back in 1975.

It’s been 17 years since the Montreal Canadiens had a parade down Rue Ste.-Catherine, which is an eternity for the most storied franchise in the league.

And while the San Jose Sharks have yet to win the Cup since joining the NHL in 1991, with recent playoff failures, some feel the organization is overdue to win their first title.

The Blackhawks and Flyers had a single Stanley Cup Finals run in them during the 90s; both teams were crushed. As you may remember, Chicago once had a loaded roster that included the likes of Jeremy Roenick and a goaltending duo of Ed Beflour and Dominik Hasek while Philadelphia was powered by Eric Lindros and the Legion of Doom line. The Habs haven’t been this close to Cup glory since Patrick Roy helped them win it in 1993 while the Sharks were defeated in the Western Conference Finals by the once-hot Calgary Flames.

So if you’re looking for jaded fans who “act like they’ve been there before,” you’re watching the wrong sport. At least this year.

Flames acquire Freddie Hamilton, brother of Dougie

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Roughly three months after acquiring Dougie Hamilton, the Calgary Flames have brought his brother on board too.

Freddie Hamilton was pried away from the Colorado Avalanche for the cost a 2016 conditional seventh-round draft pick, per the Avalanche’s website. The Flames announced that he will report to AHL Stockton.

Freddie, who is the older of the two at 23, is a center that excelled offensively in the OHL and has chipped in at the AHL level. However, he has just one point in 29 contests with Colorado and the San Jose Sharks.

This is obviously not a big trade, but perhaps Freddie will eventually become a solid member of the Flames’ supporting cast. If nothing else, it didn’t cost Calgary much to reunite the brothers. The duo previously played together with the Niagara IceDogs.

Fabbri primed to make Blues in significant role

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With the start of the regular season just around the corner, it looks like Robby Fabbri will not only make his NHL debut on Thursday, but also get meaningful minutes.

During Sunday’s practice the 19-year-old forward played alongside Jori Lehtera and Jaden Schwartz. Nothing is set in stone, but that combination did gel.

“I think we want to look at what the combinations look like now rather than do it at the start of the season,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “We’re looking at a hard match line and we’re also looking at taking advantage of speed and skill off the rush.

“I really liked what I saw today. I really liked Lehtera’s line, they looked very dynamic off the rush.”

The top line of Alexander Steen, Paul Stastny, and Vladimir Tarasenko seems like a good bet to play together for the time being. Jori Lehtera and Jaden Schwartz will stick together on the second line while Dmitrij Jaskin and David Backes can expect to be regular partners on the third unit. The X-factors will be Fabbri and Troy Brouwer as Hitchcock has left the door open to alternating between the two of them on the second and third line depending on the opponent.

Fabbri was taken with the 21st overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and is looking to make the leap after a brief stint in the AHL last season. At the OHL level, he’s been a dominate force with the Guelph Storm, scoring 25 goals and 51 points in 30 games in 2014-15.