Alex Ovechkin: Greatest player without a Stanley Cup?

Chris Lingebach
May 24, 2018 - 5:16 pm

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With Alex Ovechkin reaching his first Stanley Cup Final, he may be the greatest player in NHL history still without a Cup, John Feinstein says.

"Right now, I think you can make the case he's the greatest player in NHL history without a Stanley Cup," Feinstein told The Junkies on 106.7 The Fan. "So it would be kind of cool to see a guy who I think is in the Top 10 of all-time great players.

"I mean, guys might go way back and say, 'No, he's not in the Top 10. He's in the Top 15 or Top 20.' But he's somewhere in there and it would be cool to see him win the Stanley Cup. It'll be a fun series to watch. The last two games, frankly, weren't very tension-filled. They were one-sided. The Caps dominated. Holtby did what he had to do. And good for them. Good for them."

It wasn't until Ray Bourque's final NHL season (2001), his 22nd in the league, that he was finally able to hoist the Stanley Cup. There are certainly others, too, Hall of Fame-caliber players -- like the Sedin twins (Henrik and Daniel), Roberto Luongo, Jarome Iginla, Henrik Lundqvist and Ryan Smyth -- who have  retired without winning the Cup.

But Ovechkin may be in a class all his own.

"I am a sports fan, in addition to being a reporter, and this Stanley Cup Final is a great story, looking at it both ways," Feinstein said. "You have a team that's existed for 43 years, or played for 43 years, and has never won the Cup, and you have a team that's played for about 15 minutes and never won the Cup."

"You've got George McPhee coming back to general manage against his old team with the team that he's put together out there in Vegas," he said. "And, look, the Caps have been through all sorts of terrible disappointments and they came through when they had to. They got down 3-2, and Braden Holtby dug in and was literally perfect for two games."

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