Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford knows what it takes to win a Stanley Cup. His team shocked the hockey world by winning it in 2006.
He believes any of the 16 teams in this year’s bracket could win the Cup.
“With goaltending and getting on a run at the right point, I think any team that’s in this year has a chance to win that Cup,” he told the Globe and Mail. “A legitimate chance. With the parity in the league now, anybody can win.”
But it helps to have certain qualities heading into the postseason.
“You have to have exceptional goaltending.” Rutherford said. “You also have to have a team that really believes in each other. But the key factors are the coach, the goalie and being very strong down the middle.”
During the last eight springs, eight different teams won it all: New Jersey, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Anaheim, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Boston.
Would anybody be surprised if Los Angeles or Philadelphia won this year, based on what we’ve already seen?