PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania – After the third victory of the Pittsburgh Penguins in yet another championship in the Stanley Cup last Sunday, many fans are beginning to suspect that the team is some kind of a dynasty.
This issue in the NHL is not uncommon. It is already a longstanding issue even after the LA Kings got their second crown within three years in 2014. Then, the Chicago Blackhawks was also labeled as a dynasty after they got their third championship crown within six years in 2015.
All-in-all, it seems that there are three franchises that are getting more crowns in the Stanley Cup for the last nine seasons. Some people are already noticing the trend and the league is proving that they are right.
The NHL is often compared with the NBA because of the parity in the teams in each league. However, some fans like the NHL more because of its unpredictability during its playoffs. As of now, the NBA is surely predictable with only two teams dominating both conferences.
But it’s wrong to compare two different leagues and two different sports, though the NHL has its fair share of the dynasty issue just like the NBA. On the other hand, this league is not exactly promoting the NBA-style of dynasty.
In the NFL, any team can lose, but not anyone can get a title. The interesting thing about the NHL is the random picking during the playoffs. However, it should be clear by now that it is not a factor that can stop a team’s domination in a certain era.
The NHL has been a dynasty-driven league even before 1967. Although there are only six teams competing, the Montreal Canadians, the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Detroit Red Wings were obviously the trio which dominated the league from the 40’s to 60’s.
History tells us that expansions and the widening talent pool did nothing to dilute the pattern. Up until now, the trend continues and people are demanding for more unpredictability, but they cannot get that yet. But tomorrow is another day, right? Maybe after this recent Penguins win, parity will finally reign in the league. Maybe there will be no more dynasties or team domination in each era.