Who Will Win the Stanley Cup in 2012

It’s not too early to start thinking about the upcoming NHL season with the new Jersey Devils signing Zach Parise to a one year contract and also trading forward Brian Rolston to the new York Islanders for forward Trent Hunter, things are in motion for some improvements, but not enough to get the Devils into a major position to win this coming year.

Will the Boston Bruins repeat? of course it’s difficult to do so, but even more so with the Delaware North owned Bruins. of course, all that needs to happen is for Marc Savard to get hot again and away we go.

Who is the best team? it would be easy to make a case for Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. Defenseman Karl Alzner re-signed, as did C Mathieu Perrault. they also picked up veteran goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who took a discount so he could play on a Stanley Cup contender. plus, the Capitals are poised to win for a long time. they are not one shot wonders. they are overdue for a win, and Washington DC is overdue for a winning sports team.

Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning make a good case, but they seem to be up and down from season to season. they signed Teddy Purcell and center Tom Pyatt, but the loss of Chris Drury to the new York Rangers leaves a big hole in the lineup. I’m thinking that next year, despite the fact that Florida will be hot, the Lightning won’t catch fire the way they did this past year.

The Vancouver Canucks are a fan favorite. Jannik Hansen, last year’s unsung hero is back. of course, their most exciting signing is veteran Andrew Ebbett, most recently of the Phoenix Coyotes. not exactly a difference maker, but then again, the Canucks really don’t need anyone. they are that good already. look for them to be back in the finals though.

It’s always good to see the Pittsburgh Penguins, with their new stadium, on a roll. Sidney Crosby will be back, and Evgeni Malkin is making special efforts in Moscow to get ready for the season.

Then again, the new York Rangers have signed former Dallas Star Brad Richards, and are looking to be in pretty good shape with the addition of Chris Drury as well. But are they ready to make the jump into the big time? I don’t think so.

The nice thing about the NHL is that, at the beginning of the season, 1/3 of the teams are legitimate contenders and 2/3 of the teams have a shot at catching lightning (not the Tampa Bay type) in the bottle. But this year, I’m going to be conservative, and pick one of the top three teams going into the season. I’m picking the Washington Capitals to win the Stanley cup in June 2012 in a 6 game final against the Vancouver Canucks.

Who Will Win the Stanley Cup in 2012

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