Cup win would change everything

Updated: May 30, 2012, 12:28 AM ET
By John Buccigross | ESPN.com

Somewhere along the line, someone decided that someone's career couldn't be validated without a championship. This is digestible when one is talking about golf, tennis, bowling, the hammer throw or some other individual sport. It's ludicrous when talking about team sports. So, if Ray Bourque and the Avalanche lose Game 7 to the Devils in 2001, Bourque's career is diminished? That seems silly. He was one of a large group.

Not winning a championship is no more the foundation of a team ...

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