Cale Makar can occasionally make your jaw drop off the ice, too.

The Colorado Avalanche defenseman attended the Stanley Cup Final media day recently when he was asked about the matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning, a team seeking a three-peat.

"Obviously, they're a team that's looking to become a dynasty, and we're a team that's looking to start a legacy," Makar said. "You want to beat the best to be the best."

I mean, that's perfect.

"You couldn't write it up any better, honestly," Makar said.

Have the Avalanche, with this Stanley Cup championship, started their legacy?

"We certainly hope so," general manager Joe Sakic told me on the ice in Tampa after Game 6, as his players snapped photos with their loved ones and Lord Stanley's Cup.

Burnaby Joe's optimism is not misplaced. Colorado's legacy has begun with this Cup, and there are plenty of reasons why the Avalanche are just getting started -- despite some immediate challenges.

"Right now we're going to enjoy this and then we've got some work to do," Sakic said. "But we have some tremendous players. We're hoping we can start something the way Tampa did. That's who we want to become. Trying to sustain what they just did."

Sakic repeated this thought a few times: When it comes to legacy building, there's something intrinsic about having beaten a dynastic team in the hopes of starting one themselves.

"Tampa is who we're trying to be," he said. "To have the opportunity to play them in the finals and knock off the champ made this even more special to this group."

The last team to three-peat was the 1983 New York Islanders. The team they defeated that year was the team that would unseat them in 1984: the Edmonton Oilers. When Makar speaks about the Avalanche becoming the best by beating the best, there are echoes of Wayne Gretzky's words after the Oilers dethroned the Islanders, and the emulation that occurred for Edmonton's players.