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To all the over-zealous Leaf fans out there that give the rest of us normal leaf fans a bad name, I present to you this beautifully written article from the Toronto Star that could not prove my point any further.
Now that the Flyers are officially done for the year, I’d like to give a realistic examination of their potential off-season activities.
After last season everyone knew it was time for the leafs to take a step backwards. However, no one predicted they would put themselves this far behind the 8 ball.
After winning the Stanley Cup in 2006, the Carolina Hurricanes have proved the last two seasons that their championship was a fluke. The team has missed the playoffs the last two seasons and look to be a team that is merely middle of the road, in playoff contention only by taking advantage of their placement in a weak division. Despite 24 games against lesser opponents, a gift few teams enjoy, they still missed out and that is not a good sign.
Well, the Maple Leafs saga has since calmed down from the thought of hiring Dave Nonis and the firing of head coach Paul Maurice.
-Here is a bit of enlightment for this Dave Nonis saga. He is apparently not been given the GM position, nor was he to get it, even for a year. The real reason why the Maple Leafs want Nonis is for their long-term plans. They believe that Nonis has the potential to be a great GM in the future and they want to sign him to be an assistant to whoever will be GM now, Cliff Fletcher and the future, possibly Brian Burke.
Believe it or not, the rebuilding process is now complete in Montreal. The last thing that was needed was Play-Off experience and Montreal got just that, in fact, they got 12 games worth which is terrific. Yes, we lost to Philly but I’ll give credit to Philly, they just wanted it more. Congrats.
Looking toward to the Draft, Montreal should be drafting a forward as that is our weakest aspect when it comes to our Prospects. They shouldn’t Draft just any forward but a big forward. Personally, I have 4 in mind:
If you are a Buffalo Sabres fan, you should feel happy that the team is not owned by someone who will be going bankrupt any time soon. What you should not be happy about is the way ownership is going about business to ensure no significant losses.
Tom Golisano, the Sabres owner, has certainly done all he needs to do to save a few dollars. In the meantime, his methods have begun to alienate the loyal fanbase of the team.
Scott Melanby has joined the Vancouver Canucks as an assistant to Mike Gillis. Melanby, 41, Played over 1400 games in the NHL, retireing at the end of the 06-07 season.
Two weeks after the elimination of the Habs by the lucky Flyers, let me ask you a question about the Habs lineup.
After what we saw during the season and the playoffs, do the Canadiens really need to add players to their lineup???
The Boston Bruins have signed a three-year contract extension with forward Chuck Kobasew.
After a few wild offseasons in Edmonton, the Oilers appear willing to stay the course and allow what the team it has now to grow and come together as a team.
With their 4-1 road victory against the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pittsburgh Penguins have taken their third consecutive 3-0 series lead. They swept the Ottawa Senators in Ottawa. They lost Game 4 to the Rangers only to come back and win Game 5 at home. Now they are looking to sweep the Flyers (as Leafy predicted).
The Pens are only the 4th team in NHL history to win 11 of its first 12 playoffs games. The last team to do so? The 1983 Edmonton Oilers, who, interestingly, got swept by the NY Islanders in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Oilers then went on to win the Cup the following year and 4 times in the next 6 years, setting up the NHL’s most recent dynasty.
Now that we are down to just 4 teams, what are your predictions for the Conference Finals and for who will make the Finals and win it all?
The Penguins, the conference’s worst team two years ago, will meet the cross-state Philadelphia Flyers, the conference’s worst team last season, in the first all-Pennsylvania conference final.
The Red Wings, winners of 4 of the past 6 President’s Trophies and in the Semi-Finals back-to-back years, will meet the Dallas Stars, who ousted many people’s picks to win the Cup in the Ducks or Sharks.