Rock Bottom

This season of hockey is going to be a crapshoot. We all knew that well in advance. However, we do know which teams are going to be around the top and which teams will be plugging away at the bottom. These, according to popular opinion, are the bottom five teams who will be fighting for the first overall pick.30. Washington Capitals

Taking up the bottom is the lowly Washington Capitals. Oh, how the might have fallen. Gone are the days of Juneau, Bondra and Iafrate and of course the one fluke wonder Jim Carey. Now they have Ovechkin, a disgruntled defenseman and a disgruntled goalie. They have a team much like the Pittsburgh Penguins a couple of years ago, except minus Lemiuex. Twenty guys who aren’t striking fear into the hearts of anybody, not even their AHL affiliates. It could be worse though… wait, no sorry check that, I’m wrong. The just got hosed by Carolina six nothing and couldn’t stay out of the penalty box. I’d calculate their odds to win the cup but my calculator doesn’t have that many digits…

29. Buffalo Sabres

There are two scary divisions in the NHL right now, the Northwest and the Northeast. Buffalo is jammed into the Northeast and it will be a dogfight to gain ground. Buffalo used to have one of the best lines in hockey with Hawerchuk, LaFontaine and Mogilny. Now? Not so much. Don’t count this team out though; they could be the sleeper hit of the year. They have a tremendous amount of good solid prospects, some of who are just about ready to break out and three of which are goalies. Imagine Buffalo if one of those three turns out to be the next coming of Hasek, a Hasek to turn the fortunes of the team around, brings Buffalo back to its former glory and, for Christ sakes, only retires once.

28. Minnesota Wild

The other super tough division is the Northwest were Minnesota isn’t expected to make much of a splash. A team that defines what it is to trap, clutch and grab there may be some serious growing pains heading into this next year. It’s weird that their hockey team is going to stink the big one this year, Minnesota is the self proclaimed hockey capital of the USA! They actually have a lot of fans. Disappointed fans, but fans none the less. Here’s hoping they can adjust to the new rules.

27. New York Rangers

I know there is a lot of Rangers fan on this site and I don’t want to start a riot but let’s face it, the long and the short of it is that the Rangers are in a rebuilding mode right now and even though they look an awful lot like the Czech national team, they won’t be doing a whole lot this season. If they can get their Czech players interested and get some blood moving through their veins then they have a chance but the usual MO for them is that they have more talent then they know what to do with so they just stop all together. They tend to, albeit not all of them, not have a lot of heart.

26. St. Louis Blues

Pronger is gone. Demitra is gone. MacInnis is retired. Their best player showed up to training camp so fat they suspended him. I have heard reports of being Tkachuk being 25 pounds overweight. I have to tell you, it can’t be that hard to lay off the Doritos when there is 7.6 million dollars riding on it (he has a weight clause in his contract… being fat can be considered a breach of contract if they wanted to go that route). St. Louis is keeping with the old pastime of using other people‚Äôs garbage as their net minders (first Chris Osgood, now Patrick Lalime who was ran out of Ottawa). There is a silver lining though; they have some great prospects coming up with Barret Jackman being one of them (assuming his shoulder is finally healthy). None of this hides the fact that this is a team in tremendous turmoil. Rookie coach, new owners… It may take them a while to get back up to speed.


76 Responses to Rock Bottom

  1. habs79 says:

    Yes and now they have a guy who is a career backup and a goalie who is well past his prime and should really just retire.

  2. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Western Conference

    1. Vancouver Canucks (wins division)

    2. Detroit Red Wings (wins division)

    3. Los Angeles Kings (wins division)

    4. Edmonton Oilers

    5. Dallas Stars

    6. Colorado Avalanche

    7. San Jose Sharks

    8. Calgary Flames

    Eastern Conference

    1. Ottawa Senators (win division)

    2. New Jersey Devils (win division)

    3. Tampa Bay Lightning (win division)

    4. Boston Bruins

    5. Philadelphia Flyers

    6. Montreal Canadiens

    7. Pittsburgh Penguins

    8. Florida Panthers

    Western Playoffs

    1 Vancouver Canucks defeat

    8 Calgary Flames

    7 San Jose Sharks defeat

    2 Detroit Red Wings

    6 Colorado Avalanche defeat

    3 Los Angeles Kings

    4 Edmonton Oilers defeat

    5 Dallas Stars

    Western Quarter Finals

    1 Vancouver Canucks defeat

    7 San Jose Sharks

    4 Edmonton Oilers defeat

    6 Colorado Avalanche

    Western Finals

    4 Edmonton Oilers defeat

    1 Vancouver Canucks

    Eastern Playoffs

    1 Ottawa Senators defeat

    8 Florida Panthers

    7 Pittsburgh Penguins defeat

    2 New Jersey Devils

    6 Montreal Canadiens defeat

    3 Tampa Bay Lightning

    4 Boston Bruins defeat

    5 Philadelphia Flyers

    Eastern Quarter Finals

    1 Ottawa Senators defeat

    7 Pittsburgh Penguins

    4 Boston Bruins defeat

    6 Montreal Canadiens

    Eastern Finals

    4 Boston Bruins defeat

    1 Ottawa Senators

    STANLEY CUP FINAL

    Edmonton Oilers defeat

    Boston Bruins 4-2

    NEW STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS……EDMONTON OILERS.

  3. mcpickl says:

    having Toronto as high as 4th and Brodeur and the Devils missing the playoffs is ludicrous.

  4. mcpickl says:

    no way Jersey misses the playoffs.

    Did Brodeur retire and i didnt notice?

  5. Bishop7979 says:

    I swear i remember gretzky coming out and saying flat out that he wasnt interested in leaving Pho for newyork when Brooks started throwing that rumor around last summer.

  6. NemiNA says:

    You say doritos I say cheetos.

  7. cgolding says:

    I think it’s going to be really tough for the NE division champ to win the conference point total this year with all those divisional games…

  8. TheHead says:

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  9. GreatWhiteNorth says:

    They have no reason to go after Kolzig. They have Eddiefor this season, and Telqvist is looking almost ready for full time employment, probably taking the starting role next year, if he does well as Eddie’s backup.

    Witt to the Leafs make a lot more sense, as the Leafs could use a big stay-at-home physical guy like Witt who’s more solid in his own end than a Marchment, Belak, Berg or Brown.

  10. GreatWhiteNorth says:

    They have a pretty solid lineup though. There are a lot of other teams in much worse shape than the Ducks. Their top two lines are pretty decent. No way they’ll be in the gutter unless they come apart and don’t play as a team.

  11. WestcoastbiasJason says:

    I agree w/ you about Vancouver but the Kings will probably suprise you this year. Although Goalie is their weakspot, Garon is a definite Step up from Cechmanek. Their offense is going to put up a lot of points this year. Don’t know how good Toronto is going to be considering they are putting a lot of weight on the concussion twins.

  12. LeafsFan17 says:

    30.Washington Capitals

    29.New York Rangers

    28.St. Louis Blues

    27.Minnesota Wild

    26.Carolina Hurricanes

    Edmonton and Dallas would be in the bottom as well

  13. WeedIan says:

    How can a team that missed the playoffs win the cup with only getting 2 new players?

    LMK Thanks.

  14. skidragoon says:

    how do u figure edmonton wins the cup when the leafs have a better roster than them and they cant even make the playoffs, now let me list canadian teams that can beat the oilers in no specific order…

    Ottawa

    Calgary

    Toronto

    Vancouver

    Montreal

  15. JannettyTheRocker says:

    You’ll be surprised by what the addition of a guy like Chris Pronger does for a team like the Oilers……Having Peca is a bonus…….The Oilers barely missed the playoffs last year. Had they had someone like Pronger on the Power Play, they would have been close to the top of the standings…………You will see………….Don’t hate the playa, hate the game!!!!

  16. chanman says:

    Forsberg?

    Heck No. The guy is great, but the real loss to this team is foote. Way underreated player. They never got over the loss of Roy, and with foote nissing and a few other key grinders, watch this team suprise people- in a bad way.

  17. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    avalanche are slipping………….. Marek Svatos, Wojtek Wolski, Johnny Boychuck, John michael liles. Theres 4 reasons why colorado is good for the future.

    Joe Sakic, Alex tanguay, Milan Hejduk, David Aebischer, rob blake. theres 5 more reasons why we are good for now and the future.

  18. JannettyTheRocker says:

    You say potato, I say pototo

    You say tomato, I say tomoto

    You say……..well, that was fun….

  19. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    La still needs a goalie did u forget that. and Brodeur is good enough to carry a team into the playoffs.

  20. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    HOW DOES LA MAKE IT.

  21. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    never got over the loss of roy. Aebischer set the second best GAA for colorado in there club history (2.09 i believe) and comparing that to patrick roy as the clubs only starting goalie before him. Thats pretty good. Besides Colorado is not a bottom feeder Colorado will still make the playoffs MARK MY WORDS.

  22. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    1 word on why they wont win the cup.

    GOALIE

  23. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    in my view are rankings at end of season and playoff predictions.

    * = divison champs

    starting with western

    1) Calgary* going out on a limb with them.

    2) Nashville this is a toss up

    3) San Jose Patrick Marleau break out year.

    4) Vancouver that dangerous top line and getting Carter for the sedins will improve there scoring threat Immensly. Cloutier needs his strong playoff run though.

    5) Colorado they still are a threat and with Pierre lacroix i have full confidence he can pull a trick out of his sleeve and grab a steal at the deadline.

    6) Anaheim they are riding on Giguere to make the playoffs and he will get them there.

    7) detroit (see #2)

    8) phoenix they signed some good free agents but i dont like there defence

    9) Dallas they still have a good team just they are losing people now and there team is old with no good prospects.

    10) St louis getting eric brewer will help the defence adding patrick lalime will screw them royally.

    11) Edmonton 1 word goaltending.

    12) Columbus getting foote will help for there defence

    13) Chicago they got khabibulin and aucoin but they didnt get offence and Daze cant carry it by himself.

    14) Minnesota they lost richard park and signed noone….. they have no chance at doing anything this year.

    15) Los angeles so they get demitra and roenick and they lose palffy and allison. even if you ask me. they still need goaltending.

    #1calgary 4

    Vs

    #8 Phoenix 2 will be close but calgary will come out on top

    #2 Nashville 4

    vs

    #7 detroit 3 goaltending is where i dont trust them

    #3 San Jose 3

    Vs

    #6 Anaheim 4 Giguere will not return to his conn smythe form but he will be close.

    #4 Vancouver 3

    vs

    #5 Colorado 4 vancouvers goaltending.

    #1 Calgary 4

    vs

    #2 Nashville 3 Calgary will get a scare here against a team that plays with speed just like them.

    #5 Colorado 4

    vs

    #6 Anaheim 3 Colorado has goaltending that is much better and Anaheims offence is riding on hope that selanne will have a year from his early days

    #1 Calgary 4

    vs

    #5 Colorado 3 once again calgary will get a scare but due to tougher d in my view they will come out

    eastern conference

    1) Ottawa Hasek and heatley has sens fans waiting for the home opener against the leafs.

    2) Philly there is no team that can compete with them yet.

    3) Florida they got veterans to lead there team and kept all of there youth only problem is will they be around after this season?

    4) Boston Zhamnov and leetch is why

    5) Pittsburgh got veterans to finally help out there nhl team (it was an ahl team to be honest)

    6) Montreal getting dandenult was a steal and keeping all there players was good aswell.

    7) Toronto i dont like the way this team looks Mats sundin and Ed belfour cant do it all

    8) New jersey 2 words Martin Brodeur

    9) NYI they got some good free agents but no real offensive threat

    10) Tampa bay Khabibulin is gone and grahame is supposed to fill in?

    11)Buffalo they have a youth team and no veterans to lead this.

    12) Atlanta no kovalchuk no playoffs

    13) Carolina signing stillman and tverdosky were steals but they wont be out of the bottom yet.

    14) NYR didnt improve at all no reason to give them any credit.

    15) Washington Ovechkin and fehr are good players but they wont be able to do much for this team.

    #1 Ottawa 4

    vs

    #8 New jersey 1 brodeur cant do it all.

    #2 Philly 4

    vs

    #7 Toronto 3 either team that comes out of this series wont go far. and toronto wont go far when lindros and allison get injured

    #3 Florida 2

    vs

    #6 Montreal 4 montreal is better everywhere except goaltending where its dead even

    #4 Boston 3

    vs

    #5 Pittsburgh 4 the sophmore jinx will go to raycroft.

    #1 Ottawa 4

    vs

    #2 Philly 2 ottawa will win cause philly will be to beat up.

    #6 Montreal 4

    vs

    #5 boston 3 Montreal will surprise boston again this year

    #1 Ottawa 4

    vs

    #6 Montreal 3 ottawa is just better overall then montreal

    stanley cup finals

    #1 Ottawa 3

    vs

    #1 Calgary 4 Calgary improved alot more then ottawa did and this is all assuming Hasek is healthy.

    there an unbiased opinion.

  24. JannettyTheRocker says:

    Both Conklin and Markannen have what it takes to be a number one goalie…….As a duo, they will be much like Manny Fernandez and Dwayne Roloson are in Minnesota, splitting ice time……Just because you haven’t seen these two, doesn’t mean they aren’t good…….I suggest you watch a couple Oilers games in the near future to see that these two goalies are top notch.

  25. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    I travelled to edmonton last winter for 2 weeks saw 4 games and didnt really see anything special. if they both have what it takes to be #1 goalies why couldnt they do anything last year. so they will be fernandez and roloson. so they may have 1 good year then they are done?

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