Tellqvist comes back as a Leaf!

According to rds.ca, Mikael Tellqvist signed a one year contract. No financial details disclosed as of yet!

I think this is a good move since the Leafs are in a rebuilding mode. They probably won’t make it to the playoffs anyways so might as well try to develop young goaltenders.



40 Responses to Tellqvist comes back as a Leaf!

  1. DJTOKid says:

    I’m seeing on the TSN ticker that the Leafs have picked up the option on Tellqvist, So it must be official. What did he make last year? It says on TSN website that he made $450,000 last year. So what will he make this year? Couldn’t imagine it being anything over $600,000. I’m not too sure what JFJ is up too, is he going to go after another goalie? A more proven veteren, or is he going to go with the Tellqvist/Aubin duo? Tell yah what though, if he doesn’t get another goalie and rides out Telly and Aubin, the lefs are gonna have a nice chunk of change to spend on forwards and defensemen. Wonder whats going on in the head of JFJ??????

  2. the_word says:

    This is a sign to trade at a later date/insurance in case he can’t get another goaltender. If he can’t sign one, he’ll need to trade from Tellquist then buys him some time and gives him a goaltender to send the other way.

    I could see Tellqvist/Aubin duo giving stability to the Leafs though, so they could also bring in Rask and/or Pogge as an X factor. Think, they’d be spending less than one million on their top two tenders. The only issue I see is that they couldn’t protect 3 goaltenders from waivers (unless there are different rules for rookies I’m unaware of).

    Tellqvist/Aubin also doesn’t sound to implausible considering the mediocre goaltenders that are available. Legace, one of SJ goaltenders, Gigeure are all to inconsistent for the money they’ll command. Biron would be the best fit, but he’s an RFA, and Buffalo can not want to see the Leafs get him.

  3. DJTOKid says:

    Biron is a UFA, anybody can sign him on july 1st. Totally agree that he is by far the best goalie available out there. For the price that Telly and Aubin go for I think the leafs should try them out and save the money for defensemen, or one high profile guy.

  4. the_word says:

    UFA, sign him then, goaltending is the one area you want a blue chip, how could Biron really cost? I’d say 3 million tops

  5. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    It’s an option year, probably the same money as the rest of the contract, either way, it means as much to the cap.

    Good signing, I just hope he’s the starter. It sucks that people gave up on him after he lost two bad games to Montreal. If we had given up on Ed Belfour after a few bad losses, we never would’ve made the second round in 04.

  6. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I’d rather get Legace, but at this point, having Aubin back up Tellqvist I’d say is the best option. If we can build a better defense, we won’t have to worry about a 25 year old goaltender getting 40 shots a night.

  7. 92-93 says:

    according to mikaeltellqvist.com (LOL) – its for $589K

  8. 92-93 says:

    i think right now its just a matter of playing it safe just in case he isn’t able to land a free agent goalie or trade for one.

    who knows?

    maybe he is thinking of trading Pogge for a higher draft pick and keeping Telly and Racine as their AHL tandem until Rask comes over in 2007.

  9. 92-93 says:

    totally agree with you on how unfair everyone was towards Telly this year.

  10. 92-93 says:

    totally agree with you on how unfair everyone was towards Telly this year.

    lets break down what he did after Belfour went down. first, he had a spectacular game against the Lightning at home:

    W 5-1 against TB

    W 5-4 against Boston (in the shootout where he stopped all the shots and stopped 28 of 32 shots)

    L 3-1 to Buffalo (no support from his teamates)

    L 5-2 to NYR (no support from his teammates – Jagr was running around on the PP and the Leafs took dumb penalties)

    W 1-0 against Pittsburgh (shutout #2 on the year)

    W 3-2 against Carolina (stopped 33 of 35 shots!!!)

    then he had 2 ‘bad games’ in montreal

    L 5-2

    L 6-1 … both of which he had no support from his team defensively, 5-3 and PP goals,

    All of this was blown way out of proportion because of how important these games were. Now, in comes Aubin … and everyone is left thinking that Telly can’t play in nets and Aubin plays amazing down the stretch and that is all anyone remembers.

    last game for Telly – oh yeah – a great idea Quinn. put in a goalie who has a fragile confidence (thanks to everyone else) behind a team that was just eliminated from the playoffs the night before … great plan!

    L 6-0 in Buffalo… where Telly faced 40 SHOTS!

    before the montreal and buffalo games, Telly had a Save Percentage of around .900 and a GAA of just under 3.00 and a record of 10-8.

    give this guy a break AND GIVE HIM SOME GOOD DEFENDERS IN FRONT OF HIM.

  11. Aetherial says:

    Barring a trade for Luongo if he only signs for one year Florida will trade him I think), I would prefer to see the Leafs stick with Tellqvist and Aubin.

    I don’t believe that is a winning goalie combination, but I do think that not blowing money on an older FA goalie is the way to go for a rebuilding team.

    Who knows, it may actually force them to play some team defense!

  12. the_word says:

    Ed Belfour had proven himself Telly hasn’t, the Montreal games were high pressure and his time to shine, he blew it, cementing his backup role from years to come.

  13. burnz30 says:

    I agree. He was really good for much of the year. He regularly outplayed Belfour, yet never got a chance to play more (Quinn’s stupid reluctance). He was the team’s best goalie for most of the year. Aside from the 2 Montreal games he was at least pretty good in the rest of his starts. Even in those two games, he was hung out to dry. He had no help. I was at the 6-0 Buffalo game and when I saw Telly was starting I said “Uh OH!!” The team just got knock out of the playoffs even after beating Ottawa. You had to know the Leafs were going to be flat. Leafs Lunch still thinks the Leafs will get a proven NHL starter before the season starts and Telly will be in the AHL, if they can’t trade him. I wouldn’t be worried if the Leafs goalies were Aubin and Telly going into the season. They have to address their defense and find a quality winger for Sundin though.

  14. burnz30 says:

    Biron is not a UFA. I have the list (Accourding to The Hockey News) and he’s an RFA.

  15. DJTOKid says:

    So Tellqvist for $589,000 and Audin for $750,000 for a grand total of$1,339,000. I think the Leafs should ride these two out for the beginning of the year and put all there money into some big name players upfront. If the Leafs aquired a high profile winger and signed one or two big name defensemen these two goalies could play well enough to get around 20-25wins each. For the price, I think they should give these guys the chance, think about having $40,661,000 too spend on the rest of the team, assuming the cap goes to $42million.

    Spent according to TSN.ca:

    Sundin $6,330,000

    McCabe $5,750,000

    Kaberle $4,250,000

    Tucker $1,596,000

    Oneil $1,500,000

    Kilger $ 900,000

    Aubin $ 750,000

    Tellqvist $ 519,000

    Ponikorovsy $ 710,000

    Domi $1,250,000

    Belak $ 670,000

    Kronvall $ 612,000

    Belfour $ 770,000(2yr buyout)

    Steen $ 900,600

    Total: $26,507,600

    Sure to re-sign:

    Lindros $ 700,000

    wellwood $ 900,600

    Stajan $1,100,000

    Antropov $ 760,000

    White $ 610,000

    Colaiacovo $ 800,000

    Pilar $ 750,000

    Total: $5,620,600

    for a grand total of:$32,128,200

    Line up

    Tucker Sundin Oneil

    Antropov wellwood Ponikorovsky

    Steen Lindros ?????

    Kilger Stajan Domi

    Mccabe Kaberle

    Pilar Colaiacovo

    White Kronvall

    Belak

    Tellqvist

    Aubin

    there it is pretty much an entire team to put out on the ice for 32million. I’m not sure how many games this team would win, I know they wouldn’t make the playoffs. But they should have around 10million to spend, to add to the team above, and with the right addition(s) they could definetly push for the 6th-8th spot for the playoffs. I have a funny feeling the leafs might owe 3million for Jason Allison bonuses which wouldn’t be cool, but oh well. Still who do you want for 10million? Gimme some ideas of who ya’ll would add to this team with 7-10million to spend on free agents providing your not spending anything else on goaltending.

  16. 92-93 says:

    refer to my post on this thread to see why i disagree with you.

  17. 92-93 says:

    spectorshockey.net is reporting that Manny Legace will be available on July 1st.

    not a bad pick up for the leafs IMO.

  18. 92-93 says:

    i believe Aubin is cheaper than that: 525K according tsn.ca

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?fid=2706&hubname=

  19. 92-93 says:

    also, according to howard berger –

    his sources in MLSE are saying Tie Domi’s contract is being bought out.

    let us all hope and pray this is true. it would cost the leafs 625K against the cap for the next two years but it would be worth it.

  20. 92-93 says:

    a correction to my last post:

    “Under the National Hockey League’s new collective bargaining agreement, he would be owed two thirds of his remaining salary — $833,000 (U.S.) — and the buyout money would count against the Maple Leafs cap for the 2006-07 season.”

    also, pro-Domi and notoriously biased Toronto sportswriter Steve Simmons suggested:

    “Buying out Tie Domi would cost the Leafs $833,000 US. Replacing him on the fourth line will cost a minimum of $450,000. In other words, the Leafs would be paying more to replace him ($1.28 million) than to keep him ($1.25 million).”

    anybody NOT willing to do this? i mean, i would rather have a guy like Ondrus, or even Pohl on the right side on the last line (or even a 4th line of Kilger-Stajan-O’Neill, and have Suglobov called up for the third line RW) … then have Tie Domi around.

    plus, also, the leafs could spread that 833K over two years right – like they will with Belfour’s 1.54 million amount (spread over 2 years its 770K a year).

  21. 92-93 says:

    by the way the source for that domi buyout is at the globe and mail…

    ok, now onto the Leafs offseason so far.

    so far, the leafs are making all the right moves even though they havent made many and they are getting a lot of good news. as you’ll see, this offseason hasn’t been too busy, but so far so good.

    Right moves and good news:

    1. resign Kilger for 3 years: i know this happened during the regular season but this is a solid move for the leafs and their 4th line. its a cheap signing and a long-term one and i wont complain about having Kilger around for another couple of years.

    2. resign Aubin for 525K: Solid signing that should keep this 29-year-old – a solid back-up NHLer and potential #1 – in toronto for another year.

    3. pickup of Telly’s option: why not? good insurance in case the leafs can’t land Legace or Biron or whoever. many here in Leafland have completely, unfairly (and as usual, overzealously) written off Telly. again, you look at his regular season games one-by-one (go to espn.com for this) and you’ll see how good he was and on the ONLY nights he wasn’t (re: montreal), he was hung out to dry big time by his team … i dare anyone to re-watch the highlights on leafsTV video and say otherwise.

    4. Buyout of domi: Domi has become a cancer on this team. he has reportedly backstabbed everyone from Quinn to Corson and many others. he is taking up valuable cap space and roster space. i’ve gone into great detail in other threads of why this guy needs to go. it goes way beyond what happens on the ice. good riddance.

    5. Buyout of belfour: the most expected move when the buyouts begin on june 15th.

    6. hiring of Maurice has head coach: this is probably the most important offseason move. hopefully, the team relearns how to work hard, be prepared for games (so that those two games in montreal DO NOT HAPPEN AGAIN), and are held to some accountability. not to mention extra playing time for mats.

    7. Pogge wins CHL goalie of the year: the big thing about this award is that it makes Pogge- a kid who hasnt yet played a game in the AHL – that much more valuable of a prospect (see proposed trade below).

    8. Aki Berg Retires: its the kind of news that makes you weep – with tears of joy.

    Wrong moves and bad news:

    1. Rask likely to stay in Finland until September 2007: this really sucks for the leafs but the fact of the matter is this is kid is still too young and way to far away from the NHL to really be concerned about this. Rask will come over next year and begin his pro career and we all have to be patient one way or the other.

    2. Resigning McCabe WITH a no-trade clause: again, everyone hates the amount (which he’ll get anywhere else) and the term (5 years is long but not so bad if he doesn’t have a no-trade clause). and voila, now you see the problem … JFJ, if this is his last year as GM, is going to put handcuffs on the next GM if he lets McCabe have a no-trade clause.

    let us all hope that the leafs will resign their young RFAs (including Antropov – who they can trade at the draft).

    let us hope that they let go of Richardson, Khavanov, and Allison

    and let us hope that JFJ makes some sort of deal to get in the top-5 of this year’s draft (i propose Pogge and their 13th selection for Washington’s 4th selection overall … hello Jordan Staal).

  22. 92-93 says:

    I agree that the leafs will resign the guys you mentioned – although i think Lindros will get 1 million, antropov will be qualified at his current 1 million contract, if Stajan is getting 1.1 milllion then wellwood will surely get more – 1.5 million. so if you add the 1.2 million that i’ve added then subtract the 200K from Aubin’s contract … the leafs actually about 33 million taken up. either way, not much left over to sign solid UFAs. but if you sign guys like Legace, Markov, Dempsey, Carter … the leafs can do it and still be 2-4 million under the cap.

  23. DJTOKid says:

    I know tsn says Aubin makes that , but I remember the leafs resigning him for 750,000. They also say kilger makes 1.2mil when he signed a 3yr-2.7mil contract, that would be 900,000 a year and they wouldn’t pay him 1.2mil the first and then split 1.5mil over the next two. Stajans been around longer then wellwood, has more experience, and is probly the leafs best defensive forward. Kyle wellwood had the same amount of points as Steen so ther for deserves what ever Steen gets and not a penny more. Nik Antropov well get the minimum qualifying offer which is 70-75% of last years wage. So take that money back cause it ain’t right.

  24. DJTOKid says:

    Manny Legace is not the answer to the Leafs problem, I don’t see him leaving Detroit.

  25. DJTOKid says:

    I agree sign Biron, he is the best free agent goalie available. The Leafs could get him and not have to give up anything, like they would for Nabokov or Giguere. I think he would cost 3-4mil ayear, I’m sure there will be alot of bidders for this guy.

  26. 92-93 says:

    tsn.ca is not the only source of Aubin’s contract (NHLPA website, toronto Sun, etc.).

    i believe kilger actually is making 1.2 million in the first year and 900K in the next two years.

    Stajan having more experience doesn’t factor much into the equation if Wellwood can produce more. Steen signed his contract BEFORE his rookie year – so why would Wellwood, playing in his 2nd year – get as much or less than Steen? When Steen needs to be signed next year, he’ll get more too.

    Antropov might not get 1 million, but he will and should be resigned since he could be traded even for a draft pick.

    either way, its better to make estimations a little higher than you expect so that all the unpredictable variables get factored in.

  27. 92-93 says:

    well most people believe his days in Detroit are over.

    others dont seem to mind aubin-telly as the Leafs tandem especially if they are cheap and keep the leafs in most games, which will be more possible if the leafs have more money freed up to sign more solid D-guys and forwards.

    thus, if you have Legace come in, you’ll have a 3-way battle and pretty deep netminding in toronto.

    the problem with acquiring Giguerre, Nabokov, Biron, etc is that they will not be cheap — and in the case of Guiguerre and Nabokov, the leafs will need to trade something valuable – re: someone young – to get them (and with Biron, the price will be steep because others are going after him).

    Legace has some solid numbers, will probably come cheaper too.

    I never said Legace was the ‘answer’ for the leafs problem – anyone targeting one area as THE area to improve is misinformed about the leafs anyways.

  28. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Antropov won’t re-sign, and that leaves us with prolly about ten-fifteen million to sign a good winger or two, and a decent defenseman, lets say the cap is about 45 million, we can sign 2 five million wingers, and a five million defenseman, if its 42 million abouts, then its one of each. Unless we can make a deal to get rid of McCabe.

  29. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Kilger I think makes 2.7 over the 3 year contract, and because it’s based on averages, we get 900 000 against the cap 🙂

    I love Antropov, I really do, but I can’t see him comming back.

  30. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Don’t believe the crap they say bout Domi, all the players seem to really love him.

    And go to the main page Tellqvist article and read my comments about John Ferguson.

  31. mapleleafs4cup says:

    what about modin for antropov and a 2nd round pick since the lighting are trying to get rid of salary and sundin needs a linemate

  32. mapleleafs4cup says:

    what about modin for antropov and a 2nd round pick since the lighting are trying to get rid of salary and sundin needs a linemate what do u think?

  33. mapleleafs4cup says:

    What about tellqvist antropov and a 3rd round pick for modin tampa has to get rid of salaries and toronto needs a winger for sundin

  34. DJTOKid says:

    I’m not to sure about modin, he isn’t that great of winger, a little too inconsistant for my liking. But I would take him to replace Antropov, at least modin can play a full season. The wing is also a natural position for Modin unlike Antropov, although Tampa would probly force Antropov to play wing there as well. It would be good for the money aspect of the aquasition, to get a 30 goal scorer for only another million against the cap would definetly be a wise move for JFJ. I’m wondering, do you think sundin could get traded? Or is there a better chance of ice skating with the devil?

  35. 92-93 says:

    that’s an interesting suggestion but i dunno if TB would take Antropov. they MIGHT take a guy like Telly over Antropov, but more likely, they’ll be asking for one of toronto’s young guys … which the leafs should be weary of.

    my opinion: the leafs need to go after Gaborik once the shit hits the fan in Minny with the arbitration hearings.

    Gaborik and Minnesota’s 2nd round pick in the 2007 draft

    for Antropov, White, Williams, and Toronto’s 1st round pick in the 2007 draft.

    sounds crazy? yeah youre probably right. maybe take Williams out of that deal and slide Stajan in there. but i am also basing this on the fact that JFJ will get Staal in the 2006 draft, because of the following trade:

    Washington gets Pogge and Toronto’s 13th selection for Washington’s 4th selection.

    if the leafs have Staal, they can afford to deal away a young centre.

  36. 92-93 says:

    the crap ‘they’ say = virtually every sports writer and former player of the leafs … that is a lot of people in your vaguely worded ‘they.’

    the only people who spew crap in toronto are Simmons and Berger who are both pro-Domi (although Berger has a lot more credibility then Simmons).

  37. lukeleim says:

    Coach: Paul Maurice

    URF – Sergei Samsonov, Jamie Langenbrunner, Willie Mitchell & Manny Legace

    Nik Antropov, Andy Wozniewski & Justin Pogge to the Minnesota Wild for Patrick O’Sullivan & A.J. Thelen

    Mikael Tellqvist, Kyle Wellwood, Staffan Kronwall & the Leafs’ third-round pick in 2006 to the Calgary Flames for Chuck Kobasew & Jordan Leopold

    Jeff O’Neill retires

    Tie Domi bought out

    Sergei Samsonov – Mats Sundin – Darcy Tucker

    Alexei Ponikarovsky – Alexander Steen – Jamie Langenbrunner

    Patrick O’Sullivan – Matt Stajan – Chuck Kobasew

    Chad Kilger – Eric Lindros – Ben Ondrus

    ———————————————————

    Prospects: Jeremy Williams, Alex Foster, Aleksander Suglobov & Robert Earl

    Tomas Kaberle – Bryan McCabe

    Carlo Colaiacovo – Jordan Leopold

    Willie Mitchell – Ian White

    ————————————–

    Wade Belak – Jay Harrison

    Prospects: Phil Oreskovic, Brendan Bell & A.J. Thelen

    Manny Legace

    Jean-Sebastien Aubin

    ——————-

    J.F Racine

    Prospects: Todd Ford & Tuukka Rask

    DRAFT

  38. lukeleim says:

    13th – Bryan Little

  39. 92-93 says:

    I’ve posted this a couple of times already but I though it might be interesting. I’ve done my own rankings and based them on which teams CONSISTENTLY make the playoffs and go beyond the first round since 1999 (a span of 7 seasons). I put the caps lock on that particular word because i know there will be responses suggesting that teams with a higher win percentage (but fewer playoff games played) belong at the top of the list. that is not the criteria here – the criteria is CONSISTENCY. In any case, alot of teams in the lower rankings and that do not even appear will begin to move up as the have-nots begin to benefit under the current cap (Pittsburgh, Florida, Atlanta, etc.):

    ____________GP__W___L___Pts __Pct—————————————————————————————————————————–

    1. New Jersey_99__58__41__116__.586

    Round 1 exit: 1999, 2002, 2004

    Round 2 exit: 2006

    Cup Finalists 2001

    CUP CHAMPS 2000, 2003

    2. Buffalo____57__33__24__66___.579

    Round 1 exit: 2000

    Round 2 exit: 2001

    Round 3 exit: 2006

    Cup Finalists: 1999

    3. Toronto____80__41__39__82___.513

    Round 1 exit: 2003

    Round 2 exit: 2000, 2002, 2004

    Round 3 exit: 1999, 2002

    4. Philly______72__35__37__70___.486

    Round 1 exit: 1999, 2001, 2002, 2006

    Round 2 exit 2003

    Round 3 exit: 2000, 2004

    5. T.B.______39__22__17__44___.564

    Round 1 exit: 2006

    Round 2 exit: 2003

    CUP CHAMPS: 2004

    6. Carolina___59__32__27__64___.542

    Round 1 exit: 1999, 2001

    Cup Finalists: 2002

    7. Ottawa____61__28__33__56___.459

    Round 1 exits: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004

    Round 2 exit: 2002, 2006

    Round 3 exit: 2003

    8. Pittsburgh__42__21__21__42___.500

    Round 2 exit: 1999, 2000

    Round 3 exit: 2001

    9. Montreal___29__12__17__24___.414

    Round 1 exit: 2006

    Round 2 exit: 2002, 2004

    10. Boston____30__12__18__24___.400

    Round 1 exit: 2002, 2003, 2004

    Round 2 exit: 1999

    t-11. Wash.___17__5__12__10___.294

    Round 1 exit: 2000, 2001, 2003

    t-11. NYI_____17__5__12__10___.294

    Round 1 exit: 2002, 2003, 2004

    t-13. Florida____4___0___4___0___.000

    Round 1 exit: 2000

    t-13. NYR______4___0___4___0___.000

    Round 1 exit: 2006

    First you must take into consideration that this provides only a fraction of NHL history (post-1999) so it is a pretty narrow time frame. if you wanted to expand the frame to the early-1990s then you would see the Habs move up in the rankings and the Leafs remain about where they are (thanks to the 1993 and 1994 playoff runs). The point is, i’ve seen much more narrower historical framing in some posts. In terms of Canadian teams in the Eastern Conference, the Leafs are the most consistent playoff club ahead of Montreal and Ottawa.

    Second, if you want to go by teams that make the most of what they get, Buffalo seems to top the list. they don’t make the playoffs every year but they do a lot when they do make the playoffs. Moreover, the rankings of both Carolina and TB are a little inflated considering that they have missed the playoffs more often then not, but have also gone on a Stanley Cup run. In terms of consistency, teams like Philadelphia, Toronto, and Ottawa have played more playoff games and made the playoffs on a more consistent basis. At the same time, teams like Buffalo, TB, and Carolina have to be given credit because although they miss the playoffs have the time, they make the most of their opportunities when they do make it.

    Overall the best team in the East since 1999 is the Devils hands down.

    The worst team in the East since 1999 has been Atlanta, who only came into the league in October 1999. The worst teams that have made the playoffs since 1999 have been Montreal, Boston, Washington, NYI, Florida, and the Rangers. When these teams make the playoffs, they haven’t been able to put together a consistent run.

    I could have included Pittsburgh here but when they have made the playoffs they have made things interesting. i suspect that as their team develops, they’ll join the Devils soon enough as an elite team in the East (it is interesting that the Pens have had the same kind of success as the Sens in terms of playing beyond the first round … even though the Sens have made the playoffs on a more consistent basis since 1999).

    but remember, as Homer Simpson once remarked: “Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything. 14% of people know that.”

  40. 92-93 says:

    I’ve posted this a couple of times already but I though it might be interesting. I’ve done my own rankings and based them on which teams CONSISTENTLY make the playoffs and go beyond the first round since 1999 (a span of 7 seasons). I put the caps lock on that particular word because i know there will be responses suggesting that teams with a higher win percentage (but fewer playoff games played) belong at the top of the list. that is not the criteria here – the criteria is CONSISTENCY. In any case, alot of teams in the lower rankings and that do not even appear will begin to move up as the have-nots begin to benefit under the current cap (Pittsburgh, Florida, Atlanta, etc.):

    ____________GP__W___L___Pts __Pct—————————————————————————————————————————–

    1. New Jersey_99__58__41__116__.586

    Round 1 exit: 1999, 2002, 2004

    Round 2 exit: 2006

    Cup Finalists 2001

    CUP CHAMPS 2000, 2003

    2. Buffalo____57__33__24__66___.579

    Round 1 exit: 2000

    Round 2 exit: 2001

    Round 3 exit: 2006

    Cup Finalists: 1999

    3. Toronto____80__41__39__82___.513

    Round 1 exit: 2003

    Round 2 exit: 2000, 2002, 2004

    Round 3 exit: 1999, 2002

    4. Carolina___60__33__27__66___.550

    Round 1 exit: 1999, 2001

    Cup Finalists: 2002

    Cup Champs: 2006

    5. Philly______72__35__37__70___.486

    Round 1 exit: 1999, 2001, 2002, 2006

    Round 2 exit 2003

    Round 3 exit: 2000, 2004

    6. T.B.______39__22__17__44___.564

    Round 1 exit: 2006

    Round 2 exit: 2003

    CUP CHAMPS: 2004

    7. Ottawa____61__28__33__56___.459

    Round 1 exits: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004

    Round 2 exit: 2002, 2006

    Round 3 exit: 2003

    8. Pittsburgh__42__21__21__42___.500

    Round 2 exit: 1999, 2000

    Round 3 exit: 2001

    9. Montreal___29__12__17__24___.414

    Round 1 exit: 2006

    Round 2 exit: 2002, 2004

    10. Boston____30__12__18__24___.400

    Round 1 exit: 2002, 2003, 2004

    Round 2 exit: 1999

    t-11. Wash.___17__5__12__10___.294

    Round 1 exit: 2000, 2001, 2003

    t-11. NYI_____17__5__12__10___.294

    Round 1 exit: 2002, 2003, 2004

    t-13. Florida____4___0___4___0___.000

    Round 1 exit: 2000

    t-13. NYR______4___0___4___0___.000

    Round 1 exit: 2006

    First you must take into consideration that this provides only a fraction of NHL history (post-1999) so it is a pretty narrow time frame. if you wanted to expand the frame to the early-1990s then you would see the Habs move up in the rankings and the Leafs remain about where they are (thanks to the 1993 and 1994 playoff runs). The point is, i’ve seen much more narrower historical framing in some posts. In terms of Canadian teams in the Eastern Conference, the Leafs are the most consistent playoff club ahead of Montreal and Ottawa.

    Second, if you want to go by teams that make the most of what they get, Buffalo seems to top the list. they don’t make the playoffs every year but they do a lot when they do make the playoffs. Moreover, the rankings of both Carolina and TB are a little inflated considering that they have missed the playoffs more often then not, but have also gone on a Stanley Cup run. In terms of consistency, teams like Philadelphia, Toronto, and Ottawa have played more playoff games and made the playoffs on a more consistent basis. At the same time, teams like Buffalo, TB, and Carolina have to be given credit because although they miss the playoffs have the time, they make the most of their opportunities when they do make it.

    Overall the best team in the East since 1999 is the Devils hands down. The worst team in the East since 1999 has been Atlanta, who only came into the league in October 1999. The worst teams that have made the playoffs since 1999 have been Montreal, Boston, Washington, NYI, Florida, and the Rangers. When these teams make the playoffs, they haven’t been able to put together a consistent run. I could have included Pittsburgh here but when they have made the playoffs they have made things interesting. i suspect that as their team develops, they’ll join the Devils soon enough as an elite team in the East (it is interesting that the Pens have had the same kind of success as the Sens in terms of playing beyond the first round … even though the Sens have made the playoffs on a more consistent basis since 1999).

    but remember, as Homer Simpson once remarked: “Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything. 14% of people know that.”

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