Worst team of 08

‘Tis the season to be jolly, even if us Sens fans don’t quite feel it… ‘Tis also the season to review the year that was. While some may chose to review the best players and teams of the year, I shall examine those teams that will find coal rather then goals under their christmas trees. So who’s new year’s resolution should be to lose less? Without furthur ado here is 2008’s worst!

In 5th place, with a 2008 record of 30-38-9, 69 pts…. The Ottawa Senators!

Finally I understand Maple Leaf fans! Not only did my team suck, but because of a terrific start to the 07-08 season, they finished the season as merely mediocre, qualifiying for the playoffs only to get spanked by the Penguins and not getting a top prospect out of it (see below). While they may have had more points the the four teams to follow, the future looks bleakest for the Sens as they did not get to reap the benefit of being horrible: a franchise player in the draft.

In 4th place, with a 2008 record of 27-39-12, 66 points… The St Louis Blues!

The Blues, in a clear rebuilding phase, are certainly a more natural team to have on this list then there predecessors. Despite the rebuilding movement, there was hope that with coach Andy Murray at the reins and a strong finish to the 06-07 season the Blues could have been better. Don’t worry Blues fans, the future is bright with Johnson, Oshie, Berglund, Perron, Boyes and top pick Pietrangelo on their way.

In 3rd place, with a 2008 record of 26-37-11, 63 points…. The Atlanta Thrashers!

No surprise here… unless you were expecting them to finish last or second to last. The Thrashers mortgaged their future to make the playoffs in 07, and that turned out just swell… for the Philadelphia Flyers (Coburn = Monster). While not as well off as the Blues are in terms of youth, they do boast some key youngsters in Little, Enstrom, Pavelec, Bogosian and prospect Angelo Esposito, with more to come when they trade Kovalchuk, now if only they could get a GM….

In 2nd Place, with a 2008 record of 25-42-10, 60 points…. The New York Islanders!

Including overtime losses, the Islanders lost an astounding 52 games in only 7 months! Nobody lost more then the loveable losers of Long Island. At least their fans were entertained, what with a backup goalie being named GM, a current goalie/pressbox warmer signed to a 15 year deal and some guy on their team dating Hilary Duff there is never a boring moment to be had. Bad sign, in the middle of a youth movement, the youngest player in the top 4 in team scoring is 28 years old. Still some promising prospects on the way up in Okposo and Bailey.

And finally, in first place, with a 2008 record of 23-37-14, 60 points…The Tampa Bay Lightning!

They averaged roughly 3 wins per month… The Sharks average 3 wins in a week. This is a team that boasted, until recently, Martin St Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards and Dan Boyle. All of this losing last season was fine, hey it got them Stamkos right? But it was supposed to stop this year when the new ringmasters… uh, owners Len Barrie and Oren Koules took over and added a list of players longer then the list of teams that have fired Mike Keenan. Worst of all, due to poor drafting, beyond Stamkos and prospect Ty Wishart, the cupboard looks pretty bare.

Honourable mention: Toronto Maple Leafs (I wasn’t going to leave you completely off the hook), Columbus Bluejackets, Los Angeles Kings


30 Responses to Worst team of 08

  1. Bure96 says:

    Great article.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. mojo19 says:

    I'm glad you can understand Leaf fans, we Leaf fans still can't underst and Sens fans though. Tell me, what's it like to be eliminated from the playoffs 4 times in 5 years with no redemption?

    Couldn't leave you off the hook for that either 😉 Have a nice day Sens fans, oh by the way, I hope you heat up the second half, I cheer for the Sens to win all the time so they can finish 9th or 10th but its just not happening.

    Which leads us to a relevant question, is Spezza the most overrated centre in the NHL? I would say yes.

  3. pezzz says:

    most overrated? seriously I don't think so.

    Most lazy? I think so. But he DOES have ELITE talent.

    most overrated center? Here's a few options : Mike Fisher, Tomas Plekanec, RJ Umberger, David Legwand, Henrik Sedin, Chris Drury, Scott Gomez, Brandon Dubinsky (oups! every center on the Rangers!), Shawn Horcoff, Michal Handzus. I probably forget a couple more though.

  4. Habroller says:

    I would also add Cammalleri to that list, just to bug you off a little.

    However, correct me if I'm wrong, I think he's been more of a left winger so far in Calgary (though he's a natural centre).

    I agree with Plekanec, but in some strange ways he seems to be having his sophomore slump on his 4th NHL season (I know that doesn't make sense)!! I don't think we've yet seen the best of him…

  5. muckies says:

    My guess is Pogge let's in a minimum of 5 goals tonite.  After missing the playoffs for so many years all those draft picks the Leafs picked up and not having your ex-captain, ex assistant captian (Tucker and McCabe) or semi-franchise Kaberle screw you out of Huge Canadian Franchise Center must feel great. 

    Good luck rebuilding, your prospects look amazing, especiaily that Pogge kid. And by the way, it's actually fun to watch your team in the Stanley Cup Finals, I doubt you'll ever experience the feeling of having an actual chance to win the Cup, so this little petty victory against Ottawa can be your Leafs fan badge of honour. Wear it with pride, you have nothing else to cheer for. 
    Muckies and all the Sens Fan
  6. pezzz says:

    nice article. well done!

  7. hockey_lover says:

    No, Spezza is not the most overrated centre in the NHL. Not even close. That guy has tons of talent. He just needs to mature and showcase that talent night in and night out in order to be considered one of the elite.

  8. pezzz says:

    I agree that I'm a LITTLE disapointed of Cammy this season, but you're right he's playing LW so far. In LA he was playing C and RW. He's very versatile…But I think the reason why he doesn't put up as much points as before this year is because Calgary's playing a hard-nosed defensive minded system. You haven't seen many guys, save Iginla, putting more than 65-70 points a year regularly in Calgary….in LA, a fast offensive minded system, Cammy was really in a good atmosphere, and he produced well too.

    I think Plekanec is a good player. He probably has the potential to become a good 2nd line center in the NHL. But too many delusional hab fans see him as the next bonafide #1 center of the organisation, and I think this is far from being the reality. And that's why I think he's overrated. So far this year, he's playing like a 3rd liner, and that's on good days….

  9. Kramer says:

    The government needs to pass a law preventing ray guns from falling into the wrong hands.

  10. Bure96 says:

    Sedin, and Horcoff are both pretty good actually. Henrik Sedin hasnt been as consistent as his brother this year, but is still on pace for more then 70 points, and has gotten at least 70 points in 3 straight seasons. I think Daniel is better then him though. Pretty much both the exact same, except Daniel has a better shot. Henrik is 5th in the league in assists though, so it's hard to call him overrated.

    Horcoff is pretty good too. He didn't have a good start to the year, but has picked up his play. Last year he averaged a point per game too, and the guy only makes 3.5 millino a year!!!

  11. Bure96 says:

    I don't think Spezza is overrated at all. He just plays on a really crappy team. He's gotten at least 87 points the last 3 seasons, so you can't say he's a bad player.

    He's got to get traded though. He's done in Ottawa.

    How much you think it would take to get him out of Ottawa???

    To Ottawa: Steve Bernier, Cory Schneider, Michael Grabner???
    To Vancouver: Jason Spezza

    I know it would cost more for a guy like Kovalchuk, but because Spezza has a pretty hefty price tag, and is having an off year I think he'll go for about a much as Brad Richards did last year.

  12. mojo19 says:

    Hey Muckies here's a little play by play, playback from wayback:

    "Nieuwendyk streaking down the wing, shoots again, SCORES AGAIN!"

    And I can't imagine you had fun cheering for your team in the finals because they didn't really give you anything to cheer about (except one guy, and that was Alfredsson).

    Merry Christmas, have fun living in Ottawa….

  13. mojo19 says:

    Ya I took Camo 4th round in my pool 49th overall, I expected a point per game out of the guy, but I think he's at 26 points in 32 games or something. So I wouldn't say hes been a huge disapointment yet. He's doing okay, he's mostly played on a line with Bourque and some other rotating guy, sometimes Moss I believe, and the name Glencrosse rings a bell.

    But I don't watch a lot of Calgary I just read the game sheets since I have Iginla, Camo, and Bertuzzi in my pricey pool.

  14. RealisticNick says:

    Good article, nice change from the usual abundance of BS on this site.

  15. KingCanada says:

    That trade looks fair but you guys already have a top two centers of Sedin and Sundin so you guys should be looking at a guy like Marian Gaborik who would be cheaper then both Kovalchuk and Spezza and would also be a better fit for this year's playoff push!

  16. KingCanada says:

    Very good prediction altho I believe the Leafs will tank this season. Pogge will play well tonight so we will trade away Toskala. Next to go will be one of our top line players in Antropov. Kaberle will realise that all of his friends have left the team and might even convince Kubina to waive his NTC as well. Jason Blake will loose his hot streak and remember how to hit the goalie right in the crest. The team will be without it’s best players and they will start to show the signs of a young rebuilding franchise and start spiralling downwards. The team will loose its fire and we will hopefully land a top 5 pick!

  17. Bure96 says:

    The Wild wouldn't trade Gaborik to us.
     
    This is assuming Mats won't be back next year though.

  18. mojo19 says:

    you want the word 'lose' not 'loose'

    Uhhhh, you're being very negative but I understand you want a top 5 pick. Me too. This scenario is ideal but the one thing I hope doesn't happen is for Jason Blake to go into a slump. I want that value up so hopefully it will be possible in the next year or so to either trade him, or keep him if he's actually valuable. (Let's sign Yashin)

  19. mojo19 says:

    Here let's play for fun:

    So Kaberle is dealt for VanRiemsdyk
    Antropov is dealt for draft picks only
    Poni is dealt for draft picks
    Toskala is dealt for draft picks
    MVR is dealt for picks
    Stempniak is dealt for Radulov who agrees to join the leafs for 2011 season after his KHL contract expires
    Hollweg, Mayers, Bell are all dealt or let go at the end of the year for whatever
    Kubina is dealt for picks

    We draft Tavares

    We sign Jay-Bo to a 5 year deal
    we sign the Niederymyer bros to 2 year deals
    we sign Mike Cammalleri to a 4 year deal
    we bring back Antropov, 4 year deal
    we bring back Sundin 1 year deal, agrees to come for league min. All is forgiven
    we sign Yashin to a 2 year deal worth $7 million. He vows to play a brand of hockey he's never played before. A meaner Yashin returns to the NHL with one thought on his mind: Stanley Cup, no matter what the cost
    We sign the veteran Khabiboulan to a 1 year deal

    Jeff Finger is demoted for cap purpouses. He doesn't need to clear waivers because hes on a 2 way deal

    Line up:

    Cammalleri – Sundin – Tavares (the all canadian line. Well except mats)
    Blake – Yashin – Antropov (Blake and Yashin become bff's)
    Hagman – Grabovski – Kulemin (love this line what can i say, lets give it a nickname)
    R.Niedermyer- Moore – Deveux/Williams (good 4th liners!!)

    Kaberle – Bouwmeester
    S.Niedermyer – Schenn
    Frogren – White

    Khabiboulan
    Pogge

    Waiting in the wings: Radulov, VanRiemsdyk

    In the end we three-peat as cup champs in 2010, 2011, and 2012

  20. LeafsNation91 says:

    Okay…

    Does anyone realize that Ponikarovsky, Antropov, and Stajan all jumped into the top 60 in points…I believe Nik and Matt are 31 and 32…and Poni is 57…Nik and Stajan have more points then players like Spezza, Kovalev, etc
    They are actually playing like first liners, who would of thought 
  21. Habroller says:

    I noticed a lot of his points occur when he's one the ice with Iginla, so I figured they were playing together most of the time…but I could be wrong.

    26 in 32 is certainly not that bad, I just feel he's overrated, that's all.

  22. KingCanada says:

    Thanks captain grammar lol.  Ya Im being negative but you still cant possibly believe that we can compete in the playoffs.  So if we cant make the playoffs lets get another high draft pick shall we?

  23. KingCanada says:

    Hahahaha man if only it was that easy bro.  We should all be NHL GMs 😛  Altho I dont think we would be able to afford all of these players… Not even the Red Wings will keep their team intact next season.  They currently have no cap space and they have…

    Zetterberg
    Franzen
    Hudler
    Hossa
    Samuelsson

    Everyone on that list needs a raise except for samuelson so big changes will happen to them IMO in 2009/2010, cant wait!  THE DYNASTY ENDS!!  Muahaha lol

  24. mojo19 says:

    The Sun media poll came out last Sunday where 300 people are polled. the 300 people consist of members of the media, NHL GM's, NHL exec's, and NHL players.

    They vote in a number of different categories including most overrated player. Jason Spezza was voted the 3rd most overrated player, and #1 most overrated centre. WOW. Didn't I just say that not too long ago???

  25. luckyluc66 says:

    i can't understand leafs fans, not making the playoffs since the strike but still trash talk like their team have won four cups in a row. they manage to make it to the eastern finals once in the last forty years.

  26. mojo19 says:

    Cammalleri typically plays the point on the PP with Phaneuf, then you got Iginla on the half boards and Bertuzzi and Langkow down low.

  27. mojo19 says:

    We've only been in the eastern conference for 8 seasons and we've been to the Eastern finals twice. in the 5 seaons before that we went to the western finals twice. So know your facts luckyluc66

  28. mojo19 says:

    Sorry 9 seasons

  29. HarryO says:

    Edmonton Oilser should be included.

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