Hawks followed up a two season downturn with a Cup win.
Bruins followed a one season downturn with a return to the finals.
LA followed up with a trip the conference finals.
Penguins and Wings have been perennial contenders since 2008.
The Wings have had a bunch of 5th and 7th seed appearances and never got further than the second round since 2009.
The Penguins had a couple of first round exits in a row and won just one playoff series in the three years following their Stanley Cup victory.
See, that is the thing Mondi.
Perennial success with little or no fluctuation from year to year is an exception in this league, especially if you define success as a lengthy playoff run where a few injuries or a couple of bad games can seal a team's fate.
This is evident when you look at these teams recent histories.. unless you choose to selectively ignore some disappointing finishes (ie. the ones teams other than the Canucks had) of course.
I am not even trying to say the Canucks are primed to set the league on fire and return to their peak as a team this year, it is pretty obvious that there is some restructuring going on and it doesn't look finished to me.
I just think the portrayal of reality in your posts is wildly inaccurate and if I didn't know better I might think that was the result of deceit and dishonestly rather than merely a haphazard examination of the facts.
But yeah, because it happened to NJD and PHI, its okay that it's happening here. It's inevitable and fans should be happy with Sestito, Booth and Kassian. Everything is fine.
This is again an inaccurate portrayal of reality and of my opinion for that matter.