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.
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.
Mondi wrote:The issue isn't the finishes per se, it's as you say...the team isn't exactly primed to return to form.
The idea that a team should be in the top 4 each season is not what I'm getting at. What I'm getting at is shepparding assets to keep the team in the conversation. No one was questioning whether the Hawks, Wings or Pens could win the cup or say, qualify for the playoffs from day one of the season.
What's wrong with wondering how a team that looked as good as it did in 2011 (and even 2012) could be so average last season and thus far this season? Surely it can't be that collectively the key players have declined into mediocrity. Perhaps it is more likely that former key players have been replaced by guys who aren't as good.
I like the deceit and dishonesty allegations, after all this board needs some counter to the homer vibe.
dbr wrote:Since then we've seen contracts for guys like Alex Burrows, Kevin Bieksa, Alex Edler, Chris Tanev, Chris Higgens and Jannik Hansen all expire, just retaining those guys has cost us what, $7-8m (15% of the cap)?
herb wrote:With the coming out party of Jason Garrison (good job Gillis), I don't think there is much urgency at all to adding another top four type guy.
The Brown Knight wrote:Garrison is great, no doubt, but keep in mind that our power play is still ranked almost dead last......and keep in mind as to where it was when Christian Erhoff was here, and the role he played on our power play. I'd like to think of Garrison being a replacement for Salo......while Erhoff is.......well....Erhoff.
Shinkaruk is the most talented and offensively gifted Canucks prospect I have seen since maybe Bure. The kid has sick skills and may be on the Canucks roster next year. He is about as untouchable as prospects get.