Topper wrote:Soccer and One day Cricket both have world Cups, as does Rugby.
Fred wrote:True, but NA major leage sports are somewhat unique in that they have both regular and post-season winners.
The Presidensts Trophy is a shit bag.
The Presidents trophy, while also uninspiring, is not nearly as bad however.
donlever wrote:Fred wrote:True, but NA major leage sports are somewhat unique in that they have both regular and post-season winners.
I'll ask again.
The NFL, NBA and MLB do what for their regular season winners?
Who even are these entities?
Meds wrote:My defense of the value of the Presidents Trophy is that none of the other sports take nearly the same physical toll that hockey does during the regular season. The NFL comes very close, and the injuries are usually more long-term, but they only play 16 games. MLS players would have you believe that soccer exacts a serious physical price, but we all know better. The NBA and MLB are nearly as strenuous as the PGA tour.
The NHL demands 82 games, sometimes back-to-back, and those games are unmatched in speed, second only to the NFL in physicality, and demand a combination of all the talents required to succeed in the other sports. Did I mention they have to use all those talents at high speed while balancing on a pair of thin metal blades?
The other sports don't celebrate the regular season champion because they haven't come near to paying the same price that the number one regular season team in the NHL does.
That ALL being said, if it isn't the Cup, it just isn't the Cup.
Gillis can't simply scrub this team, it is too deep and too talented. However, I'm not convinced that even throwing a Zach Parise and Shea Weber on this team while only losing Luongo, Raymond, and one of our current defensemen, would put this team in the winners category. Not with the current coach. Darryl Sutter has taken two teams deep into the playoffs in the last 7 seasons, teams that barely made the playoffs. He did it by coaching playoff hockey, strong, responsible defense, in front of a very good goaltender, and playing physical, bruising, and SIMPLE, offense. Fill the lanes, support the puck, go to the net. He really isn't all that great of a coach when you look at the regular season numbers, but he knows how to get results in the playoffs when he has time to setup his team for a particular opponent. He knows shutdown hockey, and he knows how to get players to buy-in, execute HIS gameplan, and work their asses off. Gillis needs to get a coach who can do this.
Fred wrote: In most sports the League champions are celebrated...the excepition Hockey