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12-06-2011, 10:59 AM
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squidz*
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It's interesting to see our new playoff outlook. We leave a division with a big riser (Edmonton), neutral faller (Calgary), smaller riser (Colorado), and aging prime team (Vancouver). That was destined to be a tough fight between the Wild, Oilers, and Avs.

We're joining a division with a perennial dunce (Columbus), perennial playoff team who doesn't cut it on paper (Nashville), rough and tumble team with the right pieces that just doesn't put it together (St. Louis), non-resolved ownership cluster**** (Dallas), recovering disaster (Winnipeg), team that crushed themselves with the cap to get their cup (Chicago), and new Toronto (Detroit).

The way I see it, Chicago will be at least a challenger for a playoff spot for the next 10 years. It's unlikely they're a clear favorite over the next 2-3 because of cap issues. Detroit's on their last couple years before they miss the playoffs for the next 7-10. Columbus has never won a playoff game. The Carter/Nash experiment is turning around a bit, but I have no faith in that team making the playoffs ever again. Nashville always makes the playoffs. If they hold on to Suter that shouldn't change. Dallas has a few years of retool in front of them before becoming real challengers, their ownership limbo tied Niewendyk's hands way too much. St. Louis has all the pieces, but can they put them together? Winnipeg's still a few years out, recovering from such brutal abuse by ASG.

We should be disappointed if the Wild miss the playoffs any time in the next 3-5 years.

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