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12-19-2004, 09:45 PM
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Best/Worst of the new season

Let's play a little game where you name the best and worst possible outcomes for your team next season. Don't just say that they win the Stanley Cup, be precise on a few players and add some realism to it if you want as well.



ex: Senators

Best:The Sens come out of the gate flying, Hasek adjusts well with the team and isn't a liability. Hossa leads the team in scoring and manages to score 50 goals while a center not named Spezza makes the All-Star game. They win the President's Trophy and give us a playoff series to be proud of.

Worst:The Sens fail to close the gap left by Bonk and constantly juggle their lines, there's no chemistry and the loss column keeps getting bigger as the games go on. Everyone realises that Hasek is now washed-up and is off the team by mid-season. The Senators miss the playoffs by a few points.

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I will do this for every team in the leauge

Best: Come flying out of the gate, everything goes right, presidents trophy and Stanley Cup

Worst: Things go horribley wrong, team can't gel, no conhesion within the team and they don't make the playoffs yet don't get in the running for first overal pick in the draft.

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Canucks-

Best-Bertuzzi comes back form being suspended and has a great season with Naslund and Morrison on his line. Auld starts in the playoffs and plays stellar. The Canucks win the west by defeating the Avs in game 7 in OT on home ice, and beat the Flyers in 7 in a nail-bitter game to win the Stanley Cup. The city goes crazy.

Worst-Bertuzzi is banned from the NHL and Morrision and Naslund head off to Europe. The Canucks try to fill in the gap with Kariya, but the team is too small. They miss the playoffs.

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Penguins:

Best: The defense gets its act together, at least to some extent, allowing the team to ease MAF into the NHL successfully. We have a decent #2 goalie in {Chiodo, Caron, or even Sabourin}, better yet 2 good #2 goalies so we can get something for one of them later. Recchi, Malone, Orpik, and Caron are not too adversely affected by what they've been doing (or not) during the lockout and have strong seasons. The Pens make a decent stab at the playoffs.

Oh, and somehow an arena gets built that doesn't suck up all the arts funding in Southwestern PA or rely on pie-in-the-sky gambling revenues.

Worst: Absolute worst -- Lemieux gives up on any hope of turning the team around financially and they get sold. Barring that -- The defense continues to suck and Fleury spends the year in the AHL just so he won't get too beat up. No one they bring up from WBS pans out. They finish last again, but still lose the draft lottery. They continue to turn into the Pirates, developing players for everyone else in the league.

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Canadiens:

Best case scenario: Habs re-sign Kovalev and have Koivu for almost a full season. Bonk steps in and while not putting up big numbers, is the big center we've sorely lacked. They challenge for the NorthEast most of the season, but fall short, finishing around 5th-6th place in the East. Make it to the second round, where they put up a good fight but ultimately come up short. Also, Gainey adds some much needed grit and a true enforcer.

Worst case scenario: Theodore is inconsistent all season, Kovalev is not re-signed, Koivu breaks his ankle in the pre-season and we finish out of the playoffs. But just high enough not to be in the run for the first overall pick.

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Originally Posted by nckd
Penguins:
Worst: Absolute worst -- Lemieux gives up on any hope of turning the team around financially and they get sold. Barring that -- The defense continues to suck and Fleury spends the year in the AHL just so he won't get too beat up. No one they bring up from WBS pans out. They finish last again, but still lose the draft lottery. They continue to turn into the Pirates, developing players for everyone else in the league.
Ouch

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Flyers:

Best case scenario - The Flyers reverse their usual trend of being the best team in the NHL in October/November. They start off sluggishly, but they start to gel as the season goes on. They make one big acquisition of a scoring winger, and finish out the season as the hottest team in the league. They are the No. 2 seed in the East, and take revenge on the Lightning in 6 games in a classic ECF. Robert Esche stands on his head as they defeat the Sharks in the Cup Finals in 5, and, along with the Super Bowl champion Eagles, the Flyers usher in the second Golden Era of Philadelphia sports.

Worst case scenario - The inevitable collapse of an aging team occurs. Roenick and Pitkanen miss significant regular season and playoff minutes due to concussions, and Esche loses his composure regularly. Jeff Carter has a mediocre first season, finishing with 9 goals and 15 assists. Key veterans do not show up in the playoffs, and the Flyers are bounced in the first round by a surging Canadiens squad.

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Best case scenario:

1-Theodore plays awesome again all season long and in the playoffs.

2-Kovalev is resigned and actually shows up to play every night not 1 game out of 5.

3-Ryder and Ribeiro perform to the degree that they did this past season.

4-Zednik finally reaches the 35 goal plateau while playing with Koivu and Kovalev.

5-Perezhogin and Marcel Hossa adapt to the NHL and one of them plays on the second line.

6-Bonk plays so competitive that even the sens want him back.

7-Chirstobal Huet isnt a bust and actually plays as good if not better then Mathieu Garon.

8-Sheldon Souray is back to 2003-2004 first half of the season form and continues scoring goals while Markov, Bouillon, Rivet and Brisebois are reliable defensevily while Mike Komisarek adjusts more and more to the NHL.

9-Habs make the playoffs finishing 4th or 5th in the eastern conference and about 9th or 10 th in the league.

10-They win the first round in 6 games and ultimately win the 2nd round in overtime of game 7. They advance to the 3rd round but fall short in 6 games to the future stanley cup champions.


Worst Case Scenario:

1- Kovalev isn't resigned.

2- Koivu is injured

3- Theodore is back to playing poorly just like he did in 2002-2003.

4- Radek Bonk turns out to be a bust.

5- Christobal Huet turns out as an an even bigger dissapointment.

6- Hossa again isnt able to adjust to the NHL.

7- Perezhogin still isnt ready for the NHL.

8-Michael Ryder and Mike Ribeiro turn out to be one year wonders as they cant even score 15 goals.

9- Our defense is just not good enough with the size disadvantage of Bouillon, the age disadvantages of Brisebois and Rivet, the inexperience of Mike Komisarek and Sheldon Souray cant even score 5 goals as he gets injured for most of the season. Only Markov plays well.

10- Habs finish 12th in the east and dont make the playoffs.

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5- Christobal Huet turns out as an an even bigger dissapointment.
Even bigger ? Huet is a very capable goalie. It won't be easy at all for him to substitute Garon but his position will be clear: he's behind Theodore and he will have to support Theo when he'll need to and when he'll need some rest. When he was at Los Angeles, Huet wasn't in a very clear situation. At least now he knows what to expect. His problem will be the pressure and the context, besides he's the only French player in the NHL and he arrives in Montreal, it's quite special. But I'm sure he'll do well, he won't be a disappointment.

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