I thought the flyers were going to win as well. Didn't think the Pens were going to crap the bed so badly. But I thought the flyers had the edge.
Kings, nah didn't see that coming at all. Although I thought they were going to be in the finals before the season began. Then the season began.
I picked both the Flyers and the Kings in my pool. I just go by which team has a better and less prone to breaking defensive scheme. Flyers are not great, but Pengies were worse.
So, things are proceeding just as I expected.
As well, most Vancouver fans are insufferable. You watch, they whill be whining for weeks about what they will say is non-call when Hamhuis fell down at centre ice and grabbed the Kings players stick. That`s how Canucks fans usually are, most of them.
The Western Conference has Seven of the top Ten Defensive teams in the league.....
It's not a high flying Offense Conference. If Nashville, LA, PHX, Blues one of those make the cup Final. No East team is going to light them up, it's going to be 2-1 3-1 1-0.... ETC>
Thats fine, but LA is really the only real defensive team of those three(out of the pacific division). Phoenix has got good balance, but their backend isn't amazing. San Jose showed they have defensive issues.
Stepan or Hagelin
McDonagh or Del Zotto
1st round pick
The Rangers take on the Nash contract. 6 years. $7.8M cap hit. $47.4M in real money.
What a deal
His decision had to be a relief to the Rangers, who had pressed Kreider to turn pro after his both freshman and sophomore seasons and who were reluctant to acquire superstar Rick Nash if it meant giving up Kreider to the last-place Columbus Blue Jackets in the trade.
"He wasn't the only reason, but he was a big part," said Gordie Clark, the Rangers' vice-president of player personnel. "They were asking for so bloody much. As I said in the [war] room, 'Jeez, Columbus wants to give us Nash, but they want us to look like Columbus when we get him.'"
Yeah, their incompetant because they didn't want to trade their franchise player for scraps. Any GM will ask for the moon for their franchise player.
Certain franchises have better "franchise players". The guy has been at a ppg once in his entire NHL career. He requested a trade. He has a NMC. If Columbus wants to trade him anywhere they will need to lower their demands.