Voted possibly but what I'd want is a high draft pick, maybe like the flyers when they had their awful season a couple of years ago and drafted Van Riemsdyk and then the next year they were back in the hunt.
The sooner Staal comes back, the more our chances improve. Same goes on the other side of the coin. I was surprised at the results of the poll so far; I guess I'm more pessimistic than most here, but I just think it's way too early in the season to say whether they have better than a 50/50 shot of making it in
Maybe. But wait till we hit a bad stretch (usual December stretch) and find ourselves 8-10 points out.
Agree. I believe we'll be in the hunt for the 6/7/8 seeds with as many as 6 or 7 other teams. The top 5 seeds will be the Caps, Flyers, Pens, Sabres and Bolts. The uncertainty of Staal's health and our lack of scoring will continue to hold us back.
I'm in the 50/50 camp strictly based on how other teams are playing and how many spots are available. I'd guess that Ottawa and especially Florida will come back down to earth at some point. Isles and perhaps Winnipeg may be cellar dwellers. Pens, Flyers & Caps I'd say are locks. Boston eventually will turn it around and who knows if Toronto can maintain this pace.
That leaves 8-10 teams fighting for 5 spots. 50/50... better odds if NJ or someone else bombs.
We're a borderline playoff team without Staal and there's no telling when he'll be back. I see us remaining borderline and getting in if Staal returns. If he doesn't or it's too late, we miss. This team doesn't have the guts to make it without him.