If we can't even make the playoffs this year, how can we be a top 4 next year? Yeah, youth growth, but how much money will we have to spend on FAs? We're up against it and have three big re-signings to make..... not looking great for the additions this team needs
I knew that the stats were that close.... people that take the in the playoffs anything can happen like to ignore the amount of times the 7th and 8th seeds get eliminated in the first round, and the fact that if they do ride a hot goalie for a bit, it has never been for 16 wins.
Not yet and not for a while. We'll be lucky to land 8th seed this year, and you're right it's not often that the lower seeded playoff teams win it all. Playoff games aren't a one game series (thank God), this isn't the NFL, so can anything happen? Sure, but it's more likely that a championship goes to the team that has performed well in the regular season. Don't tell that to Vancouver though.
But some unlikely teams get hot and go on runs (Montreal 2010). I'm really hoping Toronto pulls something like that off.
with the current team, i'd be surprised. it's not impossible but it's not likely. we'd need at least one more major acquisition.
and for the record, i think this would happen by passing the Bruins for the division and getting the #2 seed (hopefully they get a year without superstar goaltending!) and not having to get ahead of 2 of NYR/Philly/Pittsburgh for #4. neither is likely, don't get me wrong, but it's got better odds