Most wrong? Probably when we signed Gaborik. Was so sure and told my buddies he would never, ever, ever play more than 60 games in a season through the life of the contract. (76, 62, 82 so far). I was also entirely too jacked up every time we signed a big UFA in the early 2000's. So wrong about pretty much all of them.
From recent memory I didn't think P.A. Parenteau had the ability at his age to improve much from his first season. In his first season he felt like a fringe player who made to many mistakes, last year he played more like a legit second line player
Somebody might overpay him this summer but I do feel he has the ability to provide a team with some decent secondary scoring if put in the right situation(although unless your PP needs him playing off the left hand boards, stay away since that is his bread and butter)
Was wrong on Jonathan Quick. I thought Bernier was going to be the man in LA. I remember thinking the Kings should have traded Quick for Jeff Carter . And while I still think Bernier could be a Top 10 goalie, Quick's performance this season was the best goaltending since Hasek for the Sabres over a decade ago.
- I thought the Panthers would be bottom feeders
- I thought the Leafs and Oilers would end up 6-8 in their respective conferences.
- I was sure that the Kings beating the Canucks was a fluke.
- I was sure that the Kings beating the Blues was a fluke.
Oh it isn't funny at their expense. It's just funny that I was an idiot for thinking that Carter and Wiz wasn't enough. It wasn't just their fans.
I really do feel bad for them. Their fans deserve better. They've been very patient. That's why I always get irritated when Oilers fans justify winning the lottery and stealing CBJ's pick (being a good thing) by saying "we've put up with so much...we deserve this". The Oilers have how many cups and former legends? Columbus has basically nothing to be proud of so far.
Reminds me of this side-by-side comparison Mayor Bee came up with shortly after the lottery results:
Originally Posted by candyman82
Jeff Carter can't be that bad of a teammate
This. So very this.
I also remember thinking Bogosian was going to end up little more than a second-pairing guy. The jury's still out, but this past year makes that look a little less likely to be his ceiling.
Remember - when you're a hockey fan, it's not "reckless driving", it's "good forechecking".
"Viqsi, you are our sweet humanist..." --mt-svk on the CBJ boards
Thanks, Howson, for cleaning up MacLean's toxic waste. Welcome, Kekalainen; let's get good things built!