"Coyotes' tandem is Smith/Labarbera? Enjoy Yakupov."
"Ehrhoff? Leino? Reghyr? Cup for the Sabres!"
Also, I was at a Washington-Ottawa game in February. I was thrilled Washington looked so horrible, stating, "There's no chance this team makes the playoffs. They're going to be passed by the Leafs by the end of the week". We feel apart and they were a game away from the Conference Finals.
At the beginning of the playoffs my brotherinlaw called and asked what I thought of his hockey pool picks (he tried to load up on what was available from the 'Nucks, and went almost exclusively with NJ Devil players for the rest of his team)...
He's not a hard core fan, so wanted my opinion...
I told him the Calgary Flames had as good a shot as making it to the finals as the Devils did.
"We traded Samuelsson for Booth?! Hallelujah, the perfect winger for Kesler!"
Setting aside Kesler came back early from injury and now training, and that Booth had to get used the Vancouver system, in retrospect it seems all too obvious how useful Samuelsson was to Kesler and the rest of the team.
I remember thinking, back when Stamkos was drafted, Tavares was an upcoming phenom, and hfboards was full of whispers of how incredible some Hall kid was, that it was too bad the Oilers would never be bad enough to draft true stars and would forever be trapped in mediocrity. How wrong was I.