The only surprise up there is Montreal.
That's a shocker.
I don't hate them myself, but they are a polarizing organization, so I can see a little hate. While they may be tied for 4th on the list, they really aren't close to the "big 3."
Originally Posted by Captain Bob
Besides Boston and Detroit, isn't Philly the best American franchise of the last 40 years?
By what measure? Certainly not by Stanley Cups. They are amidst a 36-year drought. They're usually in the playoffs, and often do well, but Clarke could never quite get it done, and I think that was largely due to a number of poor decisions on his part and failing to find the proper chemistry/balance/whatever you want to call it for his roster. He was ultimately a failure as a GM. And I'm not sure Holmgren doesn't have much of the same philosophy.
Vancouver - Too many gutless players
SJ - I used to like the Sharks, but I've never liked Thornton much and Setoguchi's diving really bugged me
Phx - Relocate, would ya?
Dallas - Used to hate these guys when they were top notch. Same with Colorado. But something about the intense hatred for Colorado turned into something resembling nostalgic admiration. Dallas? Nope. I just don't like this team.
LA Kings - Haven't liked them since they abandoned to old purple and gold
On the Fence:
Pittsburgh - Can't stand Crosby, but the Penguins were one of my favorites for years.