NOTE: before you guys go ranting on me about how stupid of an idea this is... this actually came to mind when i was at the grocery wstore. It's NOT serious in any way, and I thought I would share it with everybody
lets face it, every other canadian team has had their chance to win the stanley cup. Lets look at some history here...
2003-2004: Calgary Flames almost won the Stanley Cup but came out short with a game 7 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Calgary started out as a 6th seed, beat out 3rd seed Vancouver, 1st seed Detroit, and 2nd seed San Jose.
2004-2005: nothing... lockout
2005-2006: Edmonton Oilers made a dramatic Cinderella Story push for the cup starting in 8th seed. They beat out Detroit, San Jose, and Anaheim, to lose to the Eastern Conference 2nd seed Carolina Hurricanes 3-1.
2006-2007 (the "Red Scare" year): Ottawa started in 4th, beat out 5th seed Pittsburgh, 2nd seed New Jersey, and 1st seed Buffalo... just to lose in only 5 games to Brian Burke's (only cuz he was the GM) Ducks.
2007-2008 (the "Napoleonic" year: Montreal takes the East with 47 wins and a 1st seed of the Easter Conference playoffs...to lose to 6th seed Phili in the 2nd round 4-1. Lets face it... some of us feared that Montreal was going to take the cup, and even the potential Ottawa Senators run to set a new record for points in a season gave some a fright (until a nice man by the name of Ray Emery stepped in and ruined the team).
2008-2009: The Canucks were the only Canadian team to move into the 2nd round to make a strike for Lord Stanley's cup. With a dominating 4-0 sweep over the St. Louis Blues, 5 goals allowed in 4 games by Roberto Luongo, Vancouver looked like they were unstoppable until Chicago calmly closed the door on Canada's chance of taking a cup back home.
So we've had it, in 5 consecutive seasons (not including the lockout) 5 Canadian teams have all had their chance of winning the Stanley Cup. 3/5 made it to the finals and lost, 1 took the east but failed to make it out of the 2nd round, and the other made a run in the West, but also failed to make it out of the 2nd round.
So.... WE'RE NEXT!
or we can dream?
it's just speculation
Last edited by The Brewmeister: 08-01-2009 at 06:19 PM.
I'd say Calgary is a contender right now. Vancouver has most of the parts ready too, lacking a bit on the blue line though. Edmonton has loads of offensive top end talent and they have finally gotten rid of their horrible coach so I put them ahead of our schedule too. Montreal just looks plain weird on paper and Ottawa is a bit of a mess (which they could turn around fast if Clouston is as good of a coach as he seems to be).
The Leafs.. who knows if what Burke has done is actual improvements. Back when we added Kubina and Gill it also looked pretty good on paper. Will Gustavsson turn into Henrik Lundqvist or another Tellqvist/Raycroft? Where is the offensive talent that can compete with the best offensive dynamos around the league?