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01-19-2010, 04:30 AM
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What's your biggest surprise this year?

I was reading the standings and the stats and some guys or teams kinda surprise me.

First of all Matt Moulson from the Isles who have 32 points in 49 games, i'm sure playing with Okposo and Tavares must help his stats, but i didn't expect him to be with almost 20 goals. Then one of the biggest surprise for me is the Coyotes, after all they've bee through this summer, Tippett is doing a great job, he's doing what Gretzky never did with the Yotes when he was the head coach. Bryzgalov is one of the best goalie and guys Upshall, Lang, Michalek, Doan, Lombardi are making one hell of a job. Then for sure Plekanec surprise me this year after last season i didn't expect him to be that much good.

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Buffalo finally getting their **** together. And I guess on that note Tim Connolly potentially playing a full, meaningful year.

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Guimauve Latendresse's goal scoring output since being traded... I didn't think he had it in him.

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Guimauve Latendresse's goal scoring output since being traded... I didn't think he had it in him.
yep i forgot that one ! Jonathan Quick was expected at this level, i thought Bernier would had his chance this season.

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Dustin Penner
Loui Eriksson
Patric Hornqvist

all with 20+ goals

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Dustin Penner
Loui Eriksson
Patric Hornqvist

all with 20+ goals
Loui Eriksson shouldn't be too much of a surprise...he did score 36 last year.

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For me it has to be the Phoenix Coyotes, with Gretzky gone and all the mess over the summer, and still to emerge and compete the way they have. I know they have fallen off a bit, but still they are a great story.

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01-19-2010, 09:22 AM
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I thought Tanguay would do a lot better, especially with Lecavalier and St-Louis on the same team. I also thought Boston would be a much much better team. As for THE biggest surprise, it's me. I realised I'm way too optimistic. I thought the habs would be a lot better than they are. But of course, I'd like to see what we'd be like without all the injuries we had(ve).

Also, for the first time ever, I'm gonna say Gainey needs to go. I love him to death, but he's not helping the team.

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01-19-2010, 09:24 AM
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Plekanec for us

The Kings and Coyotes in the West,Sabres in the East

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Plekanec on fire and good at both side of the ice.
Colorado, Phoenix to be powerhouse in the west.
Carolina in the bottom.
Gaborik is healthy for most of the games.
Steve Mason having the Andrew Raycroft Syndrome after winnig Calder.
Kovalchuk asking for 12M per year.
Brian Burke is just plain stupid and create a total mess in Toronto.

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The fact that even with half the team being changed and having a New Coach, this team sucks as much as last year (or worse) and most games are a pain to watch

Unfortunately I cannot not watch them...

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Colorado. I had them pegged for near dead last in the league in the off-season.

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I think we all know its the transformation of Guillament Latendresse into a 3rd star of the week.

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My surprize of the year is that Hab fans don't have the patience in this transition year to see this squad through thick and thin instead choosing to crap all over a classy gentleman and a great GM like Bob Gainey cuz we can't win the Stanley Cup instantly.

And also Henrik Sedin being the league's leading scorer. Michael Leighton coming out of nowhere to take the Flyers back into the hunt and Phoenix competing in spite of having no fans and no hope in the desert.

Not surprized the Leafs suck.

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My surprize of the year is that Hab fans don't have the patience in this transition year to see this squad through thick and thin instead choosing to crap all over a classy gentleman and a great GM like Bob Gainey cuz we can't win the Stanley Cup instantly.
Is that really a surprise though?

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Plekanec on fire and good at both side of the ice.
Colorado, Phoenix to be powerhouse in the west.
Carolina in the bottom.
Gaborik is healthy for most of the games.
Steve Mason having the Andrew Raycroft Syndrome after winnig Calder.
Kovalchuk asking for 12M per year.
Brian Burke is just plain stupid and create a total mess in Toronto.
you're so ****in right ! I hope Mason won't be the next Raycroft !

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My surprize of the year is that Hab fans don't have the patience in this transition year to see this squad through thick and thin instead choosing to crap all over a classy gentleman and a great GM like Bob Gainey cuz we can't win the Stanley Cup instantly.

And also Henrik Sedin being the league's leading scorer. Michael Leighton coming out of nowhere to take the Flyers back into the hunt and Phoenix competing in spite of having no fans and no hope in the desert.

Not surprized the Leafs suck.
In fact there are more and more fans in the arena, the sickets sold are pretty good right now.

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Nothing.

Whatever the majority on hf agrees, the opposite will happen.

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My surprize of the year is that Hab fans don't have the patience in this transition year to see this squad through thick and thin instead choosing to crap all over a classy gentleman and a great GM like Bob Gainey cuz we can't win the Stanley Cup instantly.
i know what your saying but gainey has been GM since 2003...its been 7 years and we're still a bubble team for the playoff

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In fact there are more and more fans in the arena, the sickets sold are pretty good right now.
What's a sicket? Yeah, tickets are, what, about $10 for two???

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i know what your saying but gainey has been GM since 2003...its been 7 years and we're still a bubble team for the playoff
So? David Poile's been GM in Nashville with Barry Trotz as coach now since that franchise's inception, they are always a solid hockey team playing in a tough conference no less. Point is, stability is what is needed in Montreal where everyone gets a little too fickle and crazy about the success or lack of instant success they crave.

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Is that really a surprise though?
Sadly no.

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I'd say the emergence of Phoenix and Colorado. I don't know anyone who predicted they'd be playing this well past the halfway point.

For the Habs I'd say Plekanec. After the dismal stats he put up last season, you knew he could only improve. I just never expected the improvement to be so big.

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What's a sicket? Yeah, tickets are, what, about $10 for two???
From $6.00 to $148.00 I think they do whatever they can to bring peoples at the jobing arena. You can't complain abou it !

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Seeing Komisarek absolutely dominate with the Leafs

And Burke living up to his reputation of being the worlds greatest GM

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