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  2. Cogliano was not a TDL deal. He was traded long before then.
  3. I could not disagree more with this. There is zero doubt in my mind that Tampa Bay was and is a better team than Columbus. And short of playing 10 more games (at least) between the two teams and watching Columbus win the majority of them in convincing fashion, nothing will convince me that Columbus was the better team. Columbus played their best hockey of the season and Tampa played their worst. It happens in short series. But it doesn't tell us much about the overall quality of either team. Tampa wasn't "arrogant." They had the best roster in the NHL by a large margin. They didn't make pointless trades to "fix" a roster that didn't need fixing. I can't blame them for that. It was smart.
  4. dtsdlaw

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    Maybe. Washington’s Achilles heal has always been composure, and after letting Barry Trotz walk during the summer and hiring a young rookie head coach (Rierdan) would it really be that surprising if they returned to pre-2018 form and blew a game 7 at home? Trotz doesn’t get enough credit for getting that team to play through its demons last season. Agreed on Dallas though. Forget Colorado, THAT team is on the rise.
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  6. nieder

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    Reminds me of 2006 where seeds 1-4 in the West all lost first round. If memory serves, Anaheim was the #6 seed and beat Calgary, then suddenly found themselves with home ice advantage in the second round despite being the #6 seed. I have no problem with it, especially when my team is out of it. I enjoy rooting for the underdog. It is pretty crazy that we could potentially see the lower seed win 7 out of 8 series. To me this is part of what makes the NHL a superior product to leagues like the NBA where the lower seeds rarely if ever win. I want all 16 teams in the playoffs to have a genuine shot at the Cup, otherwise what is the point in being there? In the NBA they might as well just skip the first 2 rounds of the playoffs because there are usually only about 4 teams who have a legitimate chance to win.
  7. Darryl Sutter "failed" multiple before he won two Cups with LA, and then got fired again. Quenneville was fired by St Louis and Colorado before getting his three Cups with Chicago, and then got fired again. Mike Sullivan was fired by Boston before getting two Cups with the Pens, and now has a warm seat in Pittsburgh. Claude Julien was fired by Montreal and New Jersey before getting his Cup in Boston. "Fail" and "recycling" are very poor choices of words IMO. Great coaches get fired all the time. I would be extremely happy if GMBM "recycled" a great coach who "failed" with another organization. In fact, I actually can't think of a single college coach who has gone on to win a Cup.
  8. Jasoaks

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    If Carolina beats Washington...I mean...that's gonna be putting the league into full chaos mode lol Dallas I've always felt was a team that massively underperformed based off of their line-up. They've got a heckuva good forward group, an incredible iron man who's the greatest guy ever, a norris-caliber D, a vezina-caliber goalie...them "upsetting" the Preds is an upset, sure, but it's not super unpredictable. The Blues defeating the Jets just blows my mind. While good for us...I just did not see that happening. Columbus was lightning in a bottle. Well-timed signings/trades that finally clicked at the exact moment. But I think theyve opened the bottle and the lightning is gone...and they're gonna come out very flat in the next round. Knights/Sharks...I dunno.
  9. dtsdlaw

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    Door #1 here. I think that the NHL playoffs expose organizational weaknesses, from front office to coach to assistant coaches in change of special teams to players.. all the way down to the friggen training staff. The organization that can get it all right (or as many things right as possible) is the one left holding the trophy in the end. And I am more than good with that. Look at the Lightning-Jackets series. Tampa Bay made ZERO moves to improve their roster at the deadline. They basically said, "we're good enough right now, in February, that we don't need to address any holes in our team to win the Cup." And they played like it after the 1st period of game 1, basically acting like the could just thrown their jerseys on the ice and still win each night. That's arrogance IMO, and it cost them against a team that made the biggest, boldest TDL moves in the league and then played their hearts out. So, organizational weakness in Tampa (arrogance and complacency) bounced them in the first round, not luck. Even if it's just adding a Brad May, you can't think you're good enough in February to do nothing to try to improve your team for the playoffs. Same goes for Calgary. Organizational weakness = softness of their "elite players" when the real hockey starts in April. Nashville? Their "elite" players are divers and whiners and can't get it done when the chips are down because they're too worried about the calls. And on and on. Once in a blue moon, a goaltender will steal a series against a superior team, but rarely (ever?) will a goaltender steal a Cup. Those situations aside, you can always look back in hindsight and point to the reason(s) a team gets bounced in the playoffs, and it's never just luck or bad calls (or whatever fans complain about is beyond the team's control). We may not always be able to see it before a series starts, but it's always crystal clear after. The best-of-7 format make sure of that.
  10. They fear our Ducks because they are Not us. DuckPride 4ever MooseDuck
  11. These playoffs are weird. They're definitely not bad, but they're just strange. I'm cool with upsets here and there (especially when they happen to Nashville), but the number of "upsets" this year has been crazy, and not in a good way, in my opinion. Sean McIndoe wrote a good piece about this on The Athletic (subscription). I know the playoffs are fairly random because you get a bunch of good teams with the ability to get hot, but this seems a little TOO random. Three out of four Wild Cards are already moving on, and the fourth just forced a game seven against the defending Cup champions. If you read that piece, I'm definitely a Door #2 guy, and these playoffs have been a bit of a letdown because I want some of the good teams to win just to show that there's order in the world. I like parity to an extent, but this is too much.
  12. nieder

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    I was going to say this. I thought that goaltending would be their downfall, but honestly Mike Smith kept them in that series. They were outplayed throughout. Smith saw 205 shots in 5 games! Even including a period of OT, that's an average of almost 13 shots against per period. That's a pretty insane number of shots to allow on a regular basis in the playoffs. In comparison, St. Louis kept Winnipeg to just 6 shots through the first 2 periods of their Game 6 victory. Lol.
  13. dtsdlaw

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    Nothing against hoxxey, but the first two posts of this thread are golden. It's amazing how quickly things can turn in the NHL playoffs. Just take Martin Jones, who was atrocious for the Sharks in games 1-4 and then suddenly morphed into JS Giguere (circa 2003) in game 5 & 6. I love the NHL playoffs. Even when we aren't in them.
  14. Jasoaks

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    Sooo...so far I completely got the Central wrong...but everything else I've had right...we'll see how these Games 7s go...woo! so many Game 7s!!
  15. Jasoaks

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    Agree with all of this. Colorado is top-heavy...and still questionable in goal if you ask me. They still haven't really recovered since losing Roy (as a goalie). They weren't and they had a hot goalie to make up for it, too. I don't see Colorado's goalies getting hot...I mean, who can really tell. But that's why I don't think they are going to go far. Unless their goalies can stand up...I don't see them getting out of the next round...unless they play the Sharks...'cause the Avs will DESTROY the Sharks...their goalies/D are even worse than Calgary's...
  16. dtsdlaw

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    Ottawa had an elite top line with Alfredsson, Spezza and Heatley, but don't forget that Mike Fisher was their #2C and he finished 3rd in the Selke voting in 2006 and 5th in 2007. They also had solid depth down the middle with Vermette, Comrie, and Chris Kelly. IMO, that Ottawa team was built more like our 2014-15 team that lost in the WCF to Chicago, with Getzlaf's line responsible for the scoring, Kesler's line doing the heavy lifting against the opponents' top lines, and a bunch of kid forwards pitching in where they could (like Beleskey did). Meanwhile, this current Avs team is built more like the Ducks 2010-11 team, when we had a top line of Bobby-Getz-Pears (at the time, the best line in hockey), but our 2nd line was anchored by a 36-year-old Saku Koivu and we were relying on a top-4 blue line of Lubo-Lydman and Fowler-Beauch. Just like our 2010-11 team, the Avs have a lot of holes to fill before they'll be a consistent threat to win it all. Also, keep in mind that Ottawa team didn't get past the 1st round for the next five years, and even missed the playoffs twice during that span. They caught lightning in a bottle in 2007 but weren't a deep enough team to stay on top in subsequent seasons.
  17. hoxxey

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    You are right on that point. I remember when the ducks swept them in the playoffs - Getzlaf took him out in the boards and the coach kept him on the bench for the rest of the game to "protect" his star player... Awesome.
  18. I'll root for Cogs no matter which team he plays for. He got a call out by the Stars' goalie after the game.
  19. Johnny Gaudreau has no idea how to play in the playoffs. He gets hit, pushed around, muscled off the puck by the more physical style of play, and then looks around like a sad, lost puppy. Outside of one game against Vancouver in 2015, he's put up 9 points in 19 games, with no more than one point in any of those games.
  20. I'm totally with you on this one. If our Ducks don't win it I root for whoever plays against the preds. So sweet. And the flames getting eliminated is a nice bonus. This season sucked for sure but finally something to be excited about.
  21. You're right. There's not much depth but that top line is sick. If you can contain them no problem but if you can't... Was ottawa much more than a top line in 2007? In the end they didn't go all the way but they got close. Joe Sakic will have a lot of work this summer. Lots of RFA's and UFA's but apart from Rantanen none will get a big payday. If Sakic can make a few good signings I can see the Avs make some noise in The Playoffs next year. But you're right in saying it can just as easily be the other way around. An injury or downyear from one of their top guys and they're probably in the bottom.
  22. No matter how bad this team is, if we make it to The Playoffs we always stand a chance against winnipeg and calgary. We may get blown out by every other team in the West but those two teams fear us
  23. Gulls win Game 3 in San Jose 4-2. Gulls lead the series two games to one in a best of five series. Game 4 Wednesday.
  24. I can't believe I just screamed YES at the top of my lungs for a freaking Dallas Stars goal. This would be the dirtiest I've ever felt in my life if it wasn't for the fact that they eliminated the biggest disgrace in hockey after only 6 games I don't even think I care about what happens from here on out. This was the best possible ending for such a lame year of hockey. Trash is gone and it's beautiful. So much for that insurmountable home ice advantage. Best defence in the league? Vezina calibre goalie? Maybe if you want to hang up another joke western conference regular season champions banner at the end of the season. I hope they end up getting poked by all the catfish after they end up making a total mockery of the golf links the same way they do with a hockey rink and have to reach into the water to retrieve their balls.
  25. What was surprising about Calgary losing is that it wasn't goaltending that cost them. Their defense, which is very talented, got absolutely bludgeoned by Colorado, especially the top-line and their 2nd ranked offense went completely dry after Game 1. Also, we beat Calgary both years that we went to the WCF in 2015 and 2017 lol.
  26. Ben Bishop just now crediting the TDL additions of Cogliano and Zuccarello for being the reason the Stars turned their season around, saying they brought experience and maturity to the team.
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