Thursday, October 1, 2009
Drop The Puck!
Is it really time to start the chase for Lord Stanley's fabled mug again? It seems a short while ago that Marc Andre Fleury was robbing Nick Lidstrom and Sidney Crosby was skating around Joe Louis Arena with this trophy in tow. Can the Penguins repeat this year? Many believe they can as they think a dynasty--the first since the Oilers of the 80's and early 90's--is being created.
I say the Penguins will not repeat. In fact, I say they don't get back to the finals. While I see one young group in Crosby, Malkin, Staal, etc, etc not coming through this year, I see another team coming through to win it all. That team.....
When all is said and done and it comes time for Commissioner Bettman to hand the trophy over(which is what in early August now?), I see him presenting it to the young Chicago team led by Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, etc, etc. Yes, I think Chicago will have to upgrade in net as I wonder if Cristobal Huet is the guy, but when it comes right down to the final two, I will take Chicago over Philly. By the way, TSN's James Duthie is also thinking this. So yes it is true that warped minds think alike. Jeez, I hope he's not taking credit for the monkey's picks.
Don't look for a lot from Canada's teams. The Canucks will contend for the Cup again, but fall short as will the Flames. Edmonton will not make the playoffs and neither will Toronto. Montreal and Ottawa may sneak in.
Phoenix (insert city name here) will be the worst team in the league and one wonders how the operation of that squad will go as the season goes along.
That's my thoughts on the upcoming season. As always, I'm eager to hear your thoughts. Comment away!