I was reading Gordon McIntyre's column today, but the more I read, the more I started tearing my hair out.
- "If the Canucks don't survive until at least the conference final, the season will be judged a failure."
I've already said my piece about this, how the 2nd round of the playoffs, especially when you consistenly get there, is not a bad result. And to throw out _everything_ else the Canucks have done this season, while disappointing is a great example of 'all or nothing' thinking. No wonder we're always down...we're depressed!
- "Sure, most fans know that Detroit's won a few, maybe that the Avalanche and Stars won a couple apiece. But in the grand scheme, it doesn't mean much.
Washington, San Jose and Buffalo have all been President's winners since the lockout and no Stanley Cups show for it."
It doesn't mean as much as some might think, but it's worth much more than Gordon gives credit. 6 out of the last 21 Cup champions were Presidents Trophy winners. Yes, not a great result, but it's still the best out of all the seeds. What's important is to get into the top 4 or 5. 14 out of the last 21 champions seeded this high (16 if you include 5th place). If you just consider the last 12, 11 out of those finished 4th or better. I'll take those odds, thank you.
The President's Trophy is a remarkable accomplishment, especially for the Canucks, considering their travel schedule, and they may just walk away with it too. I never thought I'd see that happen.
- The Selke: "You could have made a strong argument that Manny Malhotra was deserving before his eye injury."
Wait. What? Malhotra gets injured in Game 73, and THAT takes him out of the running? What, does he have to be an ironman to get this award? Give me a break. He probably wouldn't have gotten the award anyway, but because he doesn't put up the points, not because he got injured.