Who’s heard that this week? Who’s thought it?
…who thinks it’s horseshit?
I was a depressed as anyone about “Pasuter” on Wednesday, but after a day drinking beer, sitting in the pool and thanking the sweet lord of synthetic fabrics for my girlfriend’s American flag bikini, I realized that all is not lost.
Looking at the comments today, it appears a lot of you failed to take Hollis’ advice to do your patriotic duty and drink this young free agency market debacle off.
Are we REALLY going to miss the playoffs this year? Is this the end of 2 decades of excellence?
I’m convinced it’s not. This team isn’t going to win the President’s Trophy. I’m under no delusions that it’s even going to win the division, but you’ll have to come with some heavy “mental lumber” to convince me we’re not the 8th best team in the Western Conference right now…even without our big Top 6 forward signing of a new shiny defenseman.
I was in the same apocalyptic state as most of you this morning. It got me thinking – if we’re COMPLETELY FUCKED next year, that means 8 other teams are going to close out the year ahead of us. Take the divisional breakdown out of this for a minute and just roll that through the noggin.
Eight squads are going to clip the Wings.
I’m not buying it.
Let’s break down conference into the likelihood of teams making it into the postseason:
- Vancouver, St. Louis, Chicago, LA and San Jose will all find their way in. Fine. That’s five “locks” and leaves the Wings fighting for the remaining three.
- There are two other teams from last years’ playoffs NOT mentioned in that group – Nashville and Phoenix, both of whom will have gotten gutted by the time this offseason is done. Buh-buy.
- Replacing them, in this highly presumptive, unscientific exercise, based solely on what they’ve done this offseason, are the two Western teams who’ve done the most this offseason to improve their squads: Calgary and Minnesota.
- Now there’s one spot left, leaving the Wings scrapping it out with the following clubs: Columbus (no), Colorado (no again), Edmonton (maybe), Dallas (no), Anaheim (no again).
There are a LOT of assumptions being made here, but for the purposes of offseason bullshitting, and as a substitute for looking through the wedding pages of prospective UFAs like we were all doing a week ago, a simpler way to look at this is if you really believe the Wings are worse off than that last group.
Reshuffle the decks here as you see fit. Think Edmonton finally breaks through with their youngsters? Think Nashville finds a way to hang on? Bet Doan goes back to Phoenix and leads them back to the promise land? Fine, make your case, but don’t sit there claiming the sky is falling without a reasoned argument for who takes our spot as the 8th-best team in the Western Conference.