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The Stanley Cup Finals

  • So who would have picked the Oilers to be in the Stanley Cup Finals?

    Not me. I didn’t even give them a chance against Detroit. Not many did.

    However, tonight the Oilers return to the Cup final for the first time since 1990.

    In what league can the 8th and last place team to barely qualify for the Playoffs beat 3 quality teams en route to a birth in the final? The new NHL. It seems the new rules and regulations that promised to make the NHL a more even playing field actually delivered on that promise.

    It also proves that once the playoffs start the regular season really does mean nothing.

    The best part of it is the Oilers are similar to the Canadiens in certain ways. A few key acquisitions to start the year (Pronger, Peca) a lucky/smart goaltender change at the right time (Roloson) and good coaching = a Stanley Cup birth.

    It seems the Canadiens shared 2/3 of those qualities but not quite all of the pieces needed.

    Who’s to say the Canadiens can’t complete the missing pieces of their puzzle in the off season and be the next Cup contending 8th place finishers?

    The Oilers are not only representing Canada but every small market middle class team’s chances.
    Go Oil.

  1. #1 McNutt says:
    June 5, 2006 at 1:57 pm

    The Habs are ready to roll next season if they get Huet back, a real centre to play with Kovalev and a winger to and maybe a defenceman.

    By the way, Zednik put his house up for sale cause he knows he’s gone.

  2. #2 J-Nic says:
    June 5, 2006 at 6:31 pm

    Sundin also put his house to sell in toronto. Trade Zednik for Sundin lol, he could play with Kovalev 😀 !

  3. I wouldn’t give sh.. in hand basket for Sundin(sundown).As far as the playoffs I may sound like a poor looser but in realty don’t give a rats a…, what happens from now on in. Bring on the upcoming draft.

  4. I agree with you Phil, I don’t give a damn about Sundin either. I can’t wait for July 1st, let’s sign Arnott!!!!!!!!

  5. #5 Canadianfan46 says:
    June 29, 2006 at 12:00 pm

    Great season. Too bad a Canadian team didn’t win. Over-all I believe the best team won. Won’t be long before the cup comes north of the border. I think a couple of teams in Canada, ie (Calgary and Ottawa ) have most of the peices in place for a good cup run. Lets not forget Edmonton and possibly Montreal if they make some smart deals. Win or no win for a Canadian team in 2006, hockey is back. Game on!!!

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