Posted 22 February 2007 - 01:23 PM
Ok, i'm gonna go ahead and agree with what forsbergisafairy is saying....i think you other guys are just trying to play stupid. Ofcourse the ultimate goal for all teams in the nhl is to win the stanely cup....but a team like the penguins who will make the playoffs this year, will consider this a successful season because they made the playoffs....nevermind if they win the cup. If they win the cup, they will have exceeded their expectations this season. Just by making the playoffs, their head coach can bank on keeping his job the next couple years.
flip that around....
if the red wings didnt make the playoffs this year, we'd all be ranting for joe kocur to be named head coach (we need grit anywhere we can find it right?)
Now that isnt to say that no other teams management is saying that it is an absolute that their team brings home the cup. Teams like anaheim, nashville, san jose, detroit, buffalo, ottawa, new jersey, carolina, are probably all of the teams that comprise that list. However, since the early 90's.....which of all those teams can say that every year, winning the stanely cup was their realistic goal? And the fans of detroit can contest, its either cup or bust. Now right away you can wipe out anaheim, nashville, san jose, buffalo, ottawa, and carolina from that list because all of those teams have been cellar teams for many years (san jose not so much, just mediocre). Those years at the bottom has allowed them to aquire some great draft picks. Now in my opinion, its only detroit and new jersey who have remained the elite year after year. The avs and stars almost graized the list....alas they have had their struggles in the past and as of late.
so does that help clear up what the OP was trying to say? god, i swear half of this board is retarted sometimes.
Just for the record, the weather today is slightly sarcastic with a good chance of rain.