Posted 14 June 2013 - 10:56 AM
I wouldn't consider two first round losses to be a going in a "cycle". I know many here seem to think there's an exact formula to winning it all. There just isn't. A few months ago, many here had already given the cup to the Pens and annointed Ray Shero the best GM ever.
Injuries happen, goalies get hot, you get fluke goals. Chicago was one flukey goal away from being an epic failure this season in the minds of many and now they're the shining example of how to do things.
The people who were giving the cup to the Pens were fools who are ignorant of the history of hockey. They were one of the favourites for sure, but thats all you can do as a GM - make your team a contender. Then as you say, injuries, goalies and fluke goals have their say on your outcome.
Nevertheless, the best way to build a team in this cap world, is a strong core of stars surrounded by scrubs, retreads and kids who are cheap AND good. Just like Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh and LA have...
Unfortunately, we woke Chicago up. They sleepwalked through their first 7 games. They've gone 8-1 since they were 3 games to 1 down.
"If I can be totally honest, it's not a lot of guys you get impressed by. Actually, it's no one else but him. From the bench, to see what move he makes -- you're like, 'I wish I could do that.' Sometimes you sit on the bench and just think, 'wow,' and you look over to the other bench and they sit there and shake their heads, too. He has great, great skills. I'm probably not going to play with another player who has the kind of skills he has." Mikael Samuelsson on Pavel Datsyuk