For the last three, not Bahstin Celtics, New England Patriots and Manchester United?
Lakers beat the Celtics in their last Finals meeting in 2010. Steelers have won 2 Superbowls since the Patriots last win. FC Barcelona owned ManU last month in the championship game. Also, they have Messi, and not Mickey Rooney's grandson.
That said, I'm kind of glad we didn't get him. I get the feeling he wouldn't take kindly to clearly being a backup to Jimmy and we don't need to go back to the days of goaltender drama (or more goaltender than we're used to, at least).
Wait, so Howard is now a better goalie than Vokoun?
Who cares about how much he'll fight. I'm way more concerned in clearing the crease and using the body to disrupt plays and force players out of position. If Commodore can do that without whining too much, I'm cool with him.
It's the fact Holland always sits and sits and sits .... then once the trade deadline passes, he says, yet again, "I like our team and there wasn't anybody out there we liked." With Holland it's the same company line every damn time he is asked about improving the club. Last year he said the same nonsense in the summer. He said we need a Top 6 scorer. And then the trade deadline came and went. Again.
This is Niks last season, and i'd like to see us back in the Finals and winning another Cup. Who can honestly say he is going to shock the NHL and make big swaps to get us back to where we belong. The man is complacent, whether he's waiting for our young guys to get here, or he is simply gun-shy. Ian White and Commodore? Yeh I bet he beat out 6 or 7 other GM's lining up to sign those two, huh? They are DEPTH guys. Nothing more. Yet some already got White pencilled in as a Top 4 guy.
Still waiting ...
The Wings seem to be in denial that they've lost two years in a row in the 2nd round, and to the same team.
Holland seems to think that we have a good team, and he's right. He's not right, however, in not trying to take this team to the next level.
We're not a Cup contender right now. There's no reason to think we're a better team than last year. We are a little deeper on defense, but our forwards are one year older and are too frequently injured. We need some new blood desperately at forward, before the injuries start kicking in again. The secondary scoring wasn't consistently there in the playoffs. Neither was our forechecking from the 3rd and 4th lines.
I'm starting to think that Holland is content with 2nd round playoff losses.