Well, now what do all of you say who insisted, 'Don't pick your poison BS'? It is a real possibility that we'll be in 5th, seriously ... you wouldn't prefer to play whoever is in No. 3 over Nashville? But come to think of it, doesn't really matter, even if we can get past round 1, we'll get our arses kicked in round 2. Let's face it, this team isn't Stanley Cup Finals material.
I agree with OP and seriously think that we should aim for 6th. It's not that we don't want to face all the good teams to get to the SCF, if we are in 6th, we will face good teams in round 2 and Conference finals ... we want to face them as healthy as possible. Playoffs is a game of attrition, how many of your best players stay healthy till the end.
Burke just blew $1 mill or more, whatever his one year extension was to his buddy Wilson. Stupid of him to give him extension before Christmas when he hasn't done anything. Having said that, there are so many ex-coaches still living on their contract pay and then get a new job. Does this mean that Carlyle he is getting paid both by Anaheim (whatever his contract was) and Leafs?