ToddM wrote: slaps wrote: ToddM wrote:
wonko80 wrote:What would you label Dallas as?
A playoff bubble team.
You forgot to say "has failed to reach the playoffs in 8 of the past 10 seasons." That's not a bubble team, that's a bad team.
80% of those bad teams have literally nothing to do with this year's team. You could even argue that this year's Kari-free version has almost nothing to do with last year's team, which was playoff-bound until Bishop went down.
I don't know why you guys are all bellyachin'. For the first time like, ever, we've got four of the 20 most exciting players in the entire NHL, the best d-man in the Western Conference, and possibly another one on the way. Our pipeline has actual scorers and goalies, instead of Yared Hagos. And we're playing uptempo hockey again, instead of Hitch's four-goalie system. So we lost to some overachieving Eastern teams. So what? We absolutely cleaned Winnipeg's clock in our only actual four-point game so far.
Those teams have a lot to do with this team. Their failures put the Stars in some nice draft positions, but nothing much was done with those picks.
The roster now is full of those picks (Nichushkin, Dickinson, Hint, Shore, Smith, Ritchie, and Faksa), but none of those forwards are contributing any offense. That's a lot of draft picks spent from years of bad teams, and those guys don't like like they have any real potential to generate offense in the NHL. Janmark was added when one of those bad teams sold its veteran forward as a rental, and he's also in the not contributing bucket.
I got a ranch in downtown Dallas/I buy diamonds by the ton/Chase cuties in my Cadillac/Drill oil wells just for fun/But when it comes to boots, I need a deal/That will fit me right, toe to heel/So I get my boots at Western Warehouse.