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How Bad Can These Teams Be?

from Sean McIndoe of Grantland,

By my count, a little more than half the teams in the league could be contenders for last place overall if everything went wrong. Of course, some of those teams are better positioned than others, so let’s start with the worst of the worst.

Buffalo Sabres

This year’s 30th slot sure feels like it’s the Sabres’ to lose. After all, they’re the defending champs in this category, having finished at the bottom of the league last year. It wasn’t even close — the Sabres were 14 points back of the 29th-place Panthers. (And remember, that was with former All-Star Ryan Miller in net for most of the season.)...

Calgary Flames

The Flames are another team that’s in rebuild mode, although they actually did try to get better this summer, and may have succeeded thanks to the signing of goaltender Jonas Hiller. On the other hand, they lost Mike Cammalleri, and they’re apparently going to insist on stocking their roster with Brian Burke–style tough guys, so any improvement is likely to be minimal.

more on each of the above tems plus 15 other teams in different categories...

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From the article:

Detroit Red Wings

After 23 straight seasons of making the playoffs, the aging Wings seem to be on the verge of finally fading. Even so, they’re 2014-15 lineup will feature too much talent to have a realistic chance at a total collapse. There’s no chance. They shouldn’t even be on this list.

Still … you have to admit, finally failing just long enough to grab a franchise player and then rebounding right back into contention a year later would be the most Red Wings thing ever.

“Aging.”  Again with the rehashing.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 08/18/14 at 06:03 PM ET

Primis's avatar

“Aging.”  Again with the rehashing.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 08/18/14 at 07:03 PM ET

They are this time though.

Zetterberg, Datsyuk, and Kronwall are all getting to that age.  Franzen as well.  Of those 4, those are the 4 biggest contributors you expect from outside of Jimmy Howard.  Sure we can sit and talk about how we want to see stuff from Tatar, Nyquist, Jurco, etc, but…. we still don’t know if they really can step up more into that tier of contributors.  So with that in mind, it’s just those first 4 whose shoulders will carry the load for another season until proven otherwise.

I’d say “aging” is a legit complaint.  Until Babcock shows he’s ready to take the training wheels off with the kids by MERIT and not forced by injury…  it’s a legit complaint.

Posted by Primis on 08/18/14 at 09:35 PM ET

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