With the majority of the teams in the division already 21% of the way through their schedule, I suppose we have a lot to talk about, what with this being the first legitimate Northwest Check since the second-to-last week of last season. Since them, an awful lot has happened just with our own team, let alone the drama queens we inhabit standings space with.
Calgary did like Colorado and set fire to $16 million only Euro'd the crap out of the name and went with "Jiri Hudler" because it was more exotic sounding than David Jones. Unlike Colorado, they didn't stop the money fire pit there and went cash crazy with the acquisition of Dennis Wideman (7p in 8gp, aka more points than our entire defense combined) and held onto Jay Bouwmeester. Must be nice to be owned by rich people, eh? I digress. Calgary, despite their shiny toy distraction additions, still isn't very good and entirely reliant upon Miikka Kiprusoff to bail them out most night. Seeing as how Kipper is 36 and already hurt, I'd say the outlook in Calgary is excellent. At least from an Avs fan perspective :D
Edmonton...lol. Their big off-season moves consisted of signing ultra mega hyped defenseman Justin Schultz and drafting first overall...again selecting a high-scoring forward with little defensive acumen and hoping Devan Dubnyk can live up to his billing as goaltender of the future in the present. As you'll read below, 10 games have come and gone and the Edmonton media is up in airs and cannibalizing itself in search of pointing the finger at the right guy. Justin Schultz is the prized free agent pickup of the season and despite lighting up the AHL has struggled to find his defensive legs in the NHL quite yet. It's only 10 games, though, so don't go getting crazy and making any drastic movies, Tambo. Also please keep playing Ryan Whitney. The rest of us are enjoying it immensely.
Minnesota found themselves stealing the July Darlings title of the phantom but totally real Silly Season Summer Championship titlebelt from The Genius George McPhee and the Washington Capitals because of their hypocritical $198 million commitment to two whole players. Sadly for the Wild, they're still waiting on vaunted defensive star Ryan Suter to show up to camp. If any of you see him, btw, don't bother telling him the Wild are looking for him. Life is more fun this way. Unfortunately for the Wild, things like growing pains exist for younger players so Baby Granlund hasn't evolved into Superstar Granlund...yet.
I hate talking about Vancouver. That Kassian kid looks legit and the Sedins are still co-captains of the Flop All-Stars. I can barely watch their games without having horrible nightmares of Manu Ginobili tumbling over with every breeze (and let's be real, the way that guy plays defense means there are a lot of breezes). Hopefully the monster Gillis has created by refusing to part ways with Roberto Luongo ultimately backfires and swallows the team whole in their next inevitable playoff letdown. At least I have that to look forward to :D
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All standings related info taken from NHL.com...
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