OK last prediction

- May 30th, 2012

I’m taking the Los Angeles Kings in 6. I don’t know why.
I just think they’re going to win.
The New Jersey Devils have been excellent in the playoffs.
I just think the Kings have shown they can beat every opponent handily.

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8 comments

  1. ChokerHater says:

    I already called the Kings in 6 but maybe 5

  2. ChokerHater says:

    I’ll repost

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    I’ll take the Kings in 6 maybe even 5
    I think NJD’s got off easy on a tired team, played over their heads and will bounce back to earth hard
    The only reason I even say 6 is it might take the Kings a bit to get their legs back from all the waiting.
    And then making them wait till today to start the finals is dumb. It’s not the Kings fault the last series took so long, the Kings should have got the advantage of a short layoff but instead they have to sit and wait even longer
    Should be short and sweet
    Then we can get on with summer baseball, oh that’s right, you don’t have a major league team in Ottawa anymore
    Ok football, oops hahaha no football either
    OK OK then maybe we can all go down to Petrie Island and swim with the floating turds LOL

  3. Visitor - Pierre D. says:

    Also taking the Kings. Can’t stand Brodeur, I’m a Roy guy.

    Thanks to Nick Lidstrom for a great career. Got to see him all too little as a Senators fan but the guy amazed. Just positionally perfect, great hockey IQ and absolutely classy (oversued that word…) off the ice.

    I like some of the things Karlsson brings to the table but he has a long, long, long way to go before he is as classy as Nick or as defensively apt as Nick. Hope we can get Karlsson signed though…but please do not give him a NMC or NTC. This year may have been his best production-wise…

    Thanks for writing Bruce.

    Choker, I don’t get your meaning. I hardly ever went to see the Riders and never the Lynx. I may have been to one Fat Cats game. I’m just not one of these people that goes rabid nuts to support something just because it’s local. I support sports when they are well-run, winning and accountable. I support a restaurant (for example) when I get good food, service, polite and efficient waiting on my table and so on. Will I support the new CFL team? Maybe. Depends how well-run they are and whether they win.

  4. Bobby Goodman says:

    Choke, mon ami, I’m not sure why you feel compelled to trash Ottawa, their teams and some beautiful geographic locations? If you are making an effort to offend, you can be like me and do it on the topic of hockey alone! Afterall, Vancouver had a basketball team, Montreal had a baseball team and Toronto has Soccer, Baseball, Football and Hockey teams and they’re all very bad (although the Blue Jays are on the cusp and their GM is a reason for optimism and celebration).

    I am confused why it is imperative that Alfredsson announce his decision to retire or not before the draft? What actually changes with this information? It has always been my contention that you draft the best talent available and that wouldn’t/shouldn’t change no matter what. If a team drafts the best player available in a postion already deep with players on a team and in an organization, he can then be traded subsequent to the draft…could he not?

    I don’t understand all the hullabaloo about clogging the traffic in front of the goalie. Blocking shots has been in the game forever and will always be there. Can and should a team rely on it, absolutely not. Broken bones will assure that. Garrison, Karlsson, Weber, Chara and a host of others have scored a lot goals with big shots from the point and after bounding a few off some ankles (early and often) you wont find some will start to think twice (it can end and at ther very least limit a career).

    Do hockey players make great GMs by default? Not necessarily. Who did the Habs give up to get Gomez and inherit his gaudy contract (McDonnaugh). Bob Gainey is a nice man I am sure but what did he do in Minni? But, he played for the Habs when they were a religion and played in the “Cathedral of Hockey”. The league even invented an award for him which he won by default; Don Marcotte did it equally well and in some seasons, much better).

    I wouldn’t go so far as Bruce does and compare Ottawa to LA. It was far more a surprise that LA finished 8th this year in the regular season than their recent successes. I hate to say it (and I really do) but Sutter has been the difference maker. Murray before him did not motivate/inspire anybody. The team is very big, physical, strong, fast (what the hell has gotten into Penner?), talented, deep and tough with great goaltending! The pressure is fierce all over the ice, all the time and there is very little time to make a decision before someone buries you! They won by one goal but they outplayed the Devils. LA will emerge as the Stanley Cup Champions and, if they can keep everyone (Simon Gagner hasn’t even played a single game) they will be tough again next year! I think the recipe for success could be icing players that are: big, strong, physical, strong, fast and talented.

  5. ChokerHater says:

    Sorry Bobby if I hurt your feelings, but bobbing with floating turds at Petrie Island is not my kind of fun.
    True Vancouver and Montreal have lost a few teams, but Ottawa loses teams almost as fast as they get them.

    As far as hockey players becoming hockey coaches and executives, if you look around, most of the good coaches and executives were once hockey players, and usually the best ones were mediocre players at that. They say it’s because the mediocre players know what it takes to work hard to just make the NHL while the gifted ones never had to work all that hard
    Say, how gifted was Murray LOL

  6. OD99 says:

    I think the Kings will win it too but the Devils have been surprisingly resilient and Brodeur is playing pretty well. Still, the Kings just look like a level above anyone else right now. My heart wants NJ as I would like to see Brodeur win again and have Volchenkov and even Kovalchuk win their first – Kovy suffered in Atlanta for a long time so it is good to see him playing well and having a good run.

    Choke, just what do you propose the league does when one series goes much longer than the other? I am pretty certain you won’t allow that the Sens had a disadvantage when they had to wait a week before they could play the Ducks in the final?

    Also, never had a major league team in Ottawa and outside of Montreal and Toronto nobody in Canada has – although for many years you could argue neither of those cities had a major league team either (although I have always been a die hard Expos fan). As for the football, it will be back soon enough.

    Maybe we could take the Jays or the Raps off Toronto’s hands…or even the Argos….nobody seems to care when they are playing and attendance is horrid.

    Pierre, you are of course able to spend your money as you see fit but as a sports fan in general it is sad that you equate winning to a sport being worth your time. I know the RR were a circus for many years and that turned me off but the lack of winning is part of the ebb and flow of being a fan. I believe the team has great management now and I have already signed up for my season tickets fully understanding the first year or even first few years will be lean. One bonus that comes with that is that victories taste much sweeter.

  7. ChokerHater says:

    No no OD, I’m not saying one team has an advantage or disadvantage, I’m saying come man, lets get on with it, if one series goes 4 games and the other goes 7 tough luck for them, two days later, or at most three, the first game of the next series should start, the way they did it, what was it 5 days between one series ending and the next starting, then three days between the first and second game, it’s no wonder we’ll be watching it right to the end of June, next thing they’ll be playing 12 months of the year.

    Were the Roughriders not considered a major league team, the first generation Senators the Renegade, the Lynx? and what ever the names of the other teams were, who cares and who remembers?
    The point being, Ottawa fans suck at supporting a team on a downturn, and I was really hoping that the Sens had a bad year, that way Hamilton would have got the team they should have got 20 years ago

  8. OD99 says:

    Chokelover,

    Well no, the Lynx were a triple A team. I wish they were still here but there was nothing connecting them to the community once the Expos folded and the Lynx became the farm team of the Orioles. Many in the Ottawa area were (are) Expos fans so they garnered interest that way…once the connection was over so was the draw.

    As for the CFL, the team turned into a joke due to horrible ownership and nobody should be forced to support a franchise when it is being used as a play-thing for rich, disinterested ownership. If anything the fans should be commended for not accepting the circus the franchise was turned into. I have full confidence that this new ownership group is going to do things the right was and that the newly renovated Landsdowne Park will be full to capacity in no time – winning team or not.

    You are falling into bad habits Chokerlover – you really want to bring up the team in Ottawa that was here 100 years ago, before the NHL? Even for you that is crazy.

    Yes, too bad Hamilton doesn’t have a team as it would be interesting to see how many of the die hard Leafs fans would jump ship and root for the other team in the GTA if given the opportunity. As for your Sharks – looks like a rebuild if they can get rid of some of the contracts they have…aging forwards, shaky goaltending and middling D…biggest disappointment in the league over the last 10 years.

    But I am sure you will be happy to miss the play-offs and still support “your team” as they circle the drain.

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