Well, that was a fun night. We all learned lots. We learned that the Flyers are very, very good and the Penguins might not be, we learned that the Canucks still can’t be counted on in the playoffs, we learned that you can never count the Red Wings out and we learned that the New Jersey/Florida series is apparently happening. The main thing that I learned, however, is that the race for and subsequent winning of the President’s Trophy means next to nothing.
I know, I know, it’s nothing new that a number one seed doesn’t go through to the championship. That’s actually the entire basis for March Madness. But, in the NHL, the President’s Trophy is more of a burden than a benefit. In the last ten years, only one team has won the trophy and gone on to hoist the Cup – the 2007/2008 Detroit Red Wings – and until last year’s Vancouver Canucks, no Trophy winners had even made the finals.
Though this year’s Canucks team is not down and out yet, although it’s getting close, it’s starting to look like we’ll see yet another season where finishing first in the standings doesn’t lead to finishing first where it counts. There are many possible reasons for this, there’s the added pressure of being the best, teams are gunning harder for you because you were the best, or it could just be the law of big numbers coming into play once again as, no matter where you finish, teams still only have a 1 in 16 chance of taking home the hardware.
The point is, I think it’s time for us to stop putting such a focus on the race for the President’s Trophy at the end of the season. We don’t need the daily coverage, we can read the standings just fine on our own. The team that finishes first in the regular season absolutely should be recognized for their achievements, but maybe it’s best if we just wait until the season is over, rather than starting a playoff race before the playoffs begin.
I think they’d appreciate it.
As for the Vancouver Canucks? You guys can thank me next year.
Your Links, Good Sirs and Madams
- Are the Canucks and Penguins really done? Or can they find a way to pull out a comeback? (Puck Daddy)
- In a spring full of weird sports injuries (Joba Chaimberlain, I’m looking in your direction…), a pane of glass falling on David Krejci just seems appropriate. But how, exactly, does something like this happen? (The Globe and Mail)
- In case you didn’t notice, Sean Couturier is really, really good. Even his teammates think so (ESPN)
- This really great infographic takes a look at what it takes to build a championship calibur team in the post-lockout era. God, the Leafs are screwed, aren’t they? (Silver Oak Casino)
- Have you been reading Chris Lund’s game re-caps? Well, you should. It’s the best way to find out what’s going on in the New Jersey/Florida series without actually having to watch it. (Backhand Shelf)
- Oh, LA Kings Twitter feed. Never change. Random strangers responding to LA Kings Twitter feed? Change immediately. (Twitter)
- Did the Canucks totally underestimate the Kings? Yeah, probably. (Sportsnet)
- This is weird, disturbing and amazing all at the same time. (Dirty Dangle)
- Jason Spezza is right where he was always meant to be. Failing on Broadway. (Toronto Star)
- The Leafs really need that first overall pick. Like, they really, really need it. (National Post)
- The Canucks aren’t doing themselves any favours against the Kings. (Vancouver Sun)
- In Phoenix, it seems like the injury to Radim Verbata is just another obstacle for these Coyotes to overcome (The Arizona Republic)
- Is it ever really a bad time to score your first career playoff goal? Probably not. But Cory Emmerton scored his at the perfect time. (Detroit Free Press)
- The Panthers apparently aren’t giving up on Jose Theodore after one game because, you know, that would be insane. (New Jersey Star-Ledger)
And we leave you with Jim Hughson and an early candidate for Call of the Year