lose to that terrible guy from the Leafs..."
But forget those guys. Because if my math is right, eight teams left also means 22 teams that are done. That’s almost three-quarters of the league who managed to combine for a grand total of zero playoff series victories. What a bunch of losers.
What’s their excuse? Well, we asked them. And it turns out that every one of the teams that now finds itself on the sidelines has a reasonable explanation.
Vancouver Canucks – Were once again done in by Roberto Luongo’s complete inability to win the big one, since “win the big one” is our team nickname for scoring goals and “Roberto Luongo” is our team nickname for “the forwards and defencemen”.
Colorado Avalanche – In hindsight, when our head scout ran into the GM’s office yelling “You have to trade for this young Capitals’ goalie, he might be even better than Tim Thomas!” we probably should have taken the time to ask which one he meant.
Minnesota Wild – According to the know-it-all stats nerds, we didn’t do well enough in their advanced metrics like “Corsi” and “QualComp” and “wins” and “having good players”.
Calgary Flames - Jay Feaster has been trying to implement the same strategy he used to win a Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2004, but it turns out that strategy is just “make sure you play against the Calgary Flames”.
New York Islanders – Long-time fans asked us to approach every big game like we were Hall-of-Famer Pat LaFontaine, so made sure we mysteriously vanished from existence.
Edmonton Oilers – After all these years, somebody just recently pointed out that if you turn to page two of the Central Scouting draft rankings there’s actually a whole bunch of guys listed who play defence or goal.
Buffalo Sabres – When we were doing our end-of-season cleaning and dusted off the big plaque reading “Give huge contracts to a whole bunch of players” in Terry Pegula’s office, we found out the word “good” is actually on there too.
Boston Bruins – Only lost game seven in overtime because their goaltender was interfered with and nobody did anything about it, which is just absolutely heart-breaking says Ryan Miller sarcastically.
Carolina Hurricanes – Players admit the spent pretty much the entire season playing as poorly as possible just to see if they could get Kirk Muller to stop smiling for the first time since 1986.
Anaheim Ducks – Every time the team would start to talk about making the playoffs, coach Bruce Boudreau would say “Sounds great, then when we lose everyone can ignore everything we did all season long and make fun of” before storming out of the room in tears.
Winnipeg Jets – After a careful post-season examination of our roster, were alarmed to discover that a disturbingly high number of our players are former Atlanta Thrashers.
Detroit Red Wings – Wanted to go out early to give Nicklas Lidstrom as much time as possible to consider his future, since we all know that “old guy ponders retirement” stories are endlessly fascinating.
Montreal Canadiens – As players, we couldn’t help but be distracted by our coach’s inability to engage with fans and local media in their native language and we…. No, just kidding, we’re actually just really bad at playing hockey.
Tampa Bay Lightning – Just couldn’t capitalize on big seasons by our 60-goal scorer, Steven Stamkos, and our 50-goal scorer, the combined rest of the team who isn’t Steven Stamkos.
Columbus Blue Jackets – We’re not saying Jeff Carter spent the whole season trying to get out of town, but it did seem odd that every time the coach told him to dump and chase he’d immediately dump the puck all the way to Los Angeles.
Toronto Maple Leafs - Didn’t want to squeak into the playoffs as an eighth seed and get our butts kicked, since as it turns out we’re already pretty darn awesome at doing that during the regular season.
Pittsburgh Penguins – Not saying that the league’s discipline hearings are sham, but no matter how persuasively we made our arguments Brendan Shanahan always refused to indefinitely suspend Marc-Andre Fleury.
Florida Panthers – For some weird reason, didn’t find being pelted by rats whenever we did something right all that inspirational.
San Jose Sharks – We may have been officially eliminated from the playoffs but let’s just say we still plan to be heavily involved, says Ryan Clowe cryptically while holding an extra-long hockey stick and a front row ticket to the finals.
Dallas Stars – The organization was forced to adjust to new owner Tom Gaglardi’s bizarre new corporate policies like “only spend money that we actually have”.
Ottawa Senators – We only lost our playoff series with the Rangers because of a controversial game six penalty for crowding the crease, as if anyone could be expected to get that close to Henrik Lundqvist’s eyes and then just skate away.
Chicago Blackhawks – We were going to try to go on another long playoff run but honestly, if you know you won’t eventually get the chance to make Canuck fans cry then what’s the point?