Playoff scenarios under different point systems, analysis of Flames GM Jay Feaster’s end-of-season speech, the Oilers “three-peat” at the draft lottery, placing your bets on the Stanley Cup champion, Jonathan Quick could engineer an upset, wondering if Ryan Getzlaf “gets it” as team captain, how to build a Cup champion in the salary cap world, a response to the Leafs apology letter, and an irreverent preview of the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs.
MATCHSTICKS AND GASOLINE/BACKHAND SHELF: Mitch Smith examines Flames GM Jay Feaster’s season-ending speech to determine what changes could be coming this summer for the team, while Ryan Lambert scolds Feaster, and other GMs of non-playoff clubs, for not being more honest about their teams’ chances during the season.
THE COPPER & BLUE: Benjamin Massey on the Oilers “three-peat” at the draft lottery, landing the first overall pick for the third straight year, something only the 1989-1991 Quebec Nordiques had done before.
GRANTLAND.COM: Bill Barnwell on placing your bets for this year’s Stanley Cup champion.
RED LIGHT DISTRICT HOCKEY BLOG: Ryan Porth suggests LA Kings goalie Jonathan Quick could backstop his club to an upset of the favored Vancouver Canucks.
ANAHEIM CALLING: Jen Neale wonders if Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf truly gets it as team captain after using the birth of his child as one reason for the decline in his play this season.
SILVER OAK CASINO: Ron Schwartz on constructing a Stanley Cup champion in the salary cap era.
BITTER LEAFS FAN: Picks apart the hollow apology letter from the Toronto Maple Leafs for their failure once again to make the playoffs.
DOWN GOES BROWN: previews the Western Conference opening rounds. Hilarity ensues.