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    St Louis Blues: My goodness, how fast this team has fallen. They have some nice young pieces on the blue line, but the Blues are down to a 70-80 point team because they are neither offensively nor defensively stellar. The Blues will not make the playoffs for the first time since 1979.
    Bucci appears to be forecasting that somehow only about six teams will make the playoffs. His analysis of the Sharks is close to being the most favorable of any team:

    San Jose Sharks: The Sharks had 104 points two years ago and won the Pacific. They are trying to mold a core of young players into leaders. It makes sense to me not to do too much via free agency. The only thing I would have done was to go for a home run like Scott Niedermayer, and reportedly they tried. But to play with the chemistry of the team by signing a powerful personality would have been risky. I like this team's makeup and direction. But it looks like they are one really good player away.
    After reading the column, I can't figure out if he thinks a Stanley Cup will be awarded this season. Apparently everybody isn't good enough to win it, and most won't make the playoffs.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/stor...john&id=2134796

  • #2
    Originally posted by Airshark@Aug 16 2005, 10:39 AM
    After reading the column, I can't figure out if he thinks a Stanley Cup will be awarded this season. Apparently everybody isn't good enough to win it, and most won't make the playoffs.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/stor...john&id=2134796
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    • #3
      He's wrong.

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      • #4
        This column was obviously penned prior to the excellent news about Jammer being re-upped.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by steveInebriated@Aug 16 2005, 09:52 AM
          This column was obviously penned prior to the excellent news about Jammer being re-upped.
          Don`t forget that future HOFer.....Peter Sejna.


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          • #6
            how fast has st louis fallen from what? trying to contend and never adding up?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MsFunkay@Aug 16 2005, 03:10 PM
              how fast has st louis fallen from what? trying to contend and never adding up?
              pretty much...
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              • #8
                Look at it this way - all they can do is perform beyond expectations, right? To come in below expectations, they're going to have to have a 55-point season or something, and I don't think that's very likely.

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                • #9
                  I think the West will be up for grabs.

                  The "big three" who had been dominant over the last decade (Detroit, Colorado, Dallas) are all weaker.

                  I would not be surprised to see a repeat of Calgary San Jose in the WCF.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DC Santana@Aug 16 2005, 02:29 PM
                    I think the West will be up for grabs.

                    The "big three" who had been dominant over the last decade (Detroit, Colorado, Dallas) are all weaker.

                    I would not be surprised to see a repeat of Calgary San Jose in the WCF.
                    Dallas hasn't been dominant for a while. The Sharks have won two of the last three division championships. Colorado took a big hit - I think they're no longer a contender.

                    I'm thinking San Jose-Vancouver in the WCF this year.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Airshark+Aug 16 2005, 03:32 PM-->
                      QUOTE(Airshark @ Aug 16 2005, 03:32 PM)

                    • #12
                      i'm not gonna be shocked no matter who makes the finals. its all just a crap shoot from here. you can sign the best players, but it all depends on who's gonna come out working hard, adjust to the new rules, and not get injured

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                      • #13
                        Didn't Buccigross pick the Blues nearly every year as his "dark horse" out of the WC?

                        And I wouldn't be surprised to see the Blues only get 60 pts this season.
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