2010 NHL Playoffs: Reflections on the Postseason After the Final Round

June 10th, 2010 by Steve Thompson Leave a reply »
The 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs are over, and thanks to the Chicago Blackhawks in this round, I have a winning record predicting playoff round victories.  Like last year, I'll give a brief sketch of the possible future for the two competing teams, and also any trends for the future of the NHL that might be predicted by this year's playoffs.

Philadelphia Flyers

In some ways, it was unfortunate that two of the longest suffering teams in the NHL met in the Stanley Cup Final. While the winner has a dark curse-like weight lifted from its shoulders, the loser will continue under it. 

It would have been worse if Chicago and its league-leading 49 years of Cup drought had lost, but the Flyers remain suffering under a 35 year black cloud. If grit and character alone are enough to win championships, the Flyers would have won.

But a Flyer win would have been an upset, and the word "upset" means that the Flyers don't have enough talent. The way the overall playoffs turned out, it meant that Philadelphia looked better than it really was, because they were able to avoid more talented teams like Pittsburgh and Washington. They easily beat a d ...

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