So ESPN hockey writer Scott Burnside has gone nuts and already written the first Power Rankings for the season. He's got the Habs in at number 2 in the East, and we can live with that. He does warn TFS(tm) will have to prove the playoff meltdown was a one-time thing, but we think everyone kind of agrees with Carey's assesment he was tired. At least, we hope.
He's got the Pens at number one in the East. As much as we think the Pens have some talent, half the team is now in Tampa and their muscle now wears the CH. But MYFO does a much better job of explaining why that won't happen. We would add that they recently signed coach Michel Therrien to a 3-year extension, and it's only a matter of time before he kills a ref or one of his own players, so they'll be in trouble there.
As for our favourite rivals, Burnside has the Laffs at 13th in the East. No surprise there, except maybe that they aren't 15th. The surprise is the Sens coming in at 10th, after years of being the presumptive number one. Care to comment, SLC?
As for the West, Wings, Sharks, Stars, Ducks, yada yada, whatever, same old same old zzzzzzzzzzz....
So are the Habs good for second in the East? Will the Sens really suck? What's your favourite hockey video game of all time? (Intellivision, WOOO!) Let's talk hockey for a change. We'll get back to the near nudity tomorrow.