Another excruciatingly long summer is over. Actual hockey games are on the horizon. Because this is the 265th most widely read hockey blog on the internets, MYFO felt a deep obligation to our dozens of readers to prepare this series of previews telling you about every single team in the NHL. By “prepare” we mean, we found other people to write many of them for us. We were looking for people who (unlike us) might have an actual clue about these teams, but were also eager/willing enough to work for free. Within those constraints, we think we did an admirable job.
Today, with your preview of the New York Islanders, Sir Hotbod Handsomeface, retired MYFO founding father and semi-frequent deadspin commenter who, if he could do it all over again, would have made his handle Due Diligence and Initial Purchase Agreement Drafts for a Reasonable Price.
Twenty years ago this week, Wayne Gretzky was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings. The trade caused a noticeable seismic shift in the focal point of the League’s attention from our brothers and sisters in the Great White North and the more traditional hockey markets in the Northern United States and ushered in the NHL’s “Sun Belt” expansion.
Whether you choose to agree or disagree that the NHL’s expansion to the South has been good or bad for the overall health of the sport, and there are compelling arguments for both sides, one has to admit that the move to non-traditional markets has been a source of some of the League’s current problems (which I will not get into here – I’ll leave that to the experts – and for a look back at media reactions at the time of the trade, check out this article on sportsnet).
In the Denver Post this morning, journalist extraordinaire Mark Kiszla, obviously heartbroken by the Avalanche’s 3-2 overtime loss last night, wrote a scathing commentary on how the Minnesota Wild are ruining life as we know it on this planet. The title of the column is “Ugly Betty Hockey in Colorado’s Future”.
What’s the title of your next column going to be, Mark? I have one for you. Given that every game in this series has gone to overtime, you could go with “All These Late Games Are Creating Some Desperate Housewives”.
Better yet, at some point, perhaps Colorado will be fortunate enough to take on Dallas in a playoff series and you can go with “The Avalanche Are Going To Be Dancing With The Stars”.
But it gets worse. So much worse.
I swear, I didn’t make this.