Jim, from his perch in the Canadian Rockies, has always maintained that it’s silly if a team feels they’re a success if they’ve simply made the playoffs. That basically, they’ve set their sights no higher than that. And I agree completely.
It used to be that a team would start out at the beginning of the season with one goal, and one goal only – to win the Stanley Cup. Anything less was deemed a failure. You never heard,”yes they’re looking good, they might make the playoffs.” Or the panel on TSN might maintain that a team has such a good crop of youngsters, they stand a good chance of making the playoffs this year.
Big honkin deal.
Talk about setting the bar low. The goal should be to win the big prize, not just make it into the playoffs. Heck, sixteen teams make it into the playoffs. What’s so great about that? Except if you’re the owner and want the extra coin that’s brought in.
The reason I’m watching the standings so closely now regarding the Habs is because it’s not about Montreal making the playoffs, it’s about what they might be able to pull off once they’re there. If I thought for a second that the Canadiens had a good season because they made the playoffs only, then I wouldn’t be a good fan. My goal, as is Jim’s and rest of us, is to win the Stanley Cup. Just making the playoffs isn’t success, it’s just a tad better than those who didn’t. That’s nothing to write home about.
I’ve never understood hockey people on TV saying that a team could make the playoffs. Not win the Cup, but make the playoffs. For me, that’s loser talk.
I want to hear that a team has a shot at winning the Stanley Cup. Nothing less.