As is our August tradition here at Puck Daddy, we turned the mic over to readers, fans and other bloggers for a special summer series. This time it was “The Summer of Disappointment”; a.k.a. “Puck Daddy’s Most Disappointing Summer Series,” for the snark-lover in you. The basic premise: Asking devotees of certain teams to tells us their most disappointing player, team, season, moment, transaction, executive and aesthetic choices in the franchise’s history. Much pain was relived. Much agony was recaptured. Jen Neale was the curator on this one, and pulled off a marvelous summer series. Here are the “Summer of Disappointment” entries for all 30 teams. Please feel free to revel in the misery of others. Anaheim Ducks Arizona Coyotes Boston Bruins Buffalo Sabres Calgary Flames Carolina Hurricanes Chicago Blackhawks Colorado Avalanche Columbus Blue Jackets Dallas Stars Detroit Red Wings Edmonton Oilers Florida Panthers Los Angeles Kings Minnesota Wild Montreal Canadiens Nashville Predators New Jersey Dev ils New York Islanders New York Rangers Ottawa Senators Philadelphia Flyers Pittsburgh Penguins St. Louis Blues San Jose Sharks Tampa Bay Lightning Toronto Maple Leafs Vancouver Canucks Washington Capitals Winnipeg Jets *** It's been, er, an interesting summer for us here. Thanks for supporting the blog, and we can't wait to start talkin' hockey in the present tense in a few weeks.
Zac Rinaldo was entering the final year of his contract with the Philadelphia Flyers and could have become a restricted free agent next summer. Perhaps sensing the confetti shower of offer sheets that would float down on him if he reached RFA status, the Flyers proactively signed Rinaldo to a 2-year extension on Tuesday. From the Flyers: Rinaldo, 24 (6/15/1990) will be entering his fourth NHL season in 2014-15. He appeared in 67 games for the Flyers last season, recording two goals and two assists along with 153 penalty minutes. He ranked second on the Flyers with 231 hits while playing an average of 7:41 per game, giving him an average of 2.23 hits per minute of ice time. For some reason the Flyers decided to downplay the fact that his 153 PIMs were fifth in the League last season. I bet if Corey Perry signed a new contract, the Ducks would mention he was fifth in points, for example. Also, this might be the first contract signing release to use the coveted “hits per minute” stat outside of anything Clutterbuckian. Rinaldo, meanwhile, seemed genuinely baffled as to why the Flyers tendered him a contract roughly nine months before it was necessary. “I’m surprised that we’d even started to talk about it so early, but I am thrilled,” Rinaldo said. “Philadelphia is where I started my NHL career and this is where I want to be so I am really happy. This definitely gives me a lot of confidence by the Flyers showing that they have confidence in me. I know they want to see me get better as a player, and this is the place to do it.” Kidding aside, that last point is the salient one: Can Rinaldo, who has as many games suspended (4) as points scored (4) last season, become something more than a 7-minute per night fourth liner? He saw 31 minutes of shorthanded time last season; is that an option? Is there untapped offense? Is he more than just “let’s wait until Zac Rinaldo does something stupid again?” Ron Hextall believes so, apparently.
|Puck Daddy||Chicagoin 7||Great, gritty battle between two teams loaded with big names and quality grunts. The Hossa Hex ends, much to our chagrin.|
|Sam McCaig||Chicagoin 6||Chicago's depth, skill and speed will prove to be too much for Philadelphia to overcome, and the 'Hawks can keep pace physically with the Flyers.|
|Ross McKeon||Chicagoin 6||The 'Hawks are poised to win their first Cup since 1961, but if we’ve learned anything from these playoffs it’s to expect the unexpected.|
|Matt Romig||Chicagoin 6||Give the 'Hawks the edge in skill, speed and special teams. Philly brings enough intangibles to extend an otherwise one-sided series.|