The Edmonton Oilers decided to go to with a veteran coach in Pat Quinn, who I think is a great coach. He loves a fluent, offensive game, which fits the Oilers to a tea. Quinn proved himself with the Team Canada. Not only did the Oilers pick a perfect head coach, they found the perfect coach in Tom Renney, who should have never been fired from the Rangers in the first place. Tom is a great coach, who will supply the perfect defense for the run and gun style of Pat Quinn’s Edmonton Oilers. I think the Edmonton Oilers are going to be a terrific, young, dangerous team with a great system in place by Quinn. I also like Quinn because he is a player’s coach, the perfect person for the Edmonton Oilers.
Meanwhile, down south the Flames are not so gung ho in picking a coach. But if you ask me, it will be a Sutter, which means I think it will be Daryl until Brent’s contract in NJ expires next season. Daryl is the best man in Calgary. He needs to step in and discipline the players, have them answer to someone. The Flames need to get back to the old Flames: defense first, and the offense will take care of itself. Daryl will have plenty of work to do in the off season. The first job is finding a back-up for Kipper, so he does not play 80 games a season. There is no doubt that the best man for the Flames next season is Daryl Sutter.
It’s like déjà vu with the Wings and Pens marching to the Finals. Let me first congratulate the Canes and Pens on their wonderful seasons. It may not feel like a success for those two teams, but let me tell you, it was great to see them in the playoffs.
The Hawks and Wings went 5 games, but in all fairness, two games went into overtime. I was extremely impressed with how well the Blackhawks played in game 5. The Blackhawks played with a lot of vigor until they bowed out in overtime to the defending Stanley Cup champions. The team has one of the best young combos in the League, with Toews and Kane. Wow they will be superstars for many years to come. Both are very talented with the puck and have some toughness to them. I don’t know too many other players that could have survived through that Flames series like Kane did.
Let’s talk about the Canes, led by a terrific goalie, Ward, and of course their terrific Allstar player, Staal. What a player. He showed a lot of fortitude in that series, with the Canes carrying the team all that he could. Who knows; maybe with a little more help in the offensive zone, they might have given the Pens a harder series.
But wow, what a final between the Pens and Wings. It should a barn burner, led by Crosby, Malkin, and Flury in Pits; and of course they have their Staal also. In Detroit, they have Datsyuk, Franzen, and some other guy -- what is his name again? Oh yeah, Zetterberg. This just in -- the Wings are good. But, in all honesty, so are the Pens. In my opinion, we have the two best teams in the final. And who would have it any other way? This is one blogger who is very excited to watch this final.