from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News, With the exception of the Vancouver Canucks, the Northwest has been a riptide of rebuilds and refuse-to-rebuilds, where the sanity of GMs has constantly been called into question by their own fan bases. Since the lockout, consider the following factual, undeniable low points:
- It’s the only division yet to win a Stanley Cup. Sure, Vancouver and Edmonton came close, but c’mon people: horseshoes and hand grenades. Plus, that miracle Oilers team of 2005-06 was the only incarnation of the Copper and Blue to even make the post-season.
- It’s the only division to send a lone representative to the playoffs in two consecutive seasons, a current streak that has seen only Vancouver dance lately. Even when the Southeast was at its bashiest, that division didn’t suffer such a fate.
- The Northwest has sent two teams or less to the post-season every year since 2007-08.