Chicago has been close to winning the Stanley a few times over the last 48 seasons (since winning it all in 1961 when the fellow in the picture was 13). The Hawks were in the finals in 1962, 1965, 1971, 1973 and 1992. That’s 5 trips, or about 1 a decade. So they’re due big time, and of course the hockey Gods owe them a Stanley (this isn’t a Cubs-length drought but it’s epic) sometime before we all die.
I think this club does it and probably in the next 4 years. There is just so much talent and across positions and skill sets. If they spend their free agency money wisely (and get goaltending) they could have a Red Wing style run where Chicago celebrates two or three times over a 6-year period. If they ever got Roberto Luongo’s name on a free agent contract I’d follow the NBA until my pension kicks in.
As for the Edmonton Oilers, they’re a hockey club in trouble. Coach MacT has resorted to new forms of punishment, so if Dustin Penner comes out slow tonight we might see something similar to Warden Norton sending Andy Dufresne to solitary confinement.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2008-09 Edmonton Oilers: Get busy living, or get busy dying.