- Consistently inconsistent.
2004 - last place in the division.
2006 - Conference finalists, done in only by injuries.
2007 - President’s Trophy.
2008 - back to the bottom.
He let Danny Briere and Chris Drury go, but matched the Oilers offer to Tomas Vanek for 50 million over 7 years. You think he could have kept at least one of those guys for that kind of coin? Lowe should be pleased - Vanek’s certainly not covering the bet. Regier matches the salary, then blames Lowe for salary escalation. Could have signed him earlier, guy. Couldn’t make up his mind - let the two co-captains go and rebuild, or try to win another regular season championship? He tried to grab both and failed miserably.
They’re so... squeaky clean.
The closest they have to a tough guy are Adam Mair and Andrew Peters, who got a whole 253PIM combined last year. This is the team that used to dress Rob Ray? How can you do anything but hate a team that’s so unhateable? Peters has done ok for himself, but while I admit to a more limited knowledge of eastern teams, he’s certainly no Boogaard or Brashear. He’s not even a Laraque.
All in all, this is actually a pretty hard team to hate, but I’ll try anyway.
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