Maybe it isn't about how you start but rather how you finish - and where you reside.
The Calgary Flames were on a treadmill to nowhere in the first half of the season. Then, at Christmas, they changed their GM and went on a tear. The Flames finished with 94 points, good for 2nd in the "One Team" Northwest Division - yet, sadly, out of the playoffs with one of the league's highest payrolls.
Flames and Flames fans feel they simply ran out of games.
The Stars were on a rocket ship to the top of their division, and the West, until the All-Star break. Then &@*# happened. The Dallas Stars finished with 95 points, good for dead last in the "NHL's Best" Pacific Division and, with a crushing 82nd game defeat, out of the playoffs with one of the league's lowest payrolls.
Stars and Stars fans feel they inevitably ran out of runway.
Posted on April 11, 2011 06:43 PM Email Razor
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