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  • 08/18/2010, 05:05PM ET

Fvkasm's Hockey Tournament: Top 2 Cup contenders from each conference

cowace2 (78-35-12) vs Chosen1 (316-130-44)
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East:

1. Pittsburgh Penguins. This is a team that was ultra-aggressive in free agency. They added players who do what you need to do to win in the playoffs: block shots, play strong in your own zone, and play physically everywhere. If MAF holds his stuff together, this is your Cup favorite.

2. Washington Capitals. The best regular season team last year just couldn't get it done in the playoffs. This year will be different. Their defense will be more mature and less stupid (read: Mike Green), Ovechkin will be at his best, and Backstrom will emerge as one of the top 5 centers in the game.

West:

1. Vancouver Canucks. This is now the deepest team in the NHL. They run two excellent top lines (including personal favorite Ryan Kesler) and two solid checking lines, their defense is deeper than last year, and they have one of the best goaltenders in the game. Plus, Buff is out of the West. Finals all the way.

2. LA Kings. Best young talent in the game (Doughty), emerging talent everywhere, an ultra-physical group of forwards, and an elite talent in Kopi. With or without Kovi they are going to be a force next year as their young core reaches their stride.


Had a job to do today so I am getting to this late and will keep it short and simple.....


Blackhawks over the Kings



The old saying goes to be the man you've to beat the man......

In the NHL that man or in this case team is the defending champs the Chicago Blackhawks



I have heard so much talk about how they lost this guy or they lost that guy and it is true they lost a number of players from last season. Here is the thing though they still bring back a very strong core group that consists of Kane, Toews, Brouwer, Keith, Seabrook, Kopecky, Sharp, Campbell, Hossa and Hjalmarsson.

Say what you want about how they lost this guy the fact is they still got their top guys. They still have talent and they are still a threat to go all the way.




Kings have some holes in the forward position which is why they chased after Kovalchuk pretty hard this off season just to end up getting rejected. Plus they lost Alexander Frolov to the Rangers. So really I dont know if you should be hyping up those forwards too much.



more to come this just off the top of my head it'll get better. Good luck


Forfeited Turn


Honestly right now I am already not feeling this throwdown...

You started it later than what the deadline for starting the throwdowns was which was fine by me but you followed it up with a forfeited turn....



Really the most important part about the Blackhawks is they are returning with first and second line and pretty much brought back everyone on defense.

So what they now have to focus on is the third and fourth line which they have the talent pool to do. So lets look at some of their options

Dave Bolland- injured for most of last year but 47 points for them in 08-09
Kyle Beach- 11th overall pick in 2008 and is only 20
Jack Skille- 7th overall pick in 2005 and is only 23
Jeremy Morin- 49th overall pick in 2009 and is only 19

as well as guys like Stalberg, Dowell and a number of other players who are wanting to prove something.



The Blackhawks still have the core to help carry them all the way and they have enough talent around them that if they mesh another run at the Cup is quite possible.





I really didnt feel inspired to put much in to my 2nd argument at this point Im ready for this td to end.


Forfeited Turn


blah freaking blah what a waste of time this throwdown turned out to be........




time to put this one to rest

August 18, 2010  05:39 PM ET

Blackhawks.

August 18, 2010  06:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Blackhawks.

that is who i am thinking..

August 18, 2010  06:30 PM ET

Interesting picks. I look forward to seeing what your Opp does with this. I wonder if Hank will come around and see that you picked the Canucks... that might start a Sedin Sister/Luonga debate!!

August 18, 2010  06:37 PM ET

I agree with cowace about the Pens being the Cup favorites. Excellent offseason, IMO.
But even with the Hawks having some cap issues, I'm a little shocked not to see the champs as a top 2 in the West.

August 18, 2010  06:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Blackhawks.

It will be interesting to see why left didn't choose them

August 18, 2010  07:05 PM ET

Si.com writer Muir doesn't have them as THE favorite, but he has them up at the top. I can't recall who he had as #1... now I have to go look, lol.

August 18, 2010  07:07 PM ET

Caps he says. I'm not sold on the goaltending or defense, so I look forward to hearing from Cowace on this issue!

August 18, 2010  07:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Caps he says. I'm not sold on the goaltending or defense, so I look forward to hearing from Cowace on this issue!

what are you thinking i am taking the Caps as the favorite?

August 18, 2010  07:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

what are you thinking i am taking the Caps as the favorite?

No, that's who the SI analyst picked this week as his #1 team for the year

August 18, 2010  07:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

No, that's who the SI analyst picked this week as his #1 team for the year

i kind of like that pick but Im trying to decide if I want to let the homer in me take over or if I want to play it safe and go with how he has it

August 18, 2010  08:32 PM ET

I like Washington, but as I said... not really sold on the D or the Goalie. The west is really wide open though, so it won't surprise me to see 2 changes there. That's a tough conference to call any year...

August 18, 2010  08:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I like Washington, but as I said... not really sold on the D or the Goalie. The west is really wide open though, so it won't surprise me to see 2 changes there. That's a tough conference to call any year...

so far only hockey throwdowns Ive done are ones about the Caps.. im thinking I might start off slow and keep it to one change in the west and Im debating still on the order to put the Caps and Penguins in.. Im thinking of maybe keeping the east as is because really I think those two teams are 1a and 1b.. I know they both got upset by the same team last season but I dont think that will happen again

August 18, 2010  08:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

i kind of like that pick but Im trying to decide if I want to let the homer in me take over or if I want to play it safe and go with how he has it

Or option 3: New Jersey

August 18, 2010  08:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

so far only hockey throwdowns Ive done are ones about the Caps.. im thinking I might start off slow and keep it to one change in the west

True. And it's still a challenge to decide which team (Vancouver or the Kings) to replace.

August 18, 2010  09:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I like Washington, but as I said... not really sold on the D or the Goalie. The west is really wide open though, so it won't surprise me to see 2 changes there. That's a tough conference to call any year...

Bang on.

August 18, 2010  09:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Interesting picks. I look forward to seeing what your Opp does with this. I wonder if Hank will come around and see that you picked the Canucks... that might start a Sedin Sister/Luonga debate!!

LMAO!!! I had a conversation bout that kind of reaction to all things Nucks from Hank, and that it would pain him to have Van at the top, or near the top. Ha!!!! He'll probably take a look, and then mention how smart the guy who doesn't pick Van is! lol

August 18, 2010  10:31 PM ET

I'm liking Chicago, and Vancouver (how bad can Lou be with Buff gone?). In the East I got Toronto and who cares.

August 18, 2010  10:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I'm liking Chicago, and Vancouver (how bad can Lou be with Buff gone?). In the East I got Toronto and who cares.

Just joking. In the East I like the Pens and Devils.

August 18, 2010  10:32 PM ET

Wings still have a good chance. They got injured a lot last season, but when they were healthy, they were the best team in the league late last season.

 
August 18, 2010  10:33 PM ET

Kings lack one forward. I really like the Kings, and love Doughty, but they aren't quite there. Kopitar started great last season, but slowed down late. I think they need another top line forward.

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