Sports Illustrated picks the Flames to win the Cup
So says The Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek today.
Fine by me. Of course, Farber offers up a few other gems:
"Why Calgary? Because they have the most dynamic player in the game in Jarome Iginla," Sports Illustrated senior writer Michael Farber said in an interview. "Because they seem to be able to win without a true No. 1 centre. Adding [Roman Hamrlik] will boost the power play, which should make goal scoring easier. And we're taking a leap of faith on goalie Miikka Kiprusoff — that he isn't a one-year wonder.
"Let's face it. We struggle with this, too. It's a tough year to pick a winner."
Sports Illustrated is also picking a quartet of traditional powers -- the Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs and Dallas Stars -- to miss the playoffs.Only Dallas is in jeopardy of missing the playoffs.
They have Colorado at 18, two places behind the Chicago Blackhawks and Leafs at 20, just behind the New York Islanders.Wait a minute — the Blackhawks are 16th? I think not.
The most controversial choice might well be the Florida Panthers, who were rated No. 10, after missing the playoffs for the past four years.Replace Duhatschek's 'controversial' with imbecilic and I'll agree.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about this whole thing is that there's hockey coverage in Sports Illustrated. Who knew?
On a related note, I ordered my long-overdue subscription to The Hockey News today. The magazine is having quite the giveaway promotion at the moment, and with the start of the season a week away (as of tonight!), it's a good time to be getting the weekly copies. It's $50 for a year-long subscription, so you can't go wrong.