The Chicago native previously covered the NHL to get CBSSports.com and based the favorite independent blog UnitedStatesofHockey.com at which he also covered the game in any respect degrees since 2010.
As each NHL team is eliminated from playoff contention — mathematically or by losing in the postseason — we’ll look at why its quest for the Stanley Cup dropped short in 2018-19, combined with three secrets to its own offseason, impact prospects for 2019-20 and a way-too-early forecast about which 2019-20 will hold.
What went wrong? Randy Carlyle and general manager Bob Murray’s devotion to him.
Oh, and a few injuries. But mostly it was a trainer whose strategy produced copious levels of shot chances due to their opponents — and’d Anaheim Ducks fans thanking the hockey gods for goalie John Gibson‘s epic performances — while producing little offense for anemic Anaheim.
The Ducks followed a 101-point season with a 21-26-9 album, after which it Carlyle was dumped, Murray took over behind the seat himself and also the Ducks’ play turned out with the summer season lost because Murray waited too much time to mulch his friend.