The NHL's Original Six romance is no longer


This Original Six romance is simply not what it used to be – and neither is the Original Six. Because until the Maple Leafs came into the playoffs with a win on Friday, the Bruins were the only ones of the old sextets who took a place in the Stanley Cup tournament on Saturday.

Never in NHL history has only one of the six qualified for the postseason, but Boston and Toronto have been the only ones to make the playoffs in the past two years. It is the first time that so few have gone in consecutive seasons.

In fact, 2006/07 was the only time before 2017/18 that only two originals made it to the playoffs, and the Rangers and Red Wings were invited that year.

There have been four seasons in which the Rangers, Bruins, Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Red Wings and Blackhawks have qualified, most recently in 2012-13. Previously, all six had punched their tickets in 1995-96, 1993-94, and 1986-87.

But really, the original Six romance is gone. The children don't care. The rivalries have been fairly well managed since all rivalries within the league have been watered down by the schedule matrix in this unified league. The Original Six has lost its identity. It was nice as long as it lasted.

So, Kieffer Bellows definitely, but what would it be in your opinion if the islanders separated Kyle Palmieri, who has scored 19 goals and scored at least 24 goals in the past four seasons, from the Devils?

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Oliver Wahlstrom? Maybe the Devils would like to throw Blake Coleman in the mix. The islanders could add Josh Ho-Sang.


Of course, the original deal with Taylor Hall is the main business of Ray Shero's tenure as director general of the Devils, but the receipt of the sniffing, intense, motorized Palmieri from Anaheim in exchange for the 41st selection in the 2015 draft and the 76th selection a year later was also a home run.

Maybe Shero was wearing a buzzer.

But serious people, Palmieri and Coleman each have a year to complete their respective deals before they can become free agents. Would an interim front office run by Tom Fitzgerald with the support of Martin Brodeur process one of the two wingers by February 24 before extensions can be negotiated from July 1?

Number 41 in the 2015 overall ranking reached the rangers who used it for Ryan Gropp. A selection later, New Jersey grabbed Mackenzie Blackwood.

Wayne Simmonds 'concept of a space striker who can fire a shotgun in the playoffs is far more engaging than Simmonds' reality today, which doesn't go up and down as it once did when he was on the ice the earth was on the way as a flyer.

Yes, that's the J.T. Miller the Rangers could have used the more stable 26-year-old, who scored 21 goals for the Canucks, as the linchpin for their reconstruction.

Of course it is also the J.T. Miller the Lightning could have used it to aim for the trophy if they weren't upset about him too, and send him away in exchange for a first round.

So who gets number 9 in New Jersey? Hall, Zach Parise or Kirk Muller?

Our call: 1. Parise; 2nd hall; 3. Müller; 4. Neal breads; 5. Don Lever.

Eleven strikers were called up before Parise in 2003, the Devils finished 17th overall and only one of them scored more career goals than the winger who played his 1000th NHL game on Friday. That would be his current teammate Eric Staal.

Compared to Major League Baseball, which spends several days in a lengthy business where one of the sport's biggest stars, Mookie Betts, and his commissioner Rob Manfred, apparently presided over an Astros whitewash. Stealing scandal, the NHL is an exemplary operation.

Maple Leafs' talent is so tempting, but there doesn't seem to be much fiber there, as we'll see.

Following these suggestions, Henrik Lundqvist, who will have to pay $ 5 million next season, will retire at the end of this year. Then he joins the Rangers as a goalkeeper coach and consultant and earns a good $ 5 million.

Even Ilya Kovalchuk would call this evasion.