newarenanow wrote:I hope they don't come out stagnet. Sometimes, teams that achieve a lot the previous year will start off slow since they know the grind they have to go through to get back to where they were.
I would agree with this...Little Stanley Cup hang over...Although they didn't win it, so they shouldn't be hung over from anything!
Well, let's look at it this way...
Anaheim won the Cup, started the season in Europe and then on a bit of a road trip. They had a grueling start but eventually pulled together a respectable season, even though they flopped in the first round to a hot Dallas team.
The other side of that Stanley Cup Finals was Ottawa, who was unquestionably the hottest team to come out of the gate last season. They lost, what, 3 of their first 15 games, or something ridiculous like that. Then, sometime after December, they collapsed. Injuries, fatigue, goaltender drama...
My point is, I do not buy into the whole 'Stanley Cup Hangover' because you can find teams that win or lose the Stanley Cup and still come out hot. Then again, if it's a team that lacks discipline or focus after losing/winning the Cup they could be prone to a slow start, but I think it's more of a result from their lack of focus than the Stanley Cup Finals.