Monday, June 15, 2009

Will we get a Penguin-Red Wing rubber match next spring?

It doesn't get much more exciting than this year's Stanley Cup finals. No over-matched sweep this year. It came down to a last second sprawling chest save by Fleury on Lindstrom to decide this series. The win by the Penguins is also a win for the NHL. A young flashy team with two of the top stars in the league. I can just see the NHL marketing department spinning this all summer.

So I'm thinking why wouldn't these two teams meet again next year in the finals? First you have to look at the salary cap situation. Both teams have their top players locked in (Crosby, Fleury, Malkin, Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Franzen, Lindstrom)for the next few years. The rest of the players are all replaceable. Just look at the the players the Penguins lost last season but it didn't seemed to have mattered. The Red Wings will likely move out some older players but who has more organizational depth than Detroit?

I can't wait.