New York Islanders NHL Playoff Guide: Dont Cheer These Teams
The Ottawa Senators aren’t a natural rival or anything, but we should reserve some similar animosity to this franchise. After all, this was the team that utterly fleeced the Isles in one of the most lopsided and terrible trades, not only by the Isles, but in the NHL.
On June 23, 2001 the Ottawa Senators sent Alexei Yashin to the Isles in exchange for young man mountain Zdeno Chara, Bill Muckalt, and a first round pick in that years draft that was used for the second overall pick Jason Spezza.
The Isles thought he’d be the answer they were looking for. Why else give him a ten year $87 million contract? Yashin went on to score 290 points in five season with the Isles. Failing to hit the highs from his days in Ottawa.
Spezza put up 687 points in his time with Ottawa. Chara put up 146 points before moving to Boston and solidifying his legendary status. And Muckalt, well does it matter at this point? Your blood should already be boiling Senators red.
If Toronto Maple Leafs fanbase is the most insufferable in Canada than the Boston Bruins fanbase are the most insufferable in the US of A. Winning another cup means Bruins fans would have license to annoy. At least in their minds that is.
We get it Bobby Orr was a great defender. We get it, he won the Norris trophy almost every year he was in the league. But that doesn’t mean he’s some sort of trump card to any hockey discussion.
And then there’s Brad Marchand, the perfect melding of annoyance and the Boston Bruins. With 85 points on the season Marchand has been an impressive offensive force. But he just can’t seem to shake his…pest like qualities.
He already has one cup, having him be a star player on a cup winning team twice is unacceptable. Even if they have Long Beach’s own Charlie McAvoy on the roster.