Hodgemail: Which team has been the biggest disappointment? Staff
1/13/2011 8:40:04 PM
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We've officially passed the halfway point in the NHL season and as teams begin the stretch drive, others have begun licking their wounds and are left wonder what became of their dismal campaign.

And none are more evident than the New Jersey Devils, sitting in the league basement with a 11-29-2 record.

Martin Brodeur's performance hasn't come close to what one would expect from a three-time Stanley Cup champion and future Hall Of Famer, while $102 million man Ilya Kovalchuk is no where near the same player who netted 41 goals and 44 assists last season. 

Another team that hasn't found its groove is the Ottawa Senators. Fans in the nation's capital are hitting the panic button as their club has dropped well out of the playoff picture after going winless in six games.

Sergei Gonchar has struggled in his first year with his new team, while injured veteran Alex Kovalev has just eight goals in 42 games. And many are wondering about the job security of GM Bryan Murray and head coach Cory Clouston.

The struggling San Jose Sharks were perennial contenders for the Stanley Cup at the beginning of the season, but look like they're slowly starting to tank.

A 100-point team in five of the last six seasons, the Sharks are on pace for 88 points this year - which would put them on the outside looking in.

So while life is good for some, others continue to struggle and fall short of expectations.

Here was Dave's question to you: "Which team has been the biggest disappointment in the first half of this NHL season?"

And here are the answers that Dave liked best:

The Devils lost their best player (Parise) after 12 games. Brodeur seems lost. They fired their coach and traded their captain and are last in the league. Yes, disappointing.” - William, TSN Facebook

I hope nobody says the Calgary Flames. If you didn't see this train wreck coming, you have no business watching hockey.” - Clayton, Coquitlam, BC

Ever since the Canucks started their run to first place, Vancouver fans have nothing to complain about. Talk radio is very dull.” - Matt, Vancouver

Let's call it disappointing when the coach of the Leafs has to post money for a win in San Jose.”- Andrew, Brantford, ON

It's hard to be in Ottawa and be more disappointing than the government. Abolish the Senators!” - Terry, Brampton, ON

And Dave's reply to all:

Despite all the frustration that is felt by Ottawa fans, look on the bright side. The Senators are no higher than third on my list of disappointing teams

Nothing but nothing comes close to the Devils and cliff-dive to the bottom of the standings.

Maybe you didn't think Ilya Kovalchuk would be worth even half the money he's getting, but neither did you think that a team that has finished with 100 or more points in 11 of the past 13 seasons would be scouting the top draft prospects.

Then there's the San Jose Sharks. They may still be able to salvage their season, but for the time being, at least, San Jose must be considered more disappointing than anyone other than New Jersey.

First in their conference and winners of two playoff series a year ago, the Sharks are currently outside looking in at the playoff teams in the west.

Ottawa? Third place on this list because of 13th place in the East.

And more galling than anything for Ottawa fans?

The Leafs are lower on this list and higher in the East standings.


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