You know what would be cool? If the NHL started playing hockey tomorrow!
It could happen.
I mean playing hockey is the league’s trade, right? Aren’t they supposed to play every year? Or do we just skip a season every couple of years—kind of like a leap year except that it lasts, well, an entire year?
While optimism may be fading and time is certainly running out for the owners and players to come together with an agreement in time for a 60-game season, let’s pretend that we know hockey is starting tomorrow and see which teams are ready to hit the ice and win games immediately.
Teams that had few major offseason transactions and a set roster are more likely to be ready than teams that really shuffled their lineup or will begin the season with injuries sustained in the offseason.
There are four rankings for each team’s current state: Excellent, Good, Questionable and Poor.
Excellent means the team should come out of the gates ready to win.
Good means that there may be some flaws, but for the most part the team is ready.
Questionable means it is hard to determine, but the team is unlikely to be prepared.
And Poor means the team is not in a good state to start the season.