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Originally, this slide was to be dedicated solely to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but then I thought, "Well, the Ottawa Senators were just as disappointing, if not more than the Leafs, based on preseason expectations."
After I decided this would be a Sad Ontario Hockey Slide, I remembered there's no sadder province in Canada than Alberta. The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers have perfected the science of being terrible to the point that it would be criminal to ignore their ineptitude.
All set, I remembered the Vancouver Canucks. New coach, fired general manager, goaltenders traded, a popular player with no managerial experience hired to run and a miss of the postseason? Disregarding the failures in British Columbia would be a failure on my part.
Oh right, the Winnipeg Jets. It seems mean to kick a team when its down, but when it's always down, you really have no choice but to kick it when it's down.
The only Canadian franchise headed for the 2014 postseason is the Montreal Canadiens. French Canada is the best Canada, people in French Canada have always said, and it turns out it's true this season.
This is the first time since 1973 that only one Canadian franchise qualified for the playoffs. The country that gave the world hockey has mostly forgotten how to ice a successful hockey team.