Biggest Surprises of the NHL Season

Looking back on a entire season as a whole is difficult.  Sometimes it takes a while before we’re able to do it (especially since you have to allot the mourning period after another early playoff exit).  Well, finally, we’re looking back on the season that was 2010-2011 as well as some key events that transpired up until today, the day of Free Agent Frenzy.  Instead of picking out the best or worst, we’ve selected the most surprising to reflect on.  Enjoy our list, and please, feel free to add your own to the comments section, as we’d love to read them!

See the biggest surprises!

Jets

If you had told me back in October that Nicklas Backstrom would be behind Marcus Johansson in playoff assists, I wouldn’t have believed you.

If you’d have told me back in October that the police would be more interested in speaking to Chara than Avery at the conclusion of this season, I wouldn’t have believed you.

If you’d have told me back in October that there was a chance Sloan would be done taking a roster slot up before next season, I wouldn’t have believed you.

If you’d have told me back in October that Carrie Underwood was powerful enough to get her husband traded to the city she calls home, I wouldn’t have believed you.

If you told me back in October that the Flyers would actually go get a goalie, I wouldn’t have believed you.

If you’d have told me back in October that the Penguins would go after someone that cries more than Crosby and that Jagr would actually attempt to return to the NHL, I wouldn’t have believed you.

If you’d have told me back in October that Carter and Richards were about to play their last season together as Flyers, I wouldn’t have believed you.

If you’d have told me back in October that Recchi was actually going to retire after this year, I wouldn’t have believed you.

If you’d have told me back in October that Mike Modano would leave Dallas to WATCH the playoffs from Detroit’s bench, I wouldn’t have believed you.

If you’d have told me back in October that Karl Alzner and would be hours away from the FA deadline without a deal in place yet (despite his ability to grow June beard in April), I wouldn’t have believed you.

If you’d have told me back in October that the Phoenix Coyotes would remain in Phoenix but the Atlanta Thrashers would move to Canada and become the Atlantipeg Jets (while remaining in the Southeast division), I wouldn’t have believed you.

If you told me back in October I’d be writing for Rock the Red.net, I wouldn’t have believed you… (from our own Kevin “Jumping The Glass” Bryant)

If you’d have told me back in October that Braden Holtby would be higher on the depth chart than Varly, I wouldn’t have believed you.

If you’d have told me back in October that Matt Cooke would play more games than he sat out due to suspension, I wouldn’t have believed you.

If you’d have told me back in October that Campbell would finally step down and allow the NHL to begin taking appropriate disciplinary action, I wouldn’t have believed you.

If you’d have told me back in October that David Steckel would be accused of dirty, malicious play against a “superstar” I wouldn’t have believed you.

If you’d have told me back in October that Sean Collins would have ended the season in the NHL with the Capitals rather than the AHL with the Bears, I wouldn’t have believed you.

If you had told me back in October that Brenden Morrow, Michael Grabner, Daniel Briere, and Ryan Kesler would score more goals than Alex Ovechkin, I wouldn’t have believed you. 

If you had told me back in October that Tampa Bay would knock the Caps out of the playoffs in a sweep, I wouldn’t have believed you.

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