Every week, the NHL brings us winners and losers.
My job is to analyze the procedure and determine who it is.
So, without further ado, let’s dive into the winners and losers of the 19th week of the NHL, and list the best and worst week in the NHL:
Loser: Buffalo Cypress
It always ends here, doesn’t it?
Wealth hasn’t really fallen into the lap of the Buffalo Sabers over the past few years, has it? It was a difficult thing. But on the rare occasion that that happens, that highly inept organization somehow finds a way to turn that wealth into a weapon and shoot itself in the foot.
Jack Eichel fell into the lap of Cypress seven years ago, as if God smiled on the good people of Buffalo for the first time in Jim Kelly’s years. It was glorious. Really, it was.
Eshel’s arrival was supposed to completely change Cypress’s narrative.
After creating one of the most active tank jobs in NHL history only to lose the lottery draft months later, Buffalo was still given a consolation prize for a center of excellence with superhuman potential who would soon develop into one of the league’s best players, despite the dysfunction surrounding him, then re- Ultimately signing the longer term allowed with a team that routinely fails to retain its superstars.
This is what I call good luck. The kind that doesn’t usually hit the teams that get in their way as much as the saber does. It’s a shame things didn’t really work out. Buffalo fans are proud and deserve better.
Winner: Jack Eichel
Aichel’s gains are Cypress’ losses from now on. We’re getting petty here, folks.
Eshel scored his first goal as a Gold Knight in Vegas on Sunday, and the tally came just over four months after he underwent neck surgery that was only available to him after the Saber shipped him out of town.
This will probably come as a surprise to most of you, but Eichel seems to have more fun in Vegas than Buffalo does.
It’s horrible, I know.
It’s also worth noting that Eshel is a point-per-game player this season, with three points in three games since his return to the Golden Knights squad, and he’s not yet near his peak yet as he continues to get back into shape for the game. . The best is yet to come, friends. And that’s terrifying.
However close to the game, however, the 25-year-old looked more like his former dominant self against the Sharks on Sunday night, once again demonstrating the miraculous fruits of his recovery and looking ready to help lead the Golden Knights to the top of their division and beyond.
Loser: This guy
Farewell, sweet prince.
As I was on my way to the press box at the Scotiabank Arena Saturday night to watch the Toronto Maple Leafs take on the St. Louis Blues, in my hand, I figured out what could just be the only Nick Ritchie Leafs jersey not owned by an immediate relative.
The experience brought me to my knees, if we’re being honest. It was like watching a friend you once respected start posting about joining NFT: confusion, pity, and eventual resignation from the fact that he’s an adult and you have to let him live with the consequences of his decisions.
Well, after four hours, the consequences came dire.
Finding himself on a plane out of town before the night is over, Ritchie’s Maple Leafs flies him to Arizona after their game, turning this poor man’s purchase from exciting team merchandise into a collector’s item right before his eyes.
It was the unofficial end of a tumultuous era. But we will always keep the memories.
And this guy, for better or worse, will always have this jacket.
Winner: Kyle Dupas
I wonder how much better my life would be if I were as good as Kyle Dupas at solving problems I created myself.
Well, in the words of Pete Davidson’s girlfriend’s husband: I guess we’ll never know.
Dupas took on a Nick Ritchie position that quickly turned into a disaster – earning Ritchie $2.5 million a year to score twice in 33 games despite receiving every possible chance of success by the coaching staff and moving forward in the AHL. – and turned it into a useful endeavor.
For weeks, everyone (including me) has been wondering what kind of sweetener Leafs should add to the oversized Ritchie cap that someone hit on to take it off their hands. And they needed to include one that, in the end, gives the Coyotes a choice between their third driver 2023 and the second 2025 – which, incidentally, is currently in the ninth grade.
But this is a small price to pay compared to what some expected. Especially when they ended up with what they got not only plenty of room for this year and next, but also useful depth forward in an expired deal, and an able defense man to address the most obvious weakness on the list.
The Leafs may have lost their game on Saturday night. But they undoubtedly won the deal, getting rid of an asset that seemed to resent them for failing to look fairly decent alongside Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner, while, in the process, improving their team on and off the ice.
You can’t ask for much more than that.