Canadian NHL teams in sorry state right now

A fan searches for his seat in the lower bowl before the season opener between the Calgary Flames...

A fan searches for his seat in the lower bowl before the season opener between the Calgary Flames and the San Jose Sharks in Calgary, Alta January 20, 2013. (Jim Wells/Calgary Sun/QMI Agency)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:08 PM ET

Oh, Canada — glorious and free, all right.

From mid-April all the way to October.

Just one Canadian team in this spring’s Stanley Cup Playoffs?

Talk about a cruel continuation of the worst winter in Canadian history.

The imploded Toronto Maple Leafs made it a Sad Six this week, leaving only the love-’em-or-hate-’em Montreal Canadiens to compete past the snow melt.

Our game, eh?

If you’re talking golf, maybe.

How can so many coaches and/or general managers get dumb at the same time?

The last time just one team north of the 49th made the post-season was 1973, when only three existed.

The manner in which it happened this time was all over the map.

In Calgary, the Flames were everybody’s favourite triers, high on work ethic but decidedly low on talent.

Ottawa’s Senators were the only ones to go out with what you might call a whimper.


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