Quinn likes Canucks

STEPHANE ALARIE, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:51 AM ET

MONTREAL -- It's impossible to bump into a hockey guy like Pat Quinn and not pick his brain about the upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs.

So, who will be the biggest surprise this year?

"I really like Vancouver. It's a solid team with one of the best goalies in the league," he said at a promotional event in Montreal yesterday. "They also have a good defence and have started scoring a lot more goals. If they stay healthy and get their special teams going, they will have all of the ingredients for a long run."

In the Eastern Conference, Quinn singled out the "extraordinary season" of the Boston Bruins.

"Washington also has explosive players," he said.

Quinn said he can't begin to speculate as to who will end up in the finals playing for hockey's top prize.

"I won't talk about that," he said, joking that speculating on who will wind up in the finals is like playing the stock market. "I always make the wrong decisions there."

He did, however, acknowledge the continued dominance of the Detroit Red Wings and said he wouldn't be surprised to see them do well in the playoffs.

One thing for sure is that fans are getting their money's worth as the regular season draws to a close, said Quinn.

"There is such parity in the league now that we see eight or 10 teams fighting for the last playoff spots in each conference," he said. "It's one of those years where teams are just looking to get in," he said. "Who knows what will happen after that.

"These last years, except for Detroit, it hasn't necessarily been the best teams that have won the cup."


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