In our last two podcast episodes (and blog posts), we touched on the notion that in the NHL, there are the Los Angeles Kings, the Chicago Blackhawks … and then everyone else.
This may seem like bias, and if anyone accused us of being biased in favor of the Kings, we would be the last to deny it.
Likewise, there is sure to be some bias coming from Chicago, as we pointed to the Jon Greenberg article quoted in the podcast.
Still, this notion of the Kings and Blackhawks as the league’s premier teams did not simply originate from their rabid fan bases. Grantland’s Sean McIndoe wrote an excellent piece in the midst of the playoffs about how the construction of these two franchises not only has been spelling trouble for other 28 teams over the past few years, but will continue to do so into the near future. ESPN’s leading hockey writers Craig Custance and Pierre LeBrun long ago came to this notion, with Custance picking the Kings to win the Cup in the pre-season and LeBrun picking the Blackhawks, while continuing his refrain of West is Best in the NHL. (Even the New York Times wrote an article agreeing with this newfound perspective). And Canadians reached this conclusion too.
So in the spirit of giving credit where credit was due, we thought we’d share a smattering of articles from sources we often read to provide some credence to all this L.A. v. Chicago chatter.