Three years in hockey is a long time

The playoffs are over, time for the off-season. In the field of possibilities, where everything is always greener in our yard than in that of the neighbor. A handful of smart draft picks, a few steals in the trade market and presto, every club can claim to win the Stanley Cup in three years.

Posted at 7:45 a.m.

However, three years, in hockey, is a long time. What would fans of 2019 and 2022 tell each other if they met in a time machine? Back to the future.

Anaheim Ducks

2019: “Hampus Lindholm. Brandon Montour. Josh Manson. Cam Fowler. In three years, we will have one of the best defenses in the league. »

2022: “Or not. »

Arizona Coyotes

2022: “The good news? The Coyotes are still in Arizona. The bad ? There are just 5,000 seats left in the arena. »

Boston Bruins

2022: “Do you remember, in 2019, when we reached the final after a season of 107 points? »

2019: “Of course! »

2022: “Well, we made as many points this season. Except this time, we fired our head coach. »

Buffalo Sabers

2019: “Jack Eichel. Rasmus Dahlin. Sam Reinhart. Alex Nylander. Casey Mittelstadt. Dylan Cozens. The rebuild is complete. Now, the Cup is ours! »

2022: “How can I tell you…”

Calgary Flames

2019: “Sean Monahan just scored 82 points. Finally an elite center in Calgary. Impossible for him to leave. »

2022: “It’s true, it is untradeable. But for other reasons. »

Carolina Hurricanes

2022: “Two guys on our fourth line cost us nearly $8 million this season. »

2019: “Well, let’s see. Who is that ? »

2022: “Max Domi and Jesperi Kotkaniemi. »


Jesperi Kotkaniemi

Chicago Blackhawks

2019: “Have we found our guardian of the future? »

2022: “Next question, please. »

Columbus Blue Jackets

2019: “With Artemi Panarin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Seth Jones, Cam Atkinson, Josh Anderson and Matt Duchene, the future is bright. »

2022: “Yes. Somewhere else. »

Colorado avalanche

2022: “It will be fine. »

2019: “Why do you say that? »

2022: “You will understand. »

Dallas Stars

2022: “We came within two victories of winning the Stanley Cup with a 33-year-old reserve goaltender as a starter. »

Detroit Red Wings

2019: “Still so bad? »

2022: “Still as bad. »

Edmonton Oilers

2019: “Have we found a new goalkeeper? »

2022: “Yes. »

2019: “Oh dear! That’s exciting. Who is it ? »

2022: “Mike Smith…”


mike smith

Florida Panthers

2022: “We won the President’s trophy, lalalere. »

2019: “It is sure that with Mike Hoffman and Evgenii Dadonov, it is 60 guaranteed goals. It helps. »

2022: “…”

Los Angeles Kings

2022: “Marc Bergevin and Phillip Danault are now with us. Danault is even our second best scorer. The best ? We gave nothing back! »


Phillip Danault, in black-white-grey

Minnesota Wild

2022: “One of our forwards just had a 108-point season. »

2019: “Zach Parise or Eric Staal? »

Montreal Canadiens

2022: “Last summer, we reached the Stanley Cup final by winning the Western Conference title. »

2019: “Do you mean from the East? »

2022: “No, no, from the West. »

Nashville Predators

2022: “Kevin Fiala has scored 85 points this season. »

2019: “Are you serious? »

2022: “Yes. Unfortunately, he was no longer with us. »


Kevin Fiala, Minnesota Wild

New Jersey Devils

2019: “We can’t do worse than last season. »

2022: “…”

2019: “Can we? »

New York Islanders

2022: “Since 2019, despite three different homes, we have reached the semi-final twice. And we still fired our head coach. »

New York Rangers

2022: “Hire Artemi Panarin as a free agent, acquire Adam Fox for next to nothing and win the draft lottery, it doesn’t change the world, except…”

Ottawa Senators

2019: “Which will last longer: Liberal rule in Ottawa or our reconstruction?” »

2022: “Our reconstruction. It’s obvious. »

Philadelphia Flyers

2019: “With Carter Hart, we are in the car for the next 15 years. »

2022: “We would have to agree on the model of the car, on the other hand…”


Carter Hart

Pittsburgh Penguins

2019: “Then, how do young people develop? »

2022: “Young people? What young people? »

San Jose Sharks

2019: “Ha! Ha! Ha! We had the best of the Senators in the trade for Erik Karlsson. »

2022: “I don’t think so, no. »

St. Louis Blues

2022: “Do you remember Jordan Binnington? »

2019: “The one who just gave us the Cup? »

2022: “Yeah. He’s back as a reserve – at 6 million a season. »

Tampa Bay Lightning

2019: “The Jackets have eliminated us in four straight games. Need to clean up. »

2022: “Trust Julien BriseBois. »

Toronto Maple Leafs

2019: “With John Tavares, Auston Matthews and Mitchell Marner, nothing can stop us. »

2022: “The Canadian wants to speak. »


The Canadiens players celebrate a goal by Paul Byron in front of Auston Matthews.

Vancouver Canucks

2022: “In 2021, COVID-19 hit us hard. »

2019: “The what? »

2022: “Where to start…”

Vegas Golden Knights

2022: “We added Jack Eichel, Mark Stone and Alex Pietrangelo. But our best scorer remains the same as in 2019: Jonathan Marchessault. »

Washington Capitals

2019: “Alexander Ovechkin will slow down one day, right? »

2022: “I assure you, that day has not yet arrived. »

Winnipeg Jets

2019: “With our defense, I give us a year to be champions. At worst, two. »

2022: “Do you know what? So stay in 2019. It was a lot better than today. »

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