A new rivalry is born?
To the Arizona Coyotes,
Our rivalry is relatively new, whether you date it back to 2012 beating us in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to advance to the Western Conference Finals, or most recently, bouncing us in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
While our vitriol for you may not be as great as it is for other rivals, make no mistake that the rivalry is growing.
What’s more frustrating is that casual NHL fans consider our franchises kindred spirits of sorts – we are not. Sure, we’re both in “nontraditional markets”, but our franchise has been one of stability; we’ve had the same General Manager since inception, only three head coaches, and we’ve been consistently competitive.
Check out where the Predators rank in the Fansided 250
You? Well, you go through coaches and GMs like Santa’s elves go through wrapping paper and scotch tape. You have dips where people forget you’ve even had recent success.
Seeing you in the playoffs is like seeing a distant cousin you only see at major family events every several years. It’s honestly been a miracle you’ve managed to stay in Arizona with all the relocation talk (but this writer is glad you did).
May your holiday season provide you with a coach that actually lasts longer than most gym memberships.