Toronto Maple Leafs
This one might be a head-scratcher for some. There really is not much connection between the St. Louis Blues and Toronto these days, so why this for a final?
To be honest, this is a personal choice where the dark side, so to speak, has taken over. We all want to be loved and do the right thing, but there is something a little deviously fun about being the villain at times.
The Blues have never been in a position to where they could be seen as a villain. Sure, you get opposing fans that call you dirty or whatever, but it has always been the Blues dealing with the heartbreak eventually.
Just imagine if the Blues could do that to another fan base. Not only to crush some dreams, but reach into their very being and steal their souls like Shang Tsung from Mortal Kombat.
Toronto has won Stanley Cups in the past, but they are the longest waiting team between championships. The last time they went to the final was the last time they won it, which was 1964.
Just imagine getting that fan base, which on some levels can be as insufferable as any east coast American team like Boston or the New York Yankees, all the way to the last possible series and then ripping their proverbial hearts out. It would also affect portions of an entire country.
The last time a Canadian team won the Cup was 1993. You would steal the Cup right from the grasp of so many Canadian fingers.
I know it’s unusually cruel of me, but there is a reason Darth Vader became a vastly more popular character than Luke Skywalker. If nothing else, Toronto would deserve it for what they did to Grant Fuhr back in 1996.
Yes, I’m still salty about that. There would be something oddly satisfying about seeing all those distraught faces.
Maybe that’s not the kind of karma you want to bring down on yourself, but other teams took such joy in giving St. Louis that kind of anguish. What’s wrong with a little payback on the universe?
What teams would you want to see the Blues play in the final? Let us know.