Ottawa and Toronto are the only Canadian teams still in this?
Well, that’s not a good sign…
Although, seriously, is anybody really all that surprised by the demise of Vancouver or Montreal? C’mon. Be honest.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned watching hockey over the years it’s that hockey fans more than any others are hopelessly homers, unable to see far beyond their local or favorite since childhood team –- even when the handwriting is on the wall.
Trust me, as a Leafs addict, I know this from decades of painful personal experience.
So don’t beat yourself up too much Hab and Canuck fanatics. Your heroes are okay and soon you will be too. Nobody died. All the Players still have a great dental plan to patch them up over the Summer. And Roberto Luongo will make out like a bandit when he sells his $4.2 Million Vancouver condo.
Those who still hate him can take some pleasure in the fact that he’ll probably lose it all investing in the condo market in Toronto.
Elsewhere, Minnesota has likewise been dispatched to a Summer of Golf, hunting, fishing and DUIs. And by Monday, we should be down to one remaining series – or looking at the matchups for Round Two.
And although I bet heavily on the St. Louis Blues this season, if they depart I won’t be saddened at missing pictures of their puck bunnies…
More important, take note of the fact that some of the leaders in this week’s standings are already down a few bodies, while many in the bottom half are still playing with a full roster.
David Kinahan leads as we go into the 2nd weekend with former leader Larry Raskin not far behind and Larry Bambrick and Eric Anderson right on his heels.
Hang in there, Poolies! There’s still a long way to go.