It’s not that I’m trying to drag this thing out. I’m just luxuriating in perhaps the best hockey we’ve seen all season and don’t want either Boston or Chicago taking home the Cup in six.
There’s something to be said for a shortened season after all, since it's given us two teams at peak mid-season form at a point in the calendar when the natural attrition of a brutal schedule has usually taken its toll.
I think I’m also hoping to avoid dealing with the off-ice deals that are setting us up for the 2013-14 tilt. I was in Toronto last week, finding the local papers full of all the big names that could be snagged for Leafs who simply haven’t turned out to be the Messiahs they were touted to be on arrival.
Gawd, it never ends in that town, does it? Somebody back there needs to understand that the “buy low, sell high” wisdom of Bay Street does not translate to hockey. Stick with what you’ve built guys. Believe it or not, it’s actually working.
Meanwhile, Vancouver is trying to come to terms with the possibility that John Tortorella may be the new coach. If that’s confusing for those in Lotus land, imagine being Torts, moving from a town that never sleeps to one that never wakes up.
If I may make a prediction, Canuck Fans –- next June that riot you’ve got scheduled might actually turn into a celebration.
But enough about the future. Back here in the present, Will Zmak appears to have become an unstoppable juggernaut in the Infamous Writers Hockey Pool.
2nd and 3rd places look like locks as well. But depending on what transpires this weekend, that could still change.
Game on, for the final weekend of the season and the Pool. Next week we crown some winners!