Well, that's a bummer
Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was a great series and they earned the right life Lord Stanley tonight fair and square. Their team and their fans deserve to celebrate this all summer long. Well done.
I'm disappointed. I'm not as crushed as I thought I was going to be if they lost. I'm not sure why. It really sucks. But they had two chances to close it out. And they didn't do it. I guess that's it. They didn't deserve to win. So it's easier to accept that they didn't. Not that I'm not going to be pretty bummed out for the next several days, because I will be. But this is still a really good team. They weren't hungry enough to win it in back to back years. And that's frustrating. But honestly, it's also not all that surprising.
I will be interested to see what happens in the off-season. I pray to the hockey gods that I just watched Mikael Samuelsson play his last game as a Red Wing. Ericsson and Helm have clearly earned full time roster spots in Detroit next year. Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Franzen are all signed long term. We should have a really good shot again next season. As good as anyone. And that's all you can really ask as a sports fan, I think. To have your team have a chance every year.
If Marian Hossa takes a big money contract come July, then his coming to Detroit was just a stunt and karmically, he deserved what he got. If he really believes Detroit is a superior club and decides to stay here for less money than he could get on the open market to be part of the tradition of excellence this team has, then I will respect that a bit more. We'll see. It'll be interesting.