Well, it's two weeks ago today that the Wings were eliminated and maybe you're all wondering where we are. The week following that Monday consisted of exams and checking out of my apartment (a ridiculous process that kept me there three hours past my appointed checkout time), then coming home and re-ordering my life on the other side of the state. Then it was back to GR on Saturday to see a couple of my best friends graduate and by then it was nearly a week since the elimination.
Last Tuesday, I had ankle surgery in which the metal plate put in when I broke my ankle in 1999 was removed. Since then I've hobbled around the house in a walking cast and read 870 pages of a nearly 1300-page book (Once an Eagle
by Anton Myrer), killed innumerable Stormtroopers/Rebel Alliance soldiers
on my laptop, watched King Kong
, Master and Commander
, flipped through the TV over and over again, and been generally bored out of my mind. I have avoided reading Red Wings news beyond what IwoCPO posts over at Abel to Yzerman
and read a couple roundups
of the previous night's games every morning.
Really, life has gone on. A2Y calls the elimination the "Punch in the Face
," but to me it's more like what we used to call a "Cup Check" in football, if know what I mean. I still haven't really dealt with it and I probably won't until The Captain announces his retirement and it'll finally sink in that I won't see him play again.
As for the team I'd like to see make it all the way now, it's the Oilers. Not because of the usual reason: "I'm rooting for [insert eliminating/hope-crushing team here] because then the Wings lost to the Cup winner and losing to them won't be such a bad thing." I'd like to see Edmonton go all the way because they convinced me that they wanted it during that series. Losing to them sucked because I could see it coming and I didn't know how the Wings would stop them. When they tied it on that freak goal, I knew they would score before regulation ran out, that it was inevitable.
Now, seeing that they've had a little trouble with San Jose but are overcoming it with just as much grit and heart as they showed against the Wings, I would love to see the Cup go back to Edmonton again. I'm still a Wings fan through and through but Edmonton has moved up to the #2 spot in my fanship pantheon.
The only game I've watched all the way through since the "Cup Check" was Saturday night's Buffalo/Ottawa game. All I'll say is an Edmonton/Buffalo final would be pretty exciting, but it wouldn't be for the faint-hearted fan!
Random comment: you know, after watching all these young goalies tear it up these playoffs, the idea of a Jimmy Howard/Stefan Liv net doesn't sound so bad. Other teams are going with youth, why can't we? Home-grown talent is the way to go now and going after a veteran goalie seems outmoded.
Thanks to our readers for posting comments and generating community during the first round. It was great to have comments to respond to and know that you guys were out there. Your insights and jokes were great and made the effort this site takes worth it. I'm sorry the playoff run didn't go any longer because now we've got the long, quiet summer ahead of us.
Anyway, we'll start posting again once things start to happen in the off-season. We should be pretty busy with all that, once it starts. For now, I'm just trying not to dwell on it.