Hockey is over for the season.  HOORAY!  (The Blackhawks won, BTW.)

Look.  Lord knows I love hockey.  I do.  In past years I’ve happily devoured non-Sabres playoffs, but this year I was too jealous to enjoy much hockey once the Sabres were eliminated.  I don’t know if it was all the emotional energy I burned during the Olympics (and looking back on the season, the Olympics really were the peak of my hockey fervor), or if it was the Sabres disappointing playoff appearance, or maybe it was just “one of those years,” but I wasn’t feeling the playoffs, and I’m glad they’re over.

(It was pretty fun to see the Cup won on an OT goal [even if the goal was kind of weak].  That I have to admit.)

The BEST thing about the playoffs being over is that it means the offseason has officially begun.  It’s time to put this year behind us, and begin speculating wildly about the future.  The future is fun.

I firmly believe that the Sabres are going to win the Cup someday.  It might not be next year, or the year after that, or the DECADE after that, but the Sabres are going to win it all in my lifetime.  That winning future may feel far off, but every little thing that Darcy does this summer will somehow effect that team that eventually wins it all.  That’s how it works.  Even if the path is winding, life is still a line of one thing leading to another.

A butterfly flaps it’s wings in China, and the Sabres win the Cup in 2017.

I’m happy and enthusiastic about the offseason.  I’ve never put much stock in the draft (from an entertainment standpoint), but the first year I paid any attention to the draft the Sabres drafted Tyler Myers.  Tyler!  Myers!  What if Darcy drafts Tyler Myers again?   Or, maybe Darcy will draft so poorly that the Sabres will be doomed for years, and somewhere down the line we’ll get the future version of Sidney Crosby, and we’ll win the Cup that way.

It all leads to the Cup eventually.  I’m pretty sure of that much.

The first step to the future was finishing the damn playoffs.

Congratulations, Hawks! (We’ll give you guys Nathan Gerbe [his cap hit is minicule] for Patrick Sharp   Think it over.)

3 Responses to “Onward!”

  1. 1 Norm June 10, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Kate, I’m encouraged by your optimism. The boys had some great runs this year and maybe some rest and reflection will help them figure out what worked and what didn’t. And get Torres to do SOMETHING.

    PS: The Kane goal was a great ending for him, Chicago and (kind of) Buffalo – but the anticlimacticness of it all really sucked some of the excitement out.

  2. 2 Joe from NYC June 10, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Two words: Patrick Marleau

  3. 3 Mark B June 11, 2010 at 9:51 am

    I think a lot of us felt the same way about this year’s playoffs. I think if the Sabres would have missed the playoffs completely again, I would have enjoyed the games after round 1. Us losing the way we did took a lot of the wind out of my sails.

    I can’t wait for the offseason! Even if we don’t make a lot of moves, decisions still have to be made (Tallinder and Lydman) and it should be fun. I keep thinking about Tyler Ennis being a full-time Sabre (yes, if he proves himself, Darcy) and I really get excited.

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