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Friday, May 2, 2008

Avalanche Over, What Next?

I threw my notes on the game out last night so no point recapping. Just look at the score and you'll know all you need to know.

So where do we go from here? Well, I don't know about anyone else but I still want to see who will win the Stanley Cup. And not only that, the World Hockey Championships get under way this afternoon. Can you believe Selanne joined the Finnish team? Amazing what an extra 5 months rest will do for someone who was thinking of retiring.

So I think I'll be using those as a way to get over the complete beatdown that was handed to the Avalanche by a team with a gloating, mocking fan base. I don't know if I'll watch any Red Wings games though. You know, to avoid the nightmares.

But what about Forsberg retiring? And is Sakic going to play again? Will Foote come back? Will the team re-sign Theodore? Is Budaj the answer?

I've got thoughts on all those subjects but I think I'll wait until the season is fully over to expand on them.

One thing I'd like to note is the injuries the team had. Not because I'm using that as an excuse why they lost. I'm using that as an excuse why this team still deserves our pride.

Dario from ITCS caught the morning show with Coach Q who revealed that Peter Forsberg was playing with two torn groin muscles while Scott Hannan and Ian Laperriere were both playing on a broken foot. Two torn groin muscles and the man was still skating. A broken foot each and they were still lacing up their skates and giving it their all. That's courage and dedication right there and they deserve our thanks for gutting it out.

Add up Ryan Smyth's likely broken foot, Wojtek Wolski's 5 broken ribs, Marek Svatos' torn knee, Paul Stastny's bum knee, Brett Clark's bitched shoulder and Theodore's bubonic plague and you have a worn out, beat up team. And though I was a bit pissed last night due to an 8-2 drubbing, after putting the injuries into perspective and what some of the players played through, I can honestly say I'm proud of the squad for giving it their best.

It's just too bad their best wasn't enough.

Related Links
Living with the aftershock
So much for pride, Mr. Theodore
The scoop on the Avs injuries
Avs season ends with thud
The End.
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Tapeleg said...

There are certain blogs I am simply staying away from for a few weeks. It's better for my soul.

Shane Giroux said...

I think I should have stayed away from work. Too many sympathy looks and "Sorry about the Avs" for my liking. I prefer my grieving with less face-to-face talk ;)

But they've all got the best intentions...except for the one bastard who sent me a Red Wings greeting card about 5 minutes after I rolled in :)

Jibblescribbits said...

I think I should have stayed away from work. ...It's better for my soul..

Mixing and matching

But they've all got the best intentions...except for the one bastard who sent me a Red Wings greeting card about 5 minutes after I rolled in :)

I won't lie.. that's pretty funny

Shane Giroux said...

At first I thought it was someone from A2Y but after a minute I realized there's no way any of them had my work address.

I've got it narrowed down to a Penguins fan or a guy who's dating a Red Wings fan. The easy choice is the Red Wings fan but I think that's just a ruse and it's really the Penguins fan.

But I'll assign both of them to some shitty jobs just to make sure I cover my bases ;)

Mike at MHH said...

Somebody sent me a RW's email update subscription at my work address. Don't know if it was one of the Wings fans on my beer league team or if it was one of the trolls from the goalie message board who I'd been arguing with all week.

I didn't find it funny at all.

Jay Veaner said...

Hi Shane...Life without the Avs sure is boring.

I just wanted to thank you for all of the effort and time you put into the blog this season. I know (obviously first hand) that producing anything like this is a commitment and what you do is definitely appreciated.

Take care man. "Only" six months until we get to do it all over again! Jay

Shane Giroux said...

Thanks for the words, Jay. I'll be listening to your latest podcast - and last of the season I assume - tonight on my bike ride.

It was certainly a fun ride this year even though there were many dips in the road. And a giant pothole at the end!

Nonetheless, I'm taking a brief hiatus (other than my 2 coach posts today) and will be back at some point in the next couple weeks to get some more words in.