I said a few days ago that I’d be proud of this team whatever happens. And I meant it. I’m proud of this team and what it accomplished in the face of enormous adversity this year. Thanks for fighting so hard this year, Wings. It wasn’t always fun to watch you, but I’m still proud of what you were able to do. I look forward to next year and a return to the fight. Get a lot of rest this off-season and be ready.
From a fan experience viewpoint, this was among the best seasons I’ve had. Between H2H, a growing involvement with Twitter and The Obstructed View, the online Wings fan community has gotten closer than ever. That’s the great thing to take away from this year. I hope to build on all of that in the coming years. You guys are critical to my enjoyment of the Wings and are a lot of fun. Thanks for a great year of watching hockey together!
This is the point where I would usually congratulate the Sharks and wish them luck in the next round. But, for various reasons, I can’t bring myself to do that. I will congratulate San Jose fans, however, for what looks like a team that can finally shake the choke label, even if at the cost of other labels that to my mind are worse. You guys seem like a decent group of fans and deserve to finally see some playoff success, even if your team is a gutless troupe of diving cheapshot artist pukes. I hope you get to experience sweet success while at the same time I hope your team gets swept in the third round. I’m conflicted.
And now for a few words for a couple individual Wings:
Nick Lidstrom, please stay.
Jimmy Howard, please play like that for the rest of your career and never demand a huge contract.
There will likely be a time for a season/series post-mortem, but not today and not for a little bit. I’m not as devastated as I usually am following a Wings playoff elimination, but I’m not up to that task right now. We’ll see.