Been a die hard, religious Hawks fan since before I could walk 24 years ago, but just found this site for the first time. Loved every word of this post. It was an absolutely EPIC series, one for the history books, and while the final result felt like getting kicked in the throat, you have to be thankful for a serious like that. Two incredibly skilled and hard working teams, putting it all out there, battling, scratching, and clawing for every inch. And at the end, in the handshake line, to see the amount of respect the 2 teams have for each other was really cool. It was a series that was all about one thing.. Hockey. That's it. And that's how it should be.
DJ, I have to disagree with you on a few things.. The result of the season is a disappointment, a letdown, and while yes, technically a "failure" due to falling short of the season's ultimate goal, should not be immediately labeled an outright failure.. We got to see Brandon Saad develop and emerge as a serious play-maker and tremendous hockey player. We got to see Kaner as "Showtime", Johnny T as "Captain Serious" and "Captain Clutch." We got to see Crow improve his game, and watch him literally steal the game away from the Wild in their building, when our skaters got outplayed the whole game. Our guys now have a chip on their shoulder, and I believe they will step on the ice next season substantially better than they are now.. Which is scary when you think about it. I will agree with you that we definitely need a 2C in the off season. And there is absolutely NO ONE who was more furious and upset about the play of Versteeg and Bollig. But you're really going to criticize the decisions of Q? Really? We're talking about 1 of 3 guys to win more than 700 games as a head coach in the NHL. Do I think that he favors his vets vs. younger guys? Yes. I was furious with the play of Zeus this post-season as well. But he also is trying to contend for the cup every year. He has a lot of pressure to do that. Am I saying he knows everything? No. Am I saying I agree with all his coaching decisions? No. Does the guy make mistakes? Of course. But I'm also not going to act like I could do what he does.
As for the comment about the Kings just being "around when the body collapsed and became a corpse"... Not sure we were watching the same series.. The Hawks were one OT goal away from making it to the Final.. If the Hawks were playing any other team, their season wouldn't be over. Saying that the Kings just happened to be around when they went down is wrong. Flat out. The Kings and the Hawks are the 2 best in the league by far. And they both put on a hell of a show. I congratulated LA on a very well played and coached series all around. They f***ing earned their spot into the final with blood, sweat, and tears, not because they were in the right place at the right time. Give the Kings the credit they are due. We will probably see them next year in the Western Conference Final again.. And I can't wait for Kings-Blackhawks 3. It's going to be crazy.
mightymikeD, thanks for the great post, and a great tribute to a Hawks team that I am very proud to cheer for. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the site.