Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Thanks, I Needed That
I liked JD's comments yesterday. They have the right of it, we've been dealt a bad hand. I like to joke about McTanking for McDavid, and the notion of a generational talent coming to this franchise makes me drool uncontrollably, but it's not the be all end all. We've got a good bunch of players here, and they will find their winning ways before this season is over. Unfortunately, that is unlikely to be enough for a return to the playoffs.
Last year, in January we were able to put together a franchise record winning streak. This coincided with Bobrovsky's return from injury, but that run of play that vaulted us back into playoff contention was also the only stretch where we had a relatively healthy Nathan Horton, and his emotional and moral impact on the team was huge. Horton's current situation is a cruel blow to all involved, and at this point, all I hope for him is freedom from pain. But we can't realistically look for that spark this year. True, that we finished off the season, and the playoffs without him, but the direction change that yanked us from a .500 team to a winner coincided with Horton's presence.
We have a team that knows how to win, its just incredibly beat up right now. Case in point, Mark Letestu. Keep in mind that Letestu lead the team in points during the strike shortened 2012-13 season. He has a big impact on this teams ability to score. He will return to health some day, and it will help our play.
Anisomov's loss is another tough turn of events. We just have to keep rolling with the punches, and ride this out. Our prize for not shrinking from this task may well be a generational talent. So there's that.
But, nonetheless, a good feeling to be back in the win column.