Hawk Talk: Wishful Thinking
Alright, they did it to me.
As much as I've been preaching not to think about the playoffs until the Hawks reach the 9th spot in the Conference, I'm hooked. I'm doing the math just like you. If we all agree that the Stanley Cup Playoffs are the best sports has to offer, then I think we agree as well that watching 16 other teams battle for the Cup is about as depressing as it comes.
Having said that, I've also stated that it won't bother me if the Hawks don't make it so long as there's real progress. Only the most cynical would say there hasn't been. That is, unless you expected that Duncan Keith would blossom into an All-Star; Patrick Sharp would shatter a career high in goals; both Toews and Kane would establish themselves without any time in the minors or juniors; or several other pieces would show some signs of progress as well (see Dave Bolland).
So yes, there's definitely progress. But now that March is here, I'm greedy.
I'm not telling you anything you don't know. The problem is getting there.
And now the Avs. Trying so desperately to 'get the band back together'. Desperation doesn't suit a team well this time of year. At least not in off-ice moves. Desperation on the ice is fine, but by the GM? Nah, ain't going to work.
It may happen anyway, but again, let's advance that process now. If we can.
If not, spring enjoyment will come from watching the Dead Wings blow it again. That's somethin'.
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