Hey folks, are you ready for some hockey? Now I don't know what Andrew's talking about in the post below, but I'm not planning on going anywhere. I've just been extremely busy. But I picked up my credentials today and I'm ready to start blogging about another season -- that might have to wait a bit as, since the schedule was late as usual, I got tickets to the Lindsay Buckingham concert on Sunday night and booked a birthday trip to Vegas next weekend, so I'll be missing the first two games.
I had a post over at the mothership today, trying to give a quick primer on the changes made with the team, and the league, since that game six Calder Cup loss to Binghamton. There are some good quotes from John Torchetti on his thoughts about the season, and what he wants, so give it a read.
What I didn't have room for in the story, and what ended up not really working, were some quotes I got from GM Jim Mill, so I thought I would share those here. Primarily, I asked his thoughts on having come so close last year, and whether he was able to enjoy what happened yet, or whether he was still suffering.
"I’ve only gone through it in my mind about a million times, and I still get chills thinking about it," he said. "When you get that close to one of the goals you have in life, it’s really difficult to describe into words the disappointment. There are lots of people that told me, after you reflect on it, you will be able someday, to know how great it was. And I do understand that. When you’re one of four teams playing in professional hockey, and you’re in the second best league in the world, and you’re two wins away from the ultimate goal – obviously it’s a hard pill to swallow, but you have to take all of the good that comes out of that. And know what a great group of players we had, and obviously a great coaching staff we had, and the fan support we ended up having at that end….
"I guess what you take from it is what you can do better. And that’s what I’ve really tried to think about and analyze. What could I have done, or what could we have done better to make us better, to make us – as close as we were, how could we have had two more wins. That’s where I’m at with the process, still trying to figure out. I have a few ideas on how to get better, and how I could have handled things better and how I could have helped manage everybody better, but at the end of the day, it was a very, very special and a rewarding experience….
"That was one hell of a run."
One hell of a run it was, indeed. But now it's time to start a new season. So welcome back everybody.