Hey everybody...miss me yet? For those of you who are paying attention (yes, both of you) I'm sorry for the lengthy delay between blog posts. I haven't posted since last summer because I've been in a kind of funk ever since I left Columbus. I don't know why...maybe just because things were so different in Evansville. Maybe because part of me just wasn't ready to leave Columbus. That was the best team I've ever been a part of, in every aspect. From management to the players to the staff to the fans...nothing else compares to it. Nothing at all against Evansville. I liked the city and we had a great building and I got to meet some really good people. I just never felt connected to that team the way I did in Columbus.
Anyway, that's over now. I'm back home in Phoenix for the summer and trying to figure out my next move. I'm not sure where I'll be working next season, or if I'll still be in Hockey, but I'm not going back to Evansville. I'll keep you posted on that situation when there's more to report.
On a happier note, tonight is one of my favorite nights of the year...Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. This will be the first matchup of two "Original 6" teams in the final series since the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Rangers in the 1979 Stanley Cup Final, and the first ever Final meeting between the Blackhawks and Bruins.
My prediction for the series is that the Bruins are going to win in 6 games. I'm expecting a good series between two very good teams, but I think the Bruins' goaltending, overall defense, and transition from defense to offense are going to be too much for the 'Hawks to handle. I think Chicago's biggest assets are their speed and skill, and frankly their big guns just haven't produced much in the playoffs. Other players have stepped up to carry them through to this point, but I don't think they have enough to match Boston.
That's all for now. I'll be back soon to explain why it's Stanley Cup Final (not Finals) and why I put quotes around "Original 6". Stay tuned.