tmash Posted September 19, 2009 Report Share Posted September 19, 2009 I've noticed something kind of weird this season compared to prior seasons. I used to get really excited at the start of hockey training camp: keeping close track of dates, all players attending camp, listening to pre-season games, posting on here, etc. This season most my posts on here have been in Around the League, I haven't even bothered to read a full game summary, and honestly the only scoresheets I looked at on NHL.com were Anaheim and Ottawa's to see how a couple players were doing. This is something that's never really happened to me as a fan before. It's partially losing Koivu, but I think it goes beyond that. I've lost players I liked before, but in most cases it at least felt like "it was time" and it felt like the player turnover happened gradually enough that you didn't notice as much. I mean, last year only Koivu and Markov were left from the Savard days, yet at no point did I feel too upset with the turnover of the other 21 guys and I think it happened in a natural fashion when it was obviously their time to go on (Ryder, Zednik, and Theo: three players I liked, come to mind). I think this year feels so different based on the sheer number of players who left, including the entire captaincy team. But it's also the fact that the players we lost weren't exactly worn out. And perhaps the worst part of it is that I'll always wonder what could have been last season. Had the team never fired Julien and with a little better injury luck, how would last season have gone? Had Koivu, Kovalev, and Tanguay gotten more chances together could they have kept the magic they showed for that brief stretch up? I guess it just feels like last year's team had potential and it was the last chance for that "era" to do something, yet they never got that chance. Now we have a team of newcomers who I don't recognize and more importantly don't have any memories of. They wear the CH and yet it doesn't feel like they are the Habs. I'm sure in time, and hopefully once the regular season starts, I will get back into this team. But the housecleaning has resulted in an unfamiliar looking team that I don't remember being a fan of. Is it just me or are others feeling like less of a fan these days? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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