It's been a long time since I was posting here, eh? (pathetic attempt at Canadian humour). I believe it has been close to a year. A whole season has elapsed, a season that I would likely rank as one of the best and most exciting for an Ottawa Senators fan. Things happened along the way, but it was all worth it in the end, until that Game Seven loss to that team who stole Rick Nash.
Obviously I haven't had the time I used to have to watch Ottawa play. During my expeditions for my lovely career, I was able to see somewhere around 50 percent of the Sens' games this season, however all 7 in the playoffs. I think since they did so good (to the standards set at the beginning), I may do this every season. I'm very superstitious, by the way.
I think the major point of my view of the season was the Kyle Turris trade. When I was a regular poster here, it was well documented that I loved David Rundblad. I could not wait to see him start his Senators career in that shack in Turku, Finland that they called an apartment (Finland just sucks at everything). He started off slowly, as I expected. It's a hard, hard transition from European ice and type of play to North America. I wasn't too concerned with his play, and believed a stint down in Binghamton would help (just like with Special K). I remember when I was told of the trade, just being shocked, and more shocked. And I still am. I did not see this, nor likely did anyone else coming. Obviously I still believe David will become a great player in the NHL, now a bit harder with hard-ass Dave Tippett and the Coyotes. We will see how that trade works out. I have liked Kyle Turris so far in his stint, and think he will be a special player and finally the second-line centre we've craved for almost a decade. The second-round pick may have been too much, but it will take time to analyze this in its' entirety.
There was special moments during the season, the multiple comebacks (my favourite being against Philadelphia, I was watching the game next to a Flyers fan who I worked with), and most importantly the 5-1 shellacking of the Islanders to clinch our postseason appearance. I am hoping next season will be even better, although I am prepared for a regression. This is mostly due to the fact that at many times during last season, we relied too much of Spezza and Karlsson. If one of them doesn't have as good as a season or gets injured, it might drop us out of the playoff picture. Although I think Erik will get better next year as an overall player, I would be shocked if he repeated or even outdid 78 points. Defenses around the league know him better know. This means the coaching staff and Karlsson himself will have to work a way around this, which I know he will. He is the reigning Norris Trophy winner, and Shea Weber isn't. Suck it, you traditionalists.
As I continue on my path of work, my next major job will be Malmo, Sweden. I will be working on the set, stage, and presentation of the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, which I hope some of you North Americans know about, cause its' probably the worlds' non-sporting equivalent to the Super Bowl, even bigger. Sweden won this year ,so it will be hosted by Malmo next year, not Stockholm, the capital and the biggest city. You can probably see that its' one weird decision. But either way, I'm still getting them bucks. I will be happiest man on Earth if anyone actually knows what Eurovision is, though.
All in all, I cannot wait for the season to arrive, well-knowing that Count Gary Bettman will kill this. I'm happy that I will likely be able to contribute to this wonderful community this coming year, hockey or no hockey. And if there's no NHL, Elitserien will do, hoping that Skelleftea will not break me and lose in the Final once again. I'll be looking to watch especially Mikael Wikstrand, a player I had watched before. He's hard to explain, defensively very solid with a hint of offensive flair. He's a player who I think can change how he plays if he is given more responsibility and allowed more rope. I'm thinking a Kevin Bieksa type of player, without the diving. But he will take time to develop in that type of player, obviously. I'll be really interested to see the North American debuts of Mika Zibanejad, Frederik Claesson, and especially Jakob Silfverberg. One note, watch out for Andre Petersson this year. He has something to prove, and I feel is being underrated in our prospect pool.
Well, once again, can't wait for some hockey to pop up. I'm hoping that I can somewhat contribute here, from my half-decent prospect reports to my non-witty jokes about the Detroit Red Wings. This past season likely covered the horror that was Manchester United this season (FUCK YOU QPR), and I hope the same will happen whenever the season starts, except that Ottawa will win the Stanley cup and United will win the measly FA Cup. Thanks for reading, and I'll leave you all with the "treat" of watching the winning song that brought Eurovision back to Sweden back this year. I find it nice, not as much as crazy schlager fans here, you guys and gals will likely find it weird. It's Europe, we're weird. Whatever. We like to eat double downs.
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