So, the countdown has really, officially began. (It’s not like I’ve had a countdown app on my phone lock screen for the past three months, or anything…)
The L.A. Kings are entering the season with another Stanley Cup to their name- the second in almost as many seasons. The Dallas Stars have brought in Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky… they’re ready to fight to keep that playoff spot they earned last season. Chicago still has Jonathan Toews. And Patrick Kane. And Duncan Keith. And Corey Crawford (though, does he really count?). And… yeah. They’re still the Blackhawks.
The East may goad the West with talk of old tradition and generations of hockey, but the West is just as revved up and ready to go. The Arizona Coyotes are no exception- saddled with a new name and a fresh outlook on the season, the Coyotes can’t skate out at Gila River Arena soon enough. The team may have gotten rid of a couple big names, but Maloney has brought in a couple intriguing new faces, as well- and the Arizona Coyotes have a prospect pool practically foaming at the mouth to line up against their contemporaries to fight for roster spots with the big club.
As a fan, it’s hard to pretend that every game isn’t going to send you into cardiac arrest- but we all know, there’s always one team that makes us want blood. I still remember when I was nineteen and I saw Matt Cooke’s hit on Marc Savard. I spent the entire subsequent season secretly hoping that John Scott would ‘accidentally’ knock Cooke through the glass- I’ve never been a huge Penguins fan, but I relished every loss they suffered with particular gusto in 2011.
How do you guys feel? Are you excited to *hopefully* watch the Stars fall out of playoff berth, or will you be more excited when the brand-new Arizona Coyotes overthrow the reigning Stanley Cup Champs? Are you more eager to see the desert dogs face off against Chicago, or Detroit? Will you be happier to see the team beat Vrbata, or Ribeiro? Let us know!