So, your team did not make it to the NHL Stanley Cup Finals? You are not alone, you are now part of the thousands and thousands of people whose dream of calling their team champions came to a crashing halt. For fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Los Angeles Kings their dreams were only 8 wins away from coming true. If you are a fan of the Buffalo Sabres, or any number of teams that didn’t get a look, or haven’t had a look at the cup in 5, 10, 20 years you most likely don’t feel very sorry for any fan base. Let me be the first to say; Welcome to the maybe next year club!
If your team has sipped from the cup over the past 5 years or so this article may not be for you, but if you like myself have never had the honor of calling your team Champion you should understand this fully. For fans like my self a few sayings that always seem to come up this time of year. No matter how hard we try not to use them they end up being said.
Maybe Next Year… We were so close… If only… We are only a few moves away, and my favorite, We had the pieces, but coaching was the problem.
Lets all be honest; after watching the Boston Bruins dismantle the Penguins in this years Eastern Conference Finals do you truly believe your team is that close? I don’t. My beloved Buffalo Sabres are no closer than the Florida Panthers of the world.
There doesn’t seem to be many teams that can run with the Bruins, the same could be said about the Chicago Blackhawks. I have very little doubt that next year we will be having the same conversations, and the same thoughts about our teams. But, the truth is; like every other year there will only be one team left standing, and one fan base that can say We Are The Champions. As for the rest of the NHL fans around the world; we are stuck wishing on shooting starts, and banking on “wait until next year.”