It's been a long time since I've written a full post and this was a late inspiration. The editorial staff is busy with playoff preparations and they don't need to indulge my writing whims at this time. I will be returning to duty this summer, much to the chagrin of Benny and his hopes for my thoughts on Cogliano's season. Still, recent events have reminded me of a sentiment that has stirred again in my mind.
A few years ago, I was afraid that if Selanne didn't retire the fans would forgot how important he's been to the franchise. There have been small stirrings, fans waiting for Selanne to make way for young blood to replace his fading skills. It's been a tough thing to see on the threads. I first began watching hockey in the Gretzky years. I wasn't an avid watcher, but I enjoyed the game. How could you not watching Gretzky? The emergence of a team in Anaheim allowed me a new lease on hockey. Kariya was a phenomenal player, but I remained a casual fan. I only watched Mighty Ducks games and didn't keep tabs on the league. Then, something happened, the greatest trade in Ducks history. Some forget that before the Twins there was the Dynamic Duo. If you never saw the Kariya-to-Selanne show, stop reading and YouTube that beautiful-ness. Long story short, I had a new understanding of how amazing this game could really be, and couldn't watch enough of it.
I think if we all dig dep enough, we will all remember that player who ignited the joy of watching our favorite sport. For me, that player was Teemu Selanne. I cried when I watched him score his 1,00th point. My then girlfriend was a little taken aback when she saw it. Selanne is the player who helped me love hockey. This will be the year I say goodbye. This is it, his last playoff run. He deserves a deep run, an effort he can be proud of, an effort befitting one of the greatest scorers of all time.
This brings me to my situation. I am the conductor of the Bob Murray hate-train. We should be honest; he has earned a good chunk of that hate. Over the years there have been band-aids for bullet wounds and crusts for starved rosters. This is still a team that is too reliant on the Twins and in the middle of a sudden goaltending controversy. There's a chance that a first round upset could be in the horizon. This post isn't about that. It's about a hope that I have for Teemu Selanne. I find myself in what my debate students would call a double-bind. The team can have another tough go at the playoffs and I can be right about Murray, or Selanne can achieve his playoff glory and I would have to congratulate Murray on a job well done. I know I have a reputation for being more interested in being right than anything else, but this isn't a hard question for me. I am fervently praying to the hockey gods that the Finnish Flash has one more great run in him. I am prepared to eat my crow in order to see my hero have one more drive to the Holy Grail of hockey.
We have had many disagreements on these threads. It's a sign of how much we care about our team, and a small sign of our stupidity. Selanne has one more march to the Cup left. The fan in me refuses to do anything but hope it will be a long march.