Sunday, April 10, 2011

Season Finale


And just like that, it's over.

Adam Foote's career. The Avalanche season. The four-game losing streak.

One way or another, it's coming to an end today.

3:00 PM ET. Edmonton.

The end of the NHL season is always surreal. It sucks when the time comes in early April. Not only does it make the offseason longer, but we watch the playoffs with the thought of "what if?" in the back of our minds.

What if Chris Stewart hadn't broken his hand in that fight?

What if Tomas Fleischmann and Peter Mueller hadn't suffered devastating injuries?

What if the defense wasn't made of glass?

What if Colby Cohen was given more of a chance?

What if Craig Anderson had signed that deal in the offseason?

The list of "what if?" questions goes on and on with this club this season, but luckily for management, a lot of this team's flaws are pretty clear.

Adding size to the wings, securing another top-4 defender, and finally bringing in a true #1 goalie will be the main priorities in the offseason. But there are a host of other questions:

Will Joe Sacco be back next year? Probably.

Will Matt Hunwick? Probably not.

Who will be the captain? Perhaps Liles or Hejduk or Stastny.

Can Tyson Barrie, Cameron Gaunce, or Stefan Elliott step up and join the big club? Hopefully.

Again, the list goes on and on.

For now, we celebrate Adam Foote's career in one final game in what has turned out to be a season from hell.

Cheers.

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