These last five months have been particularly bad, considering that the Devils were cut short last season. I am so used to watching them in the playoffs, that I almost lost my mind when the season ended in April.
A few nights ago, I had a nightmare. Between the terrible circumstances of last season, the Kovy saga, and the multiple news articles about their bankruptcy situation, I had a dream that the Devils were moving to Quebec to become the Nordiques. I woke up in a cold sweat, and haven't felt right since. The thought of the team moving might remove my interest from hockey entirely. I know the subject hasn't even been talked about yet, and perhaps I'm just being anxious, but since I've been a fan I've felt like the league has had it out for the Devils, and what better way to rid the league of their cancer than to send them to another country?
I should also say that I live in Brooklyn, New York, which I guess helps to make me nervous about my team. Everyone I know, (and I literally mean everyone), is a Ranger fan. My hatred for the Rags is undeniably strong, but they have seemed scarier over the years. When I was younger, I never had to worry about them. They were the most predictable team in the league. They'd sign a big name guy who is past his prime, and then not make the playoffs, or get kicked out in the first round. Meanwhile, we had a strong core that would sweep past them with ease. They were a joke to us.
But it seems the table has turned. I hate to say it (and believe me, I do) but this year, the Rags seem like they could be really good. I mean, really really good. With the exception of their unproven defense, they have a strong core, good playmaking, and strong personality, not to mention their goaltender who is one of the most dominant in the league. It hurts me just to write this, but I can't deny the truth.
Now, I take a look back at our team. They are young, very unproven, captain-less, and coming off the worst season in potentially franchise history. We have a coach I didn't know existed before the day he was signed, and a ton of players who are barely old enough to drink in this country. We also have our #1 center injured for god knows how long, and our best player potentially leaving because of a bad one year deal.
The point is, I used to never have to worry about my team. They always made great choices, which often seemed questionable, but worked out nicely in the end. Don't get me wrong. I'm not doubting the team or Lou, whatsoever. I am just concerned about our future. I'm hoping this is just a transition phase, and not the beginning of their end. But, I really hope I never have to write something like this again.