It’s back, people. Hockey is bleepin’ back.
I couldn’t be more excited for it, either.
Granted, the Flyers look nothing like they did last season but we’ve beaten that horse to death. There’s no use covering it anymore.
Instead of providing you with the lengthy post about what you should expect from this team, how we should temper our expectations, yadda yadda yadda, I say that we just sit back and enjoy the ride.
It’s time to get pumped up, people, because the regular season is here and it isn’t going away any time soon (Relatively speaking. Who knows what will happen during the offseason?).
Tonight’s game isn’t one where we should hope the Flyers exact revenge on the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. There’s no reason for it to be. What’s in the past is in the past, including last season’s roster. A majority of these guys have no reason to play with a chip on their shoulder against Boston, as they were in Los Angeles, Columbus, Russia, and elsewhere. up until recently.
No, tonight’s game is one where we get a good look at the new roster hitting the ice for the first time of the regular season. We will sit back and enjoy the beautiful chemistry between Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr. We can stare in awe at the dynamic speed of the newly formed Voracek-Briere-Simmonds line. We will see if Matt Read can live up to Bob McKenzie’s bold prediction and if Sean Couturier can beat the odds and stick with the team. We can rest assured that, contracts aside, the Flyers have two goalies capable of consistently backstopping the team at a high level.
Maybe this isn’t the year that the orange and black march down Broad Street in June but that’s OK. There’s a lot to be excited about for the future. This team is young, fast, bigger, gritty and full of potential. Early indications show that this group is lighthearted and gets along well and the importance of this can not be emphasized enough.
There’s a lot to be excited about this year. Sure, you should temper your expectations but there’s no reason not to enjoy watching this team come into its own and grow to its full potential.
There are no fewer than 82 hockey games ahead of us. Let’s take them one at a time without taking any of them for granted. Enjoy the losses as much as the wins because, either way, it’s still better than the painful tedium of the offseason.