With the Buffalo Sabres out of the playoffs, it stands for reason that many people will end their hockey regiments, shave their playoff beards, and wait for the day when free agency opens up.
Are you one of those fans that sits idly by now giving up on hockey until the Buffalo Sabres? In some respects, so am I. I will casually watch the Stanley Cup Finals for the amazing hockey that it represents, but I have to think long and hard…who is left that want to have a rooting interest for?
I can say without a doubt, that I will not be rooting for the Philadelphia Flyers in this playoff series. I don’t think I could ever share a rooting interest for those douche bag orange jerseys. I would rather see a team from Winnipeg win over the Philadelphia Flyers.
Out in the West, I don’t really have a favorite team. I don’t want to have a rooting interest for the Vancouver Canucks - if a team from the class of 1970 wins the Cup, I want the Sabres to be able to do it first. Plus, I can’t see Luongo lasting for a Stanley Cup run given his track record in the first round against Chicago.
I don’t want to root for the Washington Capitals. Winning that division is more of a joke than anything, so I don’t put to much weight into the fact that they won the Presidents Trophy while playing the likes of the SouthEast division.
To stand by my true allegiances, despite the rivalry that once and to some extent still exists between my Buffalo Sabres and the Boston Bruins, they are my adopted team for the rest of these Stanley Cup playoffs, so long that they are still alive. If you are going to see a Champion crowd, I would at least like it to come from my division.
Heading into round two, my allegiance is to the Boston Bruins. I will watch them with deft interest while I concentrate on the off season happenings of the Buffalo Sabres.