Caufield of Dreams: Build It and He Will Come

We know that we won’t be planning for the playoffs or a Stanley Cup parade in Montreal and no, it’s not due to the Coronavirus! Fans are at each others like flies on a pile of “you know what”. Twitter is toxic. Newspapers and some radio shows are overflowing with nastiness, some of it bordering infatuation and witch hunts towards the organisation, the owner, the GM, the coach, the players, the trainer, the equipment manager, the ushers and even Youppi! NCAA seasons are coming to an end for some. European leagues are starting to wrap up their activities for others. And for some prospects, it’s decision time…

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The Kiss of Death? Maybe, Maybe not

Let’s face it. It’s a disappointing season for everyone. After missing the playoffs by four points last season, the players were pumped when showing up at training camp. They felt like they had a legitimate shot at playing hockey in April and they worked all summer to get ready. The coaching staff also liked their chances of helping them get to that goal. Marc Bergevin, while disappointed to lose out on Matt Duchene and Sebastian Aho, likely would not have predicted seeing his team this far out of a playoffs’ spot at this time of the season. And fans? Well, fans will be fans. But the sting of missing the playoffs once again is not easy on anyone.

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