I hate having Leighton as the #1 as much as the next guy, but seriously? Kimmo played well over 100 games last year and the #1-2 defenseman on both his NHL and his national team. He went pretty deep in the Olympics and lost, then went as deep as you can go in the Stanley Cup playoffs and lost. Him saying, "I not mentally ready yet" or "it felt like ten months went down the drain" suggests that he had his goal at the end and he didn't make it, and he's still trying to recover from it. This guy was in Nashville for years and didn't play in the Conference finals in '08. He finally got to the Stanley Cup, he lost, and he's saying that he's drained, not that he's going to kill Paul Holmgren.
He's 35, never really got a chance at winning a Cup, finally got it, and feels like he blew it. He knows he only has a few more good seasons in him and knows he doesn't have as many chances left as say, a 21 year old JVR.
I think once he gets back on the ice, gets comfortable with this team, and starts to see where the team is headed, he'll start to calm down and get going again.
You think he's gonna talk about how life is great coming so close to his and his teamates lifelong goal only to come up short. Doesn't matter how good or bad your GM is. Losing in the stanley cup finals sucks and has to take a huge mental strain on the players.
Hextall never got over it... still hasnt...still can't watch any highlights of that series
Look at Roenick , i think his only cup chance came with the blackhawks in the early prime of his career and he never got back to the finals after all those years
Yeah he's another good example. It was so bad in his case he lived vicariously through the Blackhawks this past season and broke down after they won the cup. It's like a parent that lives vicariously through their children....