Denial: "We're MUCH better than we're playing!! Markov's coming back and we'll turn things around!! Just have to go on a run and squeeze into 8th, then ANYTHING can happen!! I can feel Cup #25!!"
Pain & Guilt: "I can't stand watching them blow another lead. I can't even bear to read the stats. Oh god... it's all because I moaned about JM and hated Wiz... I'm so sorry..."
Anger & Bargaining: Please... take anyone... Pleks, DD, Patches... ANYONE... just give us Getzlaf. Okay, forget it -- screw you!! Just tank already!! Drive for last place baby!! Go Bruins!! No wait -- I didn't mean it!! I can't stand Boston!! Please, just try a bit harder... you can still do it..."
Depression: "We're not getting any better... we...are... toast... "
Upward turn: "Okay... I have my health... there are porn sites I've never seen..."
Reconstruction: "Yakupov, Grigs, cap space, draft picks. Eight months to 2012/13 - WOO -HOO!!"
Well thought out, topic referenced and presented. Congratulations!
As to me, at 62 years of age (and more road-wise, I hope), a long time ago, I arrived at the ACCEPTANCE stage. To me, a game loss or a season lost is of small issue compared to another day of sunrise in my eyes. On top of that, whatever happens, God is still good.
I have to admit, though, to a hint of BARGAINING with a blend of RECONSTRUCTION being still present.
I keep thinking also "Come on, now... there's nothing to be gained by pushing for a place in the playoffs and finishing 9th or 10th and, as a result, pickcing about 12th or 13th overall in the coming entry draft. This is a good time to face up to the situation as it is and take steps to retool even if it means going through something like this two or three (hopefully not four) years in a row."
I accepted the season was going to be done the minute the Markov fiasco started. So it's been quite some time now that I have accepted. Because while I agreed with the decision to re-sign Markov, I vehemently disagreed with other decisions made about the D in case Markov would either not play or be re-injured.
On D, especially the last two years, history has shown that having a back up plan for Markov isn't a bad idea. Part of that plan should have included another top 4 d-man and a rocket shot from the point. Gauthier should have known better.
I think last game pushed me once and for all into the Reconstruction stage. I'll probably enjoy the remaining games as mini-dramas in themselves, and focus on who we should build around and who should go for next season.
For all practical purposes, I'm looking at this season as the 2012/13 pre-season.
I'm not all that healthy and I've seen all the porn out there, so I'm stuck in the depression stage, in which I have always excelled
I think I'll hit the reconctruction phase only when Goats get the hook and is replaced by someone who inspires me a little more confidence. Or perhaps if our firesale (and tank job) is being more successful than I expect it to be (being the depressed pessimistic that I am...)
We've been losers for many years now -- for me at least, this season is a time to celebrate -- not GRIEF.
Prefer to finish bottom 5 than make the playoffs with no chance of a cup.
Look at the last time we got a top pick -- that pick is known as the core of our franchise.
@CI, yep! It's really hard as competitive City/people to give up when your right on the fine line, but finally we are so below it, that it reality sunk in. This could just be what we really needed, then again I said I was at Porn stage. So I'm OK.
The Flyers re-built in like 2 years, unlike Edmonton & Pittsburgh, Montreal can always go to the CAP. But we should really develop or risk making the same mistakes again...