Reflections on the 2011-2012 NHL season

Today is the one year anniversary of the last Atlanta Thrashers game, so I figured it’d be appropriate to reflect briefly on this season sans a team in my backyard (sorry, folks – Duluth is not my backyard, Duluth is Outer Mongolia) and on a season where the Blues’ve exceeded my expectations and made me the happiest hockey fan in the state of Georgia. These bullets aren’t in chronological order, and some of them might not even make sense, but here they are. Dodge them if you dare.

  • Wasting a Guinness protesting a knee from Kris Letang on Bryan Little is both amazing and depressing at the same time. “Noo! The beer! Wait, how’d they arc it over the glass like that?” was my exact thought when it happened last year.
  • No one should remember their final game seeing a franchise play in their original city by walking out to their car and seeing the arena ice dumped on train tracks
  • I’m usually not one to call individuals out for stupidity, but I will never, ever forget John Kincade saying “see you next year!” after the last game. If someone deserves a kick in the shins, it’s him.
  • Fire’s therapeutic.
  • Never drink massive amounts of beer while watching the new GM of your old team draft a poor 18 year old kid. You wind up screaming things like “GIVE ME BACK MY TEAM, YOU PIECE OF SHIT” to Gary Bettman via a TV in an apartment where no one can hear you but your cat. It’s sad.
  • There are some extremely nice fans of the Winnipeg Jets. Get to know them. Not all of them are Neopegger 15 year old trolls — though those people are fun to torture.
  • Seeing these guys in a different uniform was weird until Chris Mason allowed four goals. Then it wasn’t.
  • It’s ok to be ticked off about being screwed over, though it is more helpful if hatred is directed to the appropriate targets.
  • Driving three and a half hours to see a hockey game is super fun until you look at your bank account; driving three and a half hours to see the Blues with a bunch of fantastic Blues fans is one of the greatest ideas of my life.
  • David Perron is underrated.
  • David Backes is the perfect personification of a hockey player: gritty, smart, no-nonsense, and saves puppies while flying planes.
  • Jim Slater is one of the classiest players in the NHL and I’m happy he’s getting love somewhere.
  • Barret Jackman haters confuse me. In fact, people who hate Sir Jaxx make me sad.
  • NBC Sports Network is pretty fun, except when the Blues are nationally broadcast, because then they lose.
  • There are some super nice Blackhawks fans out there. There are also some super nice Red Wings fans out there. Sorry, though — I’m still morally obligated to hate your team.
  • I’d like the Preds if they weren’t in the Central Division or Western Conference.
  • I’m also insanely jealous of the Predators.
  • Not having a team that makes stupid deals converts the trade deadline day into something amazingly dull.
  • Doug Armstrong is Mega Mind.
  • T.J. Oshie’s growing up, and I’m really liking watching it (not like that).
  • Brian Elliott is the NHL’s feel good story of the season, and if you don’t believe me, he and Jaroslav Halak have a Jennings Trophy to show you.
  • Alex Pietrangelo should win the Norris.
  • Kevin Shattenkirk will win it one day.
  • Does your team need a boost to get into the playoffs? Sign two old men.
  • I feel a little guilty for the success the Blues’ve had and how happy I’ve been. I’m sorry, Thrashers fans. Just because I’m over my head happy about the Blues doesn’t mean that I don’t miss the hockey team that we had in Atlanta very much.
  • There is no more comfortable article of clothing than a size 56 hockey jersey.
  • Twitter has really broadened my horizons when it comes to other teams and their fans. Hey, people — instead of using it to talk shit about others, how about just using it to talk.
  • Jingoism runs all ways.
  • Honoring a number is stupid; just retire them, Calgary.
  • Scott Nichol is the Honeybadger’s role model, but he doesn’t give a shit that he is.
  • It doesn’t matter how you win a Central Division banner, as long as you win the damned thing.
  • The Blues actually have the tools to go deep into the playoffs, and my inner pessimist is having a hell of a time keeping her mouth shut.
  • The Stanley Cup sure would look a hell of a lot better with “St. Louis Blues” etched on the side.

About Laura Astorian

Laura Astorian is the head editor for the SB Nation blog St. Louis Game Time and has been a Blues fan from childhood. She promises that any anti-Blackhawks bias will be left at the door. Maybe.