Ignore all those nice media types who had deadlines to meet and scanned 30 rosters to arbitrarily pick a winner. It's nice many of their fingers ended up pointing at the Orca, suggesting the ingredients are there to be an elite. If only an endorsement from Barry f'ing Melrose quenched the thirst.
Tonight the long climb begins. Nothing will be settled but clues will be shared: can the Sedins pick up where they left off? Are Kesler and Raymond ready for their encore? Are Malhotra and Schaefer (Malfer?) better than Wellwood/Bernier & Bolduc/Desbiens better than Hordichuk/Johnson? Is Hamhuis ready to be a #1 defenseman? Is Bieksa ready for top pairing duties? Has Alberts learned from his past transgressions? And Luongo...oh Bob...it starts and stops with you. I assume biking improves rebound control. That's silly...of course it does.
So the Kings final loss last season will come from the same team who will give them their first for 2011? Yeah, I like that too. It's cute the Kings have jammed the brakes on their suck for the first time in a decade, but if anyone is more mentally fragile than Lui, it's baby joey quick. He had all summer to memorize his Tony Robbins seminars but an opening night shellacking will ruin his happy space. We love ya Willie, but tonight you'll see you backed the wrong horse.
Marta: Te Quiero.
Gob: English, please.
Marta: I love you.
Gob: Great, now I'm late.
Love is a bitch. We're celebrating 40 years of it in fact.
Time to get Hank's iron-fisted reign off on the right foot. Beef Stroganoff for everyone!