For the third year in a row the Colorado Avalanche have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the second round. But this time it hurt the most. It wasn't like two years ago at all. Two years ago they were the 8th seed just happy to make it to the playoffs. Then they completed a gentleman's sweep of the 1st seed Flames. Anything after that was icing on the cake, so losing in the second round wasn't all that bad. Although it still sucked. Then last year was the bubble. Let's be honest. That whole experience sucked. No fans, months off between the end of the regular season and the playoffs, plus all the injuries. It all felt whack. So when the Avalanche lost to the Stars in the second round last year it didn't hurt nearly as much as this year. Although it's not like it didn't hurt. Pretty sure a few tears slipped out after that loss. But I was drunk so not sure. Anyways.
The expectations were sky high this year. The Avalanche were the favorites, or whatever. The boys took home the Presidents Cup for christ's sake. They were the best team in the regular season this year. But they were bounced in the second round, yet again, by the second best team in the league, the Knights. Avalanche fans can't forget that. This team didn't get taken to seven games just to lose to the Canadiens like the Leafs did this year. No, they lost to the only other team that could keep up with them during the regular season. They got bounced by the team that would have won the President's Cup had the Avalanche not won their last game of the year. And even though it hurt like hell to watch the Avalanche get bounced in the second round for the third year in a row it's not all doom and gloom.
Sure it might feel like doom and gloom right now, us Avalanche fans have to wait until October to watch the boys play again. But the future is anything but gloomy. It's as bright as it's ever been. The window for this team to win a Stanley Cup is wide open. Sakic has a lot of work to do this offseason to keep it wide open, but no matter what, this team has the weapons to win it all. Sakic has to resign Landeskog, Makar, Grubauer, and Saad to new contracts all while trying to figure out how to navigate another expansion draft. Hopefully the Seattle Kraken aren't as insufferable as Las Vegas. But Sakic has proved that he's a master of the offseason. Putting together phenomenal teams before the season starts seems to be his speciality. His trade deadline acquisitions this year were soft, Sodenburg and Nemeth were practically useless come playoffs, but there is no reason to believe he's going to drop the ball this offseason and make the team worse.
Plus, Sakic would have to actively try to make this team worse. He's set up the t