It is indeed a sad time for hockey fans across the great white north. With the playoff picture coming into sharp focus this week, it seems that the invites to the big dance for Canadian teams were lost in the mail this season.
Sounds nuts doesn't it? A team that was off to their best start in franchise history, only to fall into the deepest pits of despair in January. A team who fired their head coach and replaced him with the interim head coach John Torchetti. Why would you want to root for a team that has little to no hope of making much noise in the post-season?
I get it. You're a weary bunch. It's been a long season of one misfortune after another. You don't want to pile onto the Wild bandwagon only to have it catch fire leaving much like the their equipment trailer did a few seasons ago in Ottawa. Allow me, if you will, an opportunity to entice you though.
We have an interim coach, a team who's effort level comes and goes with the tides, we find ways to win games and we certainly find ways to lose games as well. We're practically Canada! Sure, you could hitch your wagon to one of those other teams, but where is the fun in that? Besides, you'll likely get your chance to do that anyway after the Wild are excused from the playoffs in the early rounds, and if they aren't eliminated early you'll be able to say you were one of the early adopters of the Wild this season! It's a win-win!!!