What can we expect come NHL restart?
Every now and then you'll find yourself needing to send a communication to someone in your personal or professional life that requires a response. As such you'll make the topic of your letter or your heading a fairly clear and/or bold-ed phrase such as “Immediate Response Required.” Often it's an urgent matter that just needs someone to review and make a decision on what the next step will be. Once the recipient of this communication receives it, they will ponder if they will go with option A or option B and this, depending on the circumstance will lead to a level of satisfaction with the decision and hopefully the end result.
In hockey, as in life, responses are required to push a process forward and make sure that eventually the ultimate goal is achieved. The Vancouver Canucks have begun skating again (for those not involved still in Olympic play) and hope to get back their game legs pretty quickly. Physically, this will be a non-issue as every team is going through pretty much the same schedule. Mentally, it's a toss up and there are two options on how it will be played out. The Brothers Sedin have received a blow, that requires an immediate response on one of two potential options. Either they become very agitated, fired up, proud men that will take team Sweden loss to the Slovakian side as a push off to even better play, or it will be a drowsy, sluggish reset. It was evident to the entire world that arguably the strongest group in the Men's Olympic Hockey Tourney had been taken out in that game. Unlike the 2002 group that experienced the shock of Belarus taking their hopes away, the 2010 version of Team Sweden avoided the really embarrassing loss and nullified a strong game by the Belarusians. Much more to the point, the Sedin's actually played very well the entire tournament, even in the elimination game. They were on the ice at critical times and were moving the puck the way all Canuck fans are used to. So they have no reason to be disappointed with their effort, but when you lose in a big game, playing for your country it stings. It's tough to put yourself in their shoes, and you expect them to just send it back to everyone who watched in Vancouver at Canada Hockey Place with the right attitude. To do this is much tougher than it sounds and showing up with the strong will, emotion and energy is what the Sedin's need to do once the NHL season restarts. Points being at a premium, we hope the response is option A and people in Vancouver await reply.
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Written by Luke Mirza